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<p><span>You’ve probably been there: in love for the first time and enchanted by the very sound of your sweetheart’s name. The problem for Gilda in</span><span> Verdi’s <em>Rigoletto</em></span><span> is that her new love isn’t who he says he is. The worst will come (it’s opera), but for a few brief moments in Act I, Gilda’s innocence sweeps you away. She’s young and head over heels and obsessing over the “caro nome,” the “dear name” of her new love.  <br></span></p> <p>In this episode, host <a href="http://rhiannongiddens.com/">Rhiannon Giddens</a> and her guests consider the dizzying thrill of your first love, Verdi’s brilliant powers of orchestration and why Gilda’s infatuation rings so true even today. You’ll hear soprano Nadine Sierra reminisce about her own formative experiences and then fall in love with the so-called “Gualtier Maldè<span>”</span> onstage at the <a href="https://www.metopera.org/">Metropolitan Opera</a>.</p> <p><strong>The Guests</strong></p> <p>Before <strong><a href="http://nadinesierra.com/">Nadine Sierra</a></strong> could be accurately described as one of the most talented young artists in opera, she was a self-described “opera nerd.” She had a protective family – like Gilda – but that couldn’t stop her from secretly riding to high school in her boyfriend’s car.</p> <p><strong>Paul Thomason</strong> has combined his lifelong passion for music, colorful storytelling skills and a knack for mid-century slang to become one of the most insightful writers and lecturers on opera. He’s written for far too many publications to list.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.carlpickhardt.com/welcome.html">Carl Pickhardt</a></strong> is a psychologist and author who has spent decades helping parents and children navigate the challenges of adolescence. His most recent book is titled <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Who-Stole-Child-Parenting-Adolescence/dp/1942094833">Who Stole My Child? Parenting Through the Four Stages of Adolescence</a>. </p>