In Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, working-class people find themselves oppressed by the Duke of Mantua, a lecherous, grabby-handed ruler who thinks he can foist himself on his female subjects without recourse. “When you’re a duke, they let you do it. You can do anything,” he might have said, hypothetically. When the hunchbacked jester Rigoletto schemes to protect his daughter from the Duke’s advances, he sets in motion one of opera’s most famous misfortunes. So either Verdi successfully articulated timeless extremes of human behavior way back in early 1800s, or we’re all currently living in a grand tragedy. Regardless, this classic of the repertory from one of opera’s great composers will grab you by the aria. Olafur Sigurdarson stars as the doomed Rigoletto alongside Marie-Eve Munger as his daughter, Gilda, and Joshua Dennis as the Duke. Austin Regan directs this production conducted by Michael Christie. Show dates vary; check mnopera.org for tickets and more info. Show dates vary; check mnopera.org for tickets and more info.