Rigoletto Director Stephanie Havey shares vision for Rigoletto

A glimpse into Rigoletto from Stage Director Stephanie Havey

Verdi’s Rigoletto is based on Victor Hugo’s 1832 play Le Roi S’amuse (The King Amuses Himself), which centers on the excesses of a cynical and ruthless king who revels in the cruel treatment of his courtiers, particularly his jester.

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Taste buds: Meet Love’s new flavor in honor of Rigoletto.

Stop whatever you’re doing and go try Love’s Ice Cream’s new, limited-time-only flavor in honor of Rigoletto.

Opera Grand Rapids and Love’s Ice Cream have collaborated to release a new small-batch ice cream flavor in celebration of Opera Grand Rapids’ upcoming production of Rigoletto this weekend.

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The show must go on: overcoming mishaps on and off the stage

This story is part of a series of 50 stories we are releasing to commemorate 50 years of opera in West Michigan. Browse more stories and follow our journey throughout the season.

One reason that live theatre is still flourishing in the digital age—it feels dangerous,

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How blackmail launched Mark Rucker’s 34-year career in opera

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The legendary baritone shares which musicians he admires most, how tragedy helps shape his characterizations,

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OGR’s unflappable veteran stagecrafter knows his fire and explosives

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One of the country’s longest-serving Technical Directors on the fun in opera and the nonsense in rock n’

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The unequivocally epic spectacle of a community-built “Aida”

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10,000 patrons, 350 choristers, 16 horses, four elephants, and one unequivocally epic spectacle.

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Maestro Robert Lyall reflects on OGR’s legendary artists

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What makes a great opera singer? Verdi was only half right.

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A Look Through Opera’s Fashion Runway

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With New York Fashion Week upon us,

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Rigoletto’s Stephen Gaertner on embodying a character, maturing into a role & more

 

Since his Metropolitan Opera debut as Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in October 2007, American baritone Stephen Gaertner has emerged as an artist to watch in the operatic world. His other roles at the Met have included Melot in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde,

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Opera in Pop Culture (our favorites)

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From a hip-hop musical film starring Queen Bey to one the greatest cartoons of all time.

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