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Directed by Gus Van Sant's longtime editor and written by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler, Rick is a harsh but compelling tale that loosely mixes tragedy and comedy.
Film Review  October 15, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Its very willingness to risk being unpleasant sets it apart from the drab and mundane. It might or might not help to know that Rick’s story is a modern take on Verdi’s Rigoletto, but even more interesting than that fact is that the screenplay was written by Daniel Handler, the author responsible for all those Lemony Snicket books for young readers..."

ALO's straightforward staging of the Verdi classic offers the thrill of a tale told well
Arts Review  February 6, 2009, by Robert Faires

With Rigoletto , Austin Lyric Opera once again executes in bold strokes a classic opera in the vaulting openness of the City Coliseum, with director Joseph McClain again showing a flair for the theatrical and finding a degree of intimacy in that vast space.
Arts Review  May 17, 2002, by Robi Polgar
"...Rigoletto: Intimacy in a Vast SpaceCity Coliseum,..."

Give 'Em a Hand
The nominees for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 15, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...David Nancarrow, The Bat/Rigoletto..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2002-2003
The full list of nominations for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 9, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...Michael Raiford, Love! Valour! Compassion!/The Pavilion/Requiem for Tesla/Rigoletto/Smokey Joe's Cafe..."

Top 10 Onstage Works of Wonder in 2002
Austin Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires delivers his list of the Top 10 most memorable productions in the performing arts for 2002.
Arts Story  January 3, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...Rigoletto (Austin Lyric Opera), for Michael Raiford's thrilling environmental design in a farewell to the City Coliseum and Joseph McClain's vigorous staging in what ended up being his farewell as director..."

Letters at 3AM: As Time Goes By
"I'm not quitting. I'm turning," says Michael Ventura in his final column
Columns  November 13, 2014, by Michael Ventura
"...Hart starred in Hell's Hinges. Enrico Caruso sang Rigoletto...."

Ojos Verdes
Plácido Domingo blows down San Antonio's AT&T Center
DAILY Music  June 3, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...“A Night at the Opera” with Plácido Domingo is one thing – unamplified, primarily. Hearing him boom arias from Puccini’s Tosca, then give the word duet a whole new meaning with soprano Ana María Martínez on Verdi’s Rigoletto (“Si, vendetta!”) in a 45-minute opening set amplified by an basketball arena P.A..."

Long Center for the Performing Arts: Light that first candle!
As the performing arts venue turns one, Marvin Hamlisch sings "happy birthday" to it
Arts Story  March 20, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Sir James Galway and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Austin Lyric Opera's The Bat and Cinderella and Rigoletto..."

Austin Lyric Opera
A local operatic production gets a trip to the ball: a showing on public television
Arts Story  January 23, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...And you know, if you like what you see on the tube, you can enjoy the work of Austin Lyric Opera live when the company presents Verdi's Rigoletto Jan. 31-Feb..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  March 25, 2005
"...In contrast, I still remember hearing Laura Claycomb singing "Caro Nome" during the HGO production of Rigoletto several years ago. What was almost as remarkable as hearing her was the total silence during the pauses – no cell phones, no whispers, no coughing, no eyebrows fluttering..."

Don't Talk During Performances
Postmarks  March 21, 2005
"...Some idiot destroyed the beautiful conclusion of the third movement with a cough that could not have been more harmful if it had been planned. Bring some cough drops and unwrap them before the music starts (so we don't get to listen to your rustling wrappers). In contrast, I still remember hearing Laura Claycomb singing "Caro Nome" during the HGO production of Rigoletto several years ago..."

Calaf's quest for the heart of the icy princess Turandot is the stuff of legend and, in Austin Lyric Opera production of Puccini's opera, was an opportunity to hear some exquisite music excellently performed.
Arts Review  November 28, 2003, by Robi Polgar
"...Of course, Turandot is not all grim beheadings and lonely supplication -- there is the commedia dell'arte trio of Ping, Pang, and Pong, masked ministers prone to dramatic warnings, loudly barked orders, and the occasional mask-slip, allowing the audience to see the more human side to these bureaucrats that dream of quieter times in their far-away hometowns. Of the three, Ping Yu (an excellent Rigoletto in 2002) provided comic, over-the-top civil servility, as well as calmer, tender yearnings for a good day's fishing far from the demanding princess...."

The winners are in for the 28th annual B. Iden Payne Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in Austin theatre from August 2001 through July 2002.
Arts Column  October 4, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...(tie) Kathryn Chambers, Rigoletto; Larissa Wolcott, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown..."

Critic's Picks
Arts & Entertainment
Best of Austin Story  October 5, 2001
"...This past season the sumptuous extra show was Carmen, joyfully produced in the City Coliseum. Next year ALO again offers four operatic productions that hail from strikingly different musical worlds: Gounod's Faust, André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire (yes, it's an opera, too), Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West, and Verdi's Rigoletto..."

Million Dollar Legs
Screens Story  June 24, 1999
"...After films that ventured into the supernatural, Argento returned full-force to the giallo genre with Opera, a film whose plot holds together better than many of Argento's other efforts. It's also probably his most self-referential film; director Marco seems a direct stand-in for Argento himself (indeed, Argento tried unsuccessfully to direct Verdi's Rigoletto)..."

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