The operatic summer season in San Francisco always satisfies with a well-chosen set of just three operas. In the mid-year’ s lull, SF Opera entertained with classic audience favorites: Rigoletto, Don Giovanni and La Bohème.
The highlight of Verdi’s tragic opera, and the highlight of the entire summer season, was Hawaiian baritone Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto. Kelsey’s voice soars with apparently effortless power and beauty. The richness in vocal color and the psychological depth in his phrasing and acting is so intense that a new character of modern resonance and relevance arose onstage. The story of the hunchbacked…