Resonance Works brings Rigoletto’s “eternal” to Carnegie Music Hall Theater | Pittsburgh

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Jeremy Browner, Maria Braa and Andrew Cummings

The Pittsburgh-based Resonance Works closes its ninth season with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera. Rigoletto.

RigolettoMay 20 and May 22 at Carnegie Music Hall tells the story of Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, who falls in love with the infamous Duke in disguise, and the world of privileges and power she is exposed to as a result. Rigoletto will be played by Andrew Cummings, and Gilda will be played by Venezuelan soprano Maria Brea.

“There are several reasons why Gilda is an incredibly complex character. Vocally, this role governs every technical aspect of the human voice: trills, ocher, cadence, etc. As for style, Verdi’s style has so many nuances and depths that can be held. a whole session on one page and at the same time feel that you can learn something else the next day, ”Brea said in a press release. “In terms of character, it takes you on a journey, really horrible things are happening to Gilda that it’s impossible not to feel upset and uncomfortable reading a libretto. I can’t wait to approach this work with respect and gratitude. ”

The Duke of Mantua will be played by Jeremy Brauner, whose voice has been described as a “tingling in the spine.” The rest of the cast consists of many talented singers and performers, namely Sergio Martinez, a Colombian bass who is making his professional debut in the US. Martinez will be joined by mezzo-soprano Timothy Williams, who works at the faculty at Slippery Rock University, and baritone Graham Fundray, the new director of programming at the Pittsburgh Cultural Foundation.

“We were looking forward to being able to put on stage Rigoletto since it was postponed to 2020. We have now gathered some of the most exciting budding opera artists in the country to liven it up, ”says Maria Sensei Zellner, conductor, artistic and CEO of Resonance Works. “With the insightful leadership of Mo Zhou, this familiar classic is gaining new relevance as we reshape Gilda’s experience for 21st century audiences.”

Rigoletto. 20:00 Fri, May 20 and 15:00 Sun, May 22. Andrew Carnegie Music Hall. 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. 10-50 dollars. resonanceworks.org


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