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The Salt Marsh Opera Company will perform at Mystic Aquarium on Sunday, Sept. 16 to introduce the cast of “Rigoletto.” The cast will present water-themed, family-friendly performances from Broadway musicals free for aquarium guests at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. An evening cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception at 7 p.m. will feature a 45-minute performance with music from “Rigoletto” to offer guests a taste of the upcoming production.
Cost for the evening reception is $30 for the public and $25 for Mystic Aquarium members. Reservations are required and can be placed online or by calling 860.572.5955 ext. 520. All proceeds benefit Salt Marsh Opera.
Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto” is a haunting and tragic masterpiece that revolves around the malicious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera’s original title, “La maledizione” (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto’s encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda likewise falls in love with the Duke and eventually sacrifices her life to save him from the assassins hired by her father.
“Rigoletto” will be performed at the George Kent Performance Hall in Westerly, R.I., on Friday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 30 and at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Conn., on Friday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 7. Tickets are available for purchase at www.saltmarshopera.org and www.thekate.org.
Salt Marsh Opera is a professional opera company dedicated to producing high-quality, professional opera in Connecticut and Rhode Island. It is committed to building an audience for opera by presenting fully-staged productions, concerts of well-known opera music and timeless Broadway favorites. Its education program is designed to introduce opera to school-age children and invites participation in its student intern program. The Salt Marsh Opera Guild supports the opera by offering special opportunities including lectures and social events to its members and the community.
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