February 23, 2013, 12:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Metropolitan Opera
invite you to a special HD broadcast of

Presented in HD and 5.1 sound

Composed by Giuseppe Verdi

12:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 23rd, 2012

There will be a pre-opera discussion from 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.
by Elizabeth Hynes, Chair of the Vocal Arts and Opera Department,
USC Thornton School of Music
, and Leah Morrison, Adjunct Professor of Musicology, USC Thornton School of Music

Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre / Frank Sinatra Hall
USC School of Cinematic Arts

Open to the public. Admission is free, electronic reservations are required.

Please RSVP via the reservations link at the top of this website. Please do not attempt to reserve seats via telephone or e-mail.

About Rigoletto

Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960. Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke, Ċ½eljko Lucic is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda.

Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 31 min. In Italian, with English subtitles.

There will be a pre-opera discussion from 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. hosted by Elizabeth Hynes, Chair of the Vocal Arts and Opera Department at the USC Thornton School of Music, and Leah Morrison, Adjunct Professor of Musicology, USC Thornton School of Music.


About the Guests

ELIZABETH HYNES, a faculty member at the USC Thornton School of Music since 1995, has taught at the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2003. She was elected to the Aspen Music Festival Corporation in 2005 and has served as a New Horizons Faculty, endowing three students for three years study at the Aspen Opera Theater Center.  Recently, she has added the Oberlin in Italy program in Arezzo, Italy to her summer teaching schedule, offering Thornton singers the opportunity to study abroad. 

With a national reputation as a vocal teacher and mentor, Hynes adjudicates regularly for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and is in demand as a masterclass presenter around the country.  Her students are consistently among winners of major competitions, and appear frequently with professional opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States.

Recent vocal performances included Britten’s Les Illuminations, the War Requiem and Górecki’s Third Symphony with the composer conducting.  She has performed in major opera houses around the world, singing some of opera’s most demanding roles such as: Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Marguérite in Faust and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier.  Performances of Mozart roles such as Susanna, Pamina and the Countess in the PBS Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of Le Nozze di Figaro gained public and critical acclaim. Her European debut at the English National Opera was as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni

A sought-after concert artist, Hynes has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Georg Solti and the orchestras of Cleveland, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Los Angeles, among others. She has sung with the orchestras of Madrid, Barcelona, Vancouver and New Zealand and with the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Vienna on two American tours.

LEAH MORRISON, adjunct assistant professor of musicology, holds a PhD in musicology from the USC Thornton School of Music and specializes in medieval music and liturgical practice.  Her dissertation, an edition of a fifteenth-century Carthusian plainchant manual, was supported by a Huntington Library Mellon Fellowship.  She received a Heckman Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, St. John’s University, for related work on Carthusian liturgy and comparative chant dialects.  Her publications include articles in Studia Musicologia, Notes, and the Opera Journal, and she has given papers at annual meetings of the International Musicological Society, the Western Association of Women Historians, the Medieval Association of the Pacific, and at the International Congress of Medieval Studies.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is presented free of charge and is open to all. The theater will be OVERBOOKED to ensure capacity and the RSVP list will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no reserved seating. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will be automatically sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Check-in will begin at approximately 11:30 A.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Street parking is also available along W. Jefferson Boulevard.

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This program is generously sponsored by

For more information about upcoming programming and events offered by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative, please visit their website.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu