Revenge, lust and great music in 'Rigoletto'Verdi's...

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October 09, 1994|By Stephen Wigler

Revenge, lust and great music in 'Rigoletto'

Verdi's "Rigoletto" is one of the high-water marks of the operatic genre: tuneful, full of sentiment and structured so that it drives to its tragic conclusion with the force of a river rushing to a precipice. This classic tale of lust and revenge opens the Baltimore Opera Company's current season at the Lyric Opera House with performances Oct. 15 (8:15 p.m.), Oct. 19 (7:30 p.m.), Oct. 21 (8:15 p.m.) Oct. 22 (8:15 p.m.) and Oct. 23 (3 p.m.). The cast for the Oct. 15, Oct. 19, Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 performances will feature Mark Rucker as Rigoletto, Jane Thorngren as Gilda and Stuart Neill as the Duke. The lead singers for the Oct. 22 performance will be Jorge Antonio Pita (the Duke), Claudine Cote (Gilda) and Sigmund Cowan (Rigoletto). The production will be conducted by Cal Stewart Kellogg and directed by Ian Strasfogel. Tickets for the performances, priced at $18-$82, can be purchased at the box office (1202 Maryland Ave.) or by calling (410) 727-6000. Rembrandt was a supreme master of the art of etching, with an extraordinary range of subject matter -- from portraits and genre scenes to landscapes, and biblical and mythological narratives. The opportunity to see an exhibit of works that cover this range is rare, so be sure not to miss "Rembrandt Etchings: Selections from the Carnegie Museum of Art" now on view at the hTC Mitchell Gallery of St. John's College in Annapolis. It contains 51 works. The portraits include five self-portraits; the landscapes include the famous "The Three Trees"; and the narratives encompass the life of Christ from "The Adoration of the Shepherds" to "Christ Crucified between Two Thieves (The Three Crosses)." Through Nov. 19 at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. For information call (410) 626-2556.

John Dorsey Although he has had successful careers as an art teacher and art historian, Bennard Perlman's first love is painting, and he has been at it for more than 50 years. A Perlman retrospective at the Baltimore Life Gallery spans those years, from a still life painted in 1943 to "Across the Harbor" painted in Stonington Harbor, Maine, this past summer. Over the years his approach has been influenced by cubism, realism and impressionism. Through Dec. 2 at the Baltimore Life Gallery, 10075 Red Run Blvd., Owings Mills. For information call (410) 581-6600.

John Dorsey

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