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There’s really nothing funny about Rigoletto. Unless you find kyphosis to be a scream, in which case you’ll probably be in the aisles when the inevitable botched murder occurs. Verdi’s 1851 opera tells the story of a court jester who mocks a mourning father and immediately brings a curse on himself. You see, he just wants to keep a lusty duke out of his daughter’s, uh, chambers, so Rig sequesters her and eventually smuggles her out of town wearing men’s clothes. Oddly, this goes wrong. There’s a hitman, a Mata Hari with a heart of gold, and an aria that even a casual Bugs Bunny fan will recognize (“La Donna é Mobile”). You gotta get your laughs where you can.
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $45-$300. (202) 467-4600.