Utah Opera will present Verdi's masterpiece "Rigoletto," a classic tale of revenge and regret, at the Capitol Theatre January 21, 23, 25 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and January 29 at 2 p.m.
From the press release, since my Verdi knowledge is a little shaky:
Verdi's opera follows Rigoletto, a hunchbacked jester notorious for ridiculing and mocking the fathers and husbands of the women dishonored by the Duke of Mantua. Rigoletto's malicious tongue ultimately earns him a curse that haunts his every step toward revenge against the Duke for deceiving his own daughter, Gilda. In his vengeful chase, Rigoletto pays an assassin to trick and kill the duke, but finds he is the fool and instead pays for his cruel mockeries with a loss of horrific proportion. "Rigoletto" has become a staple of the standard operatic repertoire. It contains some of opera's most recognizable arias, such as "Questa o Quella," "Caro Nome" and "La Donna é Mobile," and is considered to be the first masterpiece of Verdi's middle-to-late career. Cast members include Guido LeBrón as Rigoletto, Robert McPherson as the Duke of Mantua, Eric Jordan as Sparafucile and local Utah favorite Celena Shafer as Gilda, Directed by Tara Faircloth.