San Diego Opera opened a smart, vocally rich production Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” a classic gem of Grand Guignol theatrics Saturday, February 2, at San Diego Civic Theatre. Combining a large cast of stylish Verdian voices with Michael Cavanaugh’s sleek, tight direction, General Director David Bennett has clearly pleased everyone in the Civic Theatre audience . . .

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Tenor Scott Quinn, a gregarious Texan, can hardly wait for the curtain to go up on San Diego Opera’s production of Giussepe Verdi’s popular opera “Rigoletto.” “The reward of playing the Duke of Mantua in this opera is that I get to sing Verdi’s great music, and the Duke gets all of the best music–or at least the most tuneful music–in this opera.”

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San Diego Opera’s General Director David Bennett just announced Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” and Bizet’s “Carmen” as the 2018-2019 traditional main stage productions at Civic Theatre. Additional productions next season include Jake Heggie’s “Three Decembers” and Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.”

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