By Imana Gunawan
Northwest Asian Weekly
When baritone Hyung Yun first got into opera, “Rigoletto,” by Giuseppe Verdi, became an opera he dreamt of performing. Now, Yun’s dreams will be coming true when he plays the part of Rigoletto in Seattle Opera’s production running Jan. 11 through Jan. 25.
Yun, a 45-year-old from Seoul, South Korea, has traveled and performed in theaters across the United States. He is one of the few Asian opera stars in the country. Yun will be performing with the second cast of “Rigoletto” as part of Seattle Opera’s 50th anniversary season. The play was first performed by Seattle Opera 50 years ago, during the company’s first full season. Now, the opera revives its 2004 version, with the play being set in 1930s Mantua, a city in Northern Italy.
The plot is simple, comprising a miserable jester, his virginal daughter, and a dashing playboy duke. Put the three together and drama ensues. When Rigoletto, the jester, tries to avenge the duke for seducing and abandoning his daughter, his plans backfire on him and those he holds dear. Read the full story