Pro Musica's opera this season will be Guiseppe Verdi's masterpiece Rigoletto at the Teatro Angela Peralta on Friday and Sunday, February 8th and 10th. 2019, both at 5 pm. It is one of the most popular of the composer's "big three" middle period works, with La Traviata and Il Trovatore. It is an exciting and gripping opera, resonant with parallels to our own times.
Set in the grubby world of the Duke of Mantua, a man with few morals and a great deal of power, the action plumbs the depths of nastiness and the bad guy doesn't get his comeuppance. Gilda, the ill-fated daughter of the Court Jester, Rigoletto, is the #MeToo figure in the drama. Groomed by the predator Duke, her father is so enraged by the seduction that he hires an assassin to kill the monster. In the shocking climax to the opera Rigoletto unknowingly causes the assassin to murder Gilda instead of the Duke.
Rigoletto is an opera with extremes, but it also has a sense of moral ambiguity. The grim palace of the Duke is contrasted by the tranquillity and isolation of Gilda, who sings some of the most divine music. Verdi also cleverly gives the despicable Duke some devilishly charming music. Rigoletto's music is punchier and more declamatory, an uneasy mix of both worlds. With a finely etched balance between the grand and the intimate, from plush palace to rundown inn, Rigoletto is an opera that has it all.
Many of your favourite singers will be featured in the all-star cast. Enrique Angeles will sing the title role of Rigoletto, returning after his acclaimed Don Giovanni for Pro Musica last season. Gilda will be sung by San Miguel newcomer and rising soprano, Annabel de La Mora. Her recent Rossini Opera Gala conducted by Javier Camarena at the 10,000 seat National Auditorium in Mexico City marked her as one of the country's leading sopranos.
We also have a limited number of VIP Opera packages which include a ticket to the opera with a reserved seat, champagne in the interval, a ticket to our Gala Fundraiser and an invitation to the last night party on Sunday, including food and wine. These packages sold out quickly last season so buy now on line through the Prom Musica web site.
The Gala Fund Raiser is in aid of our Education Outreach programs and is on Tuesday, 5th February at 5 pm in a fabulous Hacienda in Los Frailes. It starts with champagne and canapes in the gardens and a short concert by the San Miguel Youth Orchestra. After a three course candle lit dinner with wine the stars of the opera sing.
Tickets for the opera are $250, $350, $750 and $800 pesos each and are on sale through the Pro Musica website, at the theater box office, at the Bookshop in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión - only at Aldama 3, and at Solutions, Recreo 11.