In the video above, Rigoletto director Christopher Alden (whom COC patrons might remember as the director of The Flying Dutchman in 2010) gives us his take on Verdi's masterwork. For Alden, the themes of power, privilege, and sexual morality loom large. He sees the title character, Rigoletto, as an anti-hero battling to keep the disturbing facts of his professional life – and the world he operates in – separate from his private home life. As well as watching the video, which contains some costume sketches and set mock-ups, you can read more about Alden's production here.
Although the Duke is not a very likeable character, he does get some great tunes. We'd like you to join in the fun! Our new contest, Riff on Rigoletto, invites you to submit your own creative take on the unforgettable aria "La donna è mobile" for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Rigoletto plus vocal coaching sessions with award-winning jazz vocalist Adi Braun and COC vocal coach Wayne Vogan. The submission deadline is Oct. 5 – don't miss out!
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001