Opera in the Park
Free Performance for Family and Friends
8/2/2023, 3:26 p.m.
Opera in the park presents RIGOLETTO as its 21st annual concert at 6pm on August 13th in the Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater. This year’s stars include acclaimed baritone Luis Ledesma in the title role; soprano Aubry Ballaro in her Oregon debut as Rigoletto’s innocent daughter “Gilda;” and dashing Mexican tenor Cesar Delgado as the unforgettable “Duke of Mantua.” Other principal artists include bass-baritone Deandre Simmons, whom many will remember from last season’s production of AÏDA; Portland favorites Richard Zeller, Hannah Penn, and Jocelyn Claire Thomas; and the Opera in the park Portland chorus and orchestra. Artistic Director Keith Clark, winner of the prestigious American Prize for Opera Conducting, leads the production.
One of Verdi's most beloved operas, Rigoletto tells a captivating story of love, betrayal, and vengeance. Set in Renaissance Italy, the opera follows the tragic tale of the court jester, as he navigates a treacherous world of power, corruption, and moral dilemmas. With its unforgettable melodies and poignant drama, Rigoletto continues to captivate audiences around the world.
Bring a picnic and join an audience of 3,000 family and friends for this beloved Portland tradition in what promises to be an extraordinary evening that combines the magnificence and power of Verdi's music with the natural beauty of the pacific northwest. This FREE open-air performance will enchant and transport audiences, offering a unique and immersive operatic experience. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of an unforgettable night of music, drama, and community.