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VERDI’S RIGOLETTO - October 7, 1997 - San Francisco War Memorial Opera House 


Strange that I know the date of this opera but I was in San Francisco for a conference and was looking for something to do one night after the sessions.  On a whim, I walked to the War Memorial Opera House and asked if there were any tickets available for the opera.  I was in luck.  I had a great seat by two very nice older women and we talked about this being my first time in the War Memorial Opera House.  I was fascinated with the chandelier and the building. 

I knew I was not in to opera because I had only seen one live opera before (Madama Butterfly) in Jackson, MS and knew of opera only through PBS and the Met performances on the radio.  I didn’t think I would like it.  Boy, was I wrong.

The duet between the Duke and Gilda was one of the most melodic events I have ever heard.  To this date I have never heard a duet performed so beautifully.  It was at that point I knew I wanted to come back to San Francisco for more opera.  It turned out to be eight years later with Norma, perhaps not the best one to hear and see after Rigoletto.  In any case, I was hooked with the pageantry and music and stage design. 


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