Opera Tales: Revenge Gone Unsuitable






Baritone Gordon Hawkins because the title character in Opera Colorado’s 2014 manufacturing of Rigoletto.
Photograph: Opera Colorado/Matthew Staver

By: Jennifer Colgan

Folks typically say, “revenge is nice.” There’s nothing extra satisfying than seeing the unhealthy man get his simply desserts. Opera is filled with satisfying revenge tales, from Elektra’s bloody retribution towards her father’s murderers to the wives of Windsor duping Falstaff. However what occurs when these simply desserts aren’t so candy? Opera has loads of revenge tales that match that invoice, together with Verdi’s Rigoletto, on stage on the Ellie beginning November 5.

As a part of its fortieth Anniversary Season, Opera Colorado presents Rigoletto November 5-13. Tickets are on sale now, beginning at simply $39>>

Tosca: Revenge Too Late

A woman in an opulent, burgundy velvet gown stands over the body of a man in a white shirt and black vest, with two candlesticks carefully placed on either side of him.
Soprano Melissa Citro because the title character in Opera Colorado’s 2021 manufacturing of Tosca.
Photograph: Opera Colorado/Matthew Staver

You don’t need to go too far again in Opera Colorado’s historical past for a revenge story and not using a glad ending—Puccini’s Tosca, which opened our 2021-22 Season. You may learn in regards to the characters and plot of Tosca right here, and one of many opera’s most memorable moments is when Tosca stabs Baron Scarpia as revenge for his betrayal, hoping that this can enable her to flee together with her love, Cavaradossi. However her revenge comes too late; Scarpia has already assured Cavaradossi’s execution, and upon witnessing it, Tosca leaps to her demise from the roof of the Castel Sant’Angelo.

Il trovatore: Combined-Up Revenge

A woman wearing a black head scarf and red cloth around her waist, both embellished with coins, along with a flowing black dress, kneels over a bench in anguish.
Nancy Maultsby as Azucena in Opera Colorado’s 2012 manufacturing of Il trovatore.
Photograph: Opera Colorado/Matthew Staver

One other opera revenge story gone flawed is a traditional by the composer of Rigoletto, Giuseppe VerdiIl trovatore. You would possibly know the thunderous “Anvil Refrain” from this opera, a melodramatic story of ardour and lethal errors. Azucena’s mom was accused of cursing the Rely of Luna’s son and subsequently executed. Azucena units out to homicide the Rely’s son in revenge and is so blind with rage that she unintentionally kills her personal youngster as an alternative.

Take heed to Azucena recount her mom’s demise and swear vengeance (courtesy of Metropolitan  Opera)>>

Rigoletto: Cursed Revenge

Rigoletto, written simply earlier than Il trovatore, is one in all opera’s most well-known tales of revenge gone flawed. Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda, is the one factor good in his life. When he sees the adulterous Duke of Mantua’s gaze set on her, he vows revenge and hires successful man to homicide the duke. What follows is an unlucky sequence of misunderstandings and sacrifices that outcome within the demise of Gilda as an alternative of the duke.

Learn extra in regards to the plot and characters of Rigoletto.>>

Whether or not you want a great revenge story or love the sound and spectacle of grand opera, be part of us and see the drama unfold when Verdi’s Rigoletto is on stage for 4 performances solely this fall.


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