Rigoletto

Romantic opera from 1851

Description

Rigoletto (pronounced [riɡoˈletto]) is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo. Despite serious initial problems with the Austrian censors who had control over northern Italian theatres at the time, the opera had a triumphant premiere at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851.

It is considered by many to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi's middle-to-late career. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera's original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto's encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda likewise falls in love with the Duke and eventually sacrifices her life to save him from the assassins hired by her father.

Year 1851
Opening Night 1851
Time Period Romantic
Instrumentation Opera orchestra, Opera chorus, Soli

Scores

Two Airs from "Rigoletto"
Edwin Ashdown 1851
Hammond-Spencer, et al.

Videos

Verdi: Rigoletto
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Rigoletto: Opera in 3 Acts
The live recording of Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto" from Opernhaus Zürich presents the thrilling and dramaturgically ...
Excerpts from Rigoletto
This is a performance of Excerpts from Rigoletto, performed by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted ...
Verdi: Rigoletto
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra started its season with a great Gala Concert conducted by ...
Verdi: 'Bella figlia dell'amore' from Rigoletto
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Albums

Caruso, the Early Recordings
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Caruso
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111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon (CD 6)
Deutsche Grammophon
The Plácido Domingo Story
Deutsche Grammophon
Fritz Wunderlich in Memoriam
Deutsche Grammophon
Villazón - Verdi
Deutsche Grammophon
Rigoletto
Chandos
Alessandro Bonci (1870-1940)
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Enrico Caruso: Opera Volume 3
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Gerhard Husch (1901-1984)
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Emilio De Gogorza (1872-1935)
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Prima Voce Sampler
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Prima Voce
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Leonard Warren (1911-60)
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Hilde Guden (1917-88)
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Tito Schipa: In Opera and Song
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