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Tickets are currently on sale for The Vancouver Concert Opera Society’s Rigoletto, Verdi’s gripping tragedy of revenge. Featuring such familiar tunes as “La donna è mobile (Woman is Fickle)” and great ensemble pieces including “Bella figlia dell’amore (Fair Daughter of Love)”, Rigoletto routinely makes the opera-lover’s Top 10 list for both its music and its dramatic characters. There will be three performances in total: two in Vancouver and one in White Rock, a debut venue for the Vancouver Concert Opera Society (“VanCOCO”).

Following the successes of both Carmen and The Vancouver International Fringe Festival hit, Trouble in Tahiti, VanCOCO returns to the scene, celebrating one year of Vancouver opera performances. VanCOCO brings together teams of creative minds, seasoned industry professionals, and top-notch vocalists to produce events that bring the highest standard of musical excellence to the concert stage.

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian Romantic composer, the majority of his pieces designed for the opera. He was considered one of 19th century’s most influential composers. Verdi’s works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world, transcending the boundaries of the genre. Some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture – think “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (The Drinking Song) from La traviata and the “Grand March” from Aida.

Jessie Award-winning actor Bernard Cuffling joins the cast of Rigoletto as narrator for this scintillating tragedy. The story explores matters of love, betrayal, jealousy and revenge, and will be conducted by Canadian maestro Gordon Gerrard, featuring Toronto based Baritone Keith O’Brien in the title role.

Local favourites include the dynamic Tenor Frédérik Robert (Duke of Mantua) and Coloratura Soprano Szu-Wen Wang (Gilda). Jordan Collalto (Bass-Baritone), Natalie Burdeny (Contralto), Ed Moran (Baritone), Megan Morrison (Mezzo-Soprano), Martin Sadd (Tenor), Aaron Durand (Baritone), Brandon Thornhill (Baritone), Max Van Wyck (Baritone) and Jacqollyne Keath (Mezzo Soprano) round out the stellar cast. Wenwen Du will accompany on piano.

This “in-concert” performance will be sung in Italian with English narration. Visit VanCOCO’s website for more details.

Vancouver: Canadian Memorial United Church, 15th and Burrard Streets
Dates: February 15 and 17, 7 pm

White Rock: First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Avenue
Date: February 18, 7 pm

Tickets: $18 and $22, available online. $21 and $25 (CASH ONLY) tickets will available at the door, provided there are still seats left.

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