It’s hard to know who to root for in Rigoletto, Verdi’s tragedy being presented by Opera in the Heights. There’s the Duke. An indulgent tyrant, he beds women — from young, innocent virgins to manipulating women of the court — as casual entertainment. There’s the title character, Rigoletto. He’s an ugly, hunchbacked court jester who mocks the put-upon husbands who have to stand by and watch as the Duke openly seduces their wives. There’s Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter. Shut away by her father in an effort to protect her from the Duke, Gilda falls in love with a man she sees in church. The man is, of course, the rakish Duke. The three are on a collision course that will leave one of them dead and one of them brokenhearted.

The role of Rigoletto is shared by Octavio Moreno, a Houston Theater Awards finalist for his performance in the OH! production of Lucia di Lammermoor last season, and Daniel Scofield, who is making his company debut. Dane Suarez and Bernard Holcomb share the role of the Duke, while Gilda is played by Erin Kenneavy. At the podium, as always, is OH! Artistic Director Enrique Carreón-Robledo.

7:30 p.m. September 26 and 27, October 2, 3 and 4; 2 p.m. September 28 and October 5. Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights. For information, call 713-861-5303 or visit operaintheheights.org. $35 to $67.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 28, 2 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 26. Continues through Oct. 5, 2014

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