BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – For well over a century, audiences have been intrigued by the Italian opera that tells the tragic tale of a desperate father, a self-centered man of privilege, and a young woman’s misplaced loyalty.

‘Rigoletto,’ first performed in 1851, has been reimagined by Southern University’s talented team of artists and will entertain Baton Rouge audiences during the first week in May. 

The original production saw the story unfold in Italy, where audiences were introduced to a selfish Duke who employed a court jester named Rigoletto, and to the daughter who Rigoletto kept hidden from public view, Gilda. 

Due to the nature of his profession, Rigoletto ended up becoming the victim of a curse that led to a series of unfortunate events that plagued both he and his only child, Gilda.

Southern University’s production team, Opera Southern, has tweaked the backdrop against which the classic tale plays out.

In ‘Rigoletto Reimagined,’ The Duke, Rigoletto, and Gilda are residents of Haiti and the time is Mardi Gras season. 

Opera Southern says that “this tale of passion and curses is sure to delight audiences of all ages.”  

The first showing of ‘Rigoletto Reimagined’ will take place 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 6 at Theatre Baton Rouge, and a second showing is scheduled for Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m.

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