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Rigoletto

Rigoletto

Story & Setting:

Based on Victor Hugo's controversial play Le Roi s'amuse, this tragic piece tells the tale of a disfigured court jester whose schemes go awry in the worst possible way. Michael Mayer's production updates the story from 15th century Mantua to Las Vegas in the 1960s, complete with neon lights, flashy costumes, and a seedy underbelly. This production contains adult themes and some very brief nudity.

Opera Notes:

Composed in 1851, Rigoletto is considered the first opera of Verdi's middle period, a time when he focused less on political allegory and larger-than-life heroes and heroines, and instead turned his eye to more intimate stories of deep human emotion. Through his music, the composer evokes a full spectrum of emotions, from the horror of a curse, to the sighing of first love, to the tempestuous storm that leads to the final scene. Many of the melodies in this piece are incredibly memorable; legend tells it that Verdi kept the tenor aria "la donna è mobile" secret until the opera's premiere, knowing that it would instantly be a hit.

Sung in

Italian

Length: 

3 hours & 15 minutes

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Watch/Listen


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