RIGOLETTO - VERDI
NEW YORK CITY OPERA
Coming Together Drive-in Live Opera
300 Enterprise Drive - 300 Enterprise Drive, Kingston, NY, USA
NEW YORK CITY OPERA: "RIGOLETTO" BY VERDI
Sunday, August 29, 2021
8:30 PM 10:00 PM
New York City Opera brings its legendary artistry to our stage with a 90-minute version of one of opera’s most beloved works, Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto, featuring Michael Chioldi in the title role, Brandie Sutton as his daughter Gilda and Won Whi Choi as the lecherous Duke of Mantua. The production will be staged by NYCO General Director Michael Capasso and feature narration written and performed by acclaimed Shakespearean actor and noted playwright Bill Van Horn.
Dubbed “The People's Opera” by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia at its founding in 1943, City Opera continues its commitment to supporting great American talent, launching careers, and highlighting new and exciting artists with every production.
Rigoletto Michael Chioldi
Duke of Mantua Won Whi Choi
Gilda Brandie Sutton
Maddalena Lisa Chavez
Sparafucile Kevin Short
The Duke of Mantua at a party in his palace sings of how for him one woman is never sufficient for long. He talks with excitement about his next victim: a girl he has followed in disguise from church every Sunday. Monterone forces his way in to denounce the Duke for seducing and debasing his daughter. Rigoletto, the Duke's court jester answers him with vicious mockery. Monterone hurls a father’s curse at both Duke and jester.
Rigoletto meets Sparafucile who offers his services as an assassin. After this chance encounter, Rigoletto reflects on the similarities of their professions: the one wounds with a knife, the other with his tongue. Gilda, Rigoletto's daughter presses Rigoletto to reveal his identity and her real name and background. But Rigoletto is only obsessed with the need for Gilda to remain hidden from contact with the outside world. He begs Giovanna, a nursemaid, to keep his daughter safe, but she has already arranged for Gilda’s admirer (the Duke in disguise) to meet her. Rigoletto leaves for work, and Giovanna leaves Gilda alone with the Duke, who says he is a poor student called Gualtier Malde.
Rigoletto comes to search for Gilda, and eventually realizes that she is with the Duke. Even when they are told Gilda is not his mistress but his daughter, the courtiers ignore the jester’s pleas for help. Gilda finally appears, torn between guilt and love for the Duke. Monterone is led past, lamenting the ineffectuality of his curse. Rigoletto swears to avenge him, but Gilda, still besotted, pleads mercy for the Duke.
On Rigoletto’s instructions, Sparafucile has used his sister Maddalena to lure the Duke, now disguised to his squalid bar by the river. Rigoletto brings Gilda, who still believes the Duke loves her, to witness his infidelity. Once she has seen enough, Rigoletto orders her to go home and disguise herself as a young man in preparation for their escape from the city. Rigoletto now pays Sparafucile his first installment. As the storm breaks, Gilda returns and overhears Maddalena pleading with Sparafucile to spare the attractive young soldier. Sparafucile agrees only if a substitute victim appears by midnight. Gilda sacrifices herself to save the Duke’s life. Rigoletto returns to collect the corpse, but as he is about to throw the sack with the corpse in the river, he hears the Duke nonchalantly singing in the distance. Opening the sack, he discovers his daughter. Monterone’s curse has been fulfilled.
Join us August 27-29. For more info: www.phoeniciaVoiceFest.org.
CURRENT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS WILL BE FOLLOWED AT ALL TIMES. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-york-state-adopt-new-cdc-guidance-mask-use-and-social-distancing. click on link for up to date CDC Guidance and Protocols.
PLEASE ONLY PURCHASE ONE TICKET PER VEHICLE, NOT PER PERSON IN VEHICLE.
All vehicles will be parked as they arrive, first come first serve.
You will be directed to a designated spot in your admission section for the concert.
Once parked your vehicle will remain in that space until the end of the performance.
Vendors TBD, check for updates. Info will be available on site on performance dates.
PER VEHICLE COSTS:
VIP - 3-NIGHT PASS 117 - full stage view and jumbotron $525.00
GA - 3-NIGHT PASS 385 - full jumbotron $255.00
VIP - First 4 rows/center 117 - full stage view and jumbotron $200.00
GA - General Admission 385 - full jumbotron $ 95.00
AT - Affordable Ticket 97 - distance jumbotron $ 50.00
IMPORTANT.PLEASE READ THE CAR GUIDANCE GIVEN TO YOU WHEN YOU ENTER.
Trucks and vans will be parked on outside edges of their sections to avoid blocking anyone’s view. No tailgating or sitting on top of cars, (visibility issues), during the shows . Lawn chairs will be allowed if CDC compliances permits. Please turn off cell phones and do not turn on engines or headlights during the performance unless there is an emergency. Staff will direct you to an exit at the end of the performance.
PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR PARKING AREA, (IN VEHICLE OR ON CHAIRS OUTSIDE)
AND FOLLOW CURRENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES. WEAR A MASK IF YOU ARE NOT VACCINATED AND NEED TO LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE TO USE THE PORTALETS. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-york-state-adopt-new-cdc-guidance-mask-use-and-social-distancing. click on link for up to date CDC Guidance and Protocols.
HAND SANITIZER AND WIPES WILL BE AVAILABLE.
The festival is a rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable.
All acts are subject to change without notice.
if you have any questions or concerns, call: 845- 594-8201
The performances will take place August 27, 28 & 29 at 300 Enterprise Drive in Kingston. This site offers the needed space for social distancing and staggering of cars on a blacktop parking area. As at a typical drive-in movie, the audience will drive right into parking slots, relax, and enjoy the show. Sound will be provided through high-quality live speakers or through your FM radio, (station to be announced). Both the venue and the technology ensure that audience members stay safe in their cars while musicians, performers and staff “socially distance” themselves on stage, backstage, or while serving you. We are again grateful to Ulster County officials , town of Ulster and Blueprint for their encouragements and support.
There will be vendors, and joy... in a very safe environment where nothing will be done without monitoring and approval from CDC.
Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, PO Box 327, Phoenicia, NY 12464 | Ticketing (845) 688-3291 | Administration (845) 688-3000