A classic tale of love, lust, power, and revenge, Giuseppe Verdi’s three-act opera “Rigoletto” comes to the Moss Arts Center with a performance by Charlottesville Opera on July 9 at 3 p.m.

The performance will be held in the center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.

Previously known as Ash Lawn Opera, the company marks its third summer performance at the Moss Arts Center with a fully staged production of Verdi’s Italian masterpiece, complete with orchestra and subtitles.

One of the greatest works in the operatic canon and featuring several popular arias, “Rigoletto” tells a tragic story of love and vengeance that centers on the lustful Duke of Mantua; his hunch-backed jester, Rigoletto; and the jester’s beautiful daughter, Gilda.

The cast stars Hyung Yun of the Metropolitan Opera as the title character. Yun was seen with Charlottesville Opera last year as Germont in “La Traviata” and as Sharpless in “Madama Butterfly” in 2015. He will be joined by Eglise Gutiérrez, who has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera, as Rigoletto’s beloved daughter Gilda, and Matthew Vickers of the Virginia Opera as the caddish Duke of Mantua.

In honor of its 40th anniversary season, Ash Lawn Opera became Charlottesville Opera in 2017. The new name signals the company’s dedication to its community and recognizes the long distance it has come artistically, now featuring singers who have performed at the Metropolitan Opera and other prominent opera houses, a nationally competitive orchestra, and production values to rival those of any regional company. Charlottesville Opera provides a wide range of educational programs for youth and adults, as well as professional training for emerging artists.


Tickets are $35 for general admission and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email kmcallis@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to an event.

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