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Saturday, November 15, 2014 Permalink

At the Opera, Verdi: Rigoletto, 11/15/14

  

Rigoletto 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 March 11, 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.

This 1989 recording stars Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci and June Anderson. Ricardo Chailly conducts.

Playlist

8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:11 p.m.
Verdi: Rigoletto BUY ; Ricardo Chailly, conductor
10:00 p.m.
10:26 p.m.
Verdi: Rigoletto Act III: E l'ami? - Sempre BUY MET; Cleva, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:02 p.m.
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Prelude,,,Siciliano O Lola ch'ai di latti là cammisa - BUY from Prima Voce Sampler; composed by Mascagni
11:09 p.m.
Bizet: Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient - BUY from Prima Voce Sampler; composed by Bizet
11:12 p.m.
trad.: Norah O'Neale - BUY from Prima Voce Sampler; composed by trad.
11:16 p.m.
Amelita Galli-Curci BUY from Prima Voce Sampler
11:19 p.m.
Mangold: Zweigesang - BUY from Prima Voce Sampler; composed by Mangold
11:24 p.m.
John Charles Thomas BUY from John Charles Thomas: An American Classic
11:27 p.m.
Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di (One fine day) BUY Vienna Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor Mirella Freni
London/Decca 4758366
11:31 p.m.
Maria Chiara BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]
London/Decca 4758366
11:35 p.m.
Ghiaurov BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]
London/Decca 4758366
11:37 p.m.
Giordano: Andrea Chenier, opera: Colpito qui m'avete... Un di all'azzurro spazio BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Giordano
London/Decca 4758366
11:42 p.m.
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Voi lo sapete BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Mascagni
London/Decca 4758366
11:46 p.m.
Cilea: L'Arlesiana, opera: Lamento di Federico BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Cilea
London/Decca 4758366
11:56 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240


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