This past weekend we had the performances of Rigoletto, our Season of the Baritone opener. International star Mark Rucker has performed the lead role over 400 times in his career. There is no doubt to those that attended the performance that Mark owns the role. Dana Oland from the Idaho Statesman wrote “Rucker gave a rich and layered performance of the title character … His rich and seasoned voice ranged from dramatic lament to tender expressions of fatherly love. And his physicality in the role downplayed the character’s hunched-back, playing it less as an impediment and more as a point to struggle against.” Click here for the full review.
Cecilia Violetta López as Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter, was absolutely marvelous. This Rupert, Idaho native dazzled everyone with her remarkable performance. Her rich voice and keen acting ability captivated the hearts of all who experience this talented young singer. She has a huge career ahead of her.