Work begins on Rigoletto

  • Posted on: 20 January 2018
  • By: Dorothy Withers

Well, Christmas is done and dusted and we have seen in the New Year so its time to not only get figures but also tonsils back in shape as we start to get to grips with the music of Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, our production planned for May this year.

Last Sunday was our first music rehearsal and with a good turn-out of chorus members, Michael Withers, our musical director kicked off with a few vocal exercises to warm us up before opening the score and guiding us through a couple of the chorus numbers.

Tim Nail, our stalwart repetiteur navigated his way skilfully around an awful lot of notes which was all the more impressive as he had only been given the final version of the score that evening.

On the subject of scores, most of those readily available to purchase have very dated language so we decided (as for our previous couple of shows), to do our own re-translation in order to make the words more relevant to our time and hopefully this will all add to the finished production in due course.

We have a great line-up of principals:

Rigoletto Nicholas Forrest 
Duke Tim Crouch 
Sparafucile Andrew Holden 
Monterone Dick Bacon
Count Ceprano David Carverhill
Borsa Mike MacKenzie
Marullo Derrick Nunn
Gilda Veronica Brooks
Giovanna/Maddelena Michele Restieux
Countess Ceprano Liffey Carverhill

All of the above mentioned  have sung with Heber on many previous occasions and in fact most were involved as principals in “Faust” last year.

However, we are delighted to welcome back Michele after a few years break along with Dick Bacon and Derrick Nunn is bravely stepping out of the chorus to use his reliable bass/baritone voice in the role of Marullo.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with “Rigoletto” it contains some of the best known music in the Verdi repertoire providing the backdrop to a story of seedy glamour, seduction, a father’s love, revenge and ultimately tragedy. One thing is sure, as our regular supporters know, Heber does things differently so if you haven’t seen us before do come along and give us a try !!

We shall keep you up to date with progress and of course remind you when tickets go on sale! ( That’s 1st February if you didn’t already know!!! )