Applause and bravos for Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto shook the Winspear Opera House last night. The renowned Italian baritone Paolo Gavanelli (Rigoletto) and Native Texan Laura Claycomb (Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter) are magnificent along with tenor James Valenti (The Duke of Mantua.)
Laura Claycomb (Gilda) is a highly acclaimed soprano long overdue on the Dallas stage. An operatic moment that Rigoletto fans look forward to is Gilda’s coloratura trills that send high notes flying to Mount Everest heights without the arduous climb. The love song “Caro Nome (Sweet name)” shows off Claycomb’s amazing lyrical vocal abilities with pure high notes effortlessly placed with a light airiness.