An enduring masterpiece from 1851.

Powerhouse American baritone Stephen Powell returns to Portland Opera as Rigoletto—the court jester who amuses a philandering and immoral Duke.  A clown in public, but a doting and protective father to his beloved Gilda in private, Rigoletto’s life will change forever when his mockery goes too far, and results in a fateful curse.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

This performance has two intermissions and the running time is approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes.

NEW! Beginning with our production of Rigoletto, Portland Opera will allow beverages in the theatre during our performances.

Tickets start at $35View seating map for Keller Auditorium.

If you’d like assistance planning your trip to the opera please contact our Opera Concierge: 503.241.1802 | concierge@portlandopera.org

The performance on May 6 at 2pm will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is visually translated with English text projected above the stage. If you require wheelchair, ADA, or companion seating, please let our patron services team know when you purchase tickets, so that we can ensure your visit to the opera is an excellent one.


Duke of Mantua
Barry Banks

Stephen Powell

Katrina Galka

Count Monterone
Reginald Smith, Jr.

Scott Conner

Hannah Penn

Zachary Lenox

Thomas Cilluffo

Count Ceprano
Shi Li

Kate Farrar

Countess Ceprano
Helen Huang

George Manahan

Christopher Mattaliano

Plot & Program Notes

Rigoletto premiered in 1851 in Venice.  The libretto is based upon Victor Hugo’s 1832 play La roi s’amuse (The King Enjoys Himself), which opened and closed in Paris after the first performance, being deemed “offensive to public morals.” Verdi’s adaptation appeased censors by changing the setting and recasting the king as a duke. This opera went on to become so well loved, the music so familiar, that it can be surprising to learn the difficulty Verdi had in first producing it. Our 2018 production is resplendent with elaborate scenery and lavish costumes. Former resident artist Katrina Galka returns to the Portland stage in the role of Gilda. Prior to her return, she will have sung major roles at Atlanta Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Arizona Opera, including singing the lead role of Cunegonde in Arizona Opera’s Candide.