by Opera San Antonio

May. 05 - May. 07, 2022
Thursday, Saturday

Rigoletto by Verdi has often been called the greatest of all operas. A remarkable combination and conflict of human wills: Rigoletto, a father and the lackey of a corrupt court, is overwhelmed by a new love for a daughter he doesn’t know how to protect; The Duke, a powerful seducer who thinks he has found his better impulses, but cannot stop abusing his power; and Gilda, an innocent girl who values her unfaithful lover more than she does herself. It is an epic testament to the power humans can wield over each other.

Feature by Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Premiere Date: Teatro La Fenice, Venice, May 1851
Librettist: Francesco Piave after Victor Hugo’s play “Le roi s’amuse”

Verdi's Rigoletto has often been called the greatest of all operas. Filled with famous arias, it is also a powerful drama about a flawed father's love. Rigoletto, the Duke's joker, has always willingly gone along with the Duke's abuses of power--until his own daughter falls victim to the Duke's charms.

Performed in Italian with English supertitles.
This production of Rigoletto is a co-production of Boston Lyric Opera, The Atlanta Opera, and Opera Omaha. 

Prior to each performance, a lecture is open to any ticket-holder from 6:30-7 PM. These lectures are designed to be educational for opera-goers of all ages and are offered to help the audience gain a better understanding of the production they are about to experience.


The Duke of Mantua is a menace. Rigoletto believes he has kept his daughter Gilda from harm, but the Duke finds a way (in disguise) to seduce her. The court has no sympathy, and Rigoletto feels powerless, unable to protect his daughter’s virtue. However, his angry quest for revenge has tragic consequences: Gilda truly loves her seducer and is willing to die in his place.

by Giuseppi Verdi
Opera San Antonio

Thursday, Saturday,
May 05 - May 07, 2022
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium Circle
San Antonio, TX, 78205

MAY 5, 2022 | 7:30 P.M.
MAY 7, 2022 | 7:30 P.M.


Tickets $40 - $180; reserved parking available

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