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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

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:11pm
Verdi: Rigoletto BUY ; Ricardo Chailly, conductor
10:00pm
10:26pm
Verdi: Rigoletto Act III: E l'ami? - Sempre BUY MET; Cleva, conductor
11:00pm
11:02pm
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
11:09pm
Bizet: Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient - BUY from Prima Voce Sampler; composed by Bizet
11:12pm
trad.: Norah O'Neale - BUY from Prima Voce Sampler; composed by trad.
11:16pm
Amelita Galli-Curci: Sadko: Song of India - BUY from Prima Voce Sampler
11:19pm
Mangold: Zweigesang - BUY from Prima Voce Sampler; composed by Mangold
11:24pm
John Charles Thomas: Gipsy Baron: Open Road BUY from John Charles Thomas: An American Classic
11:27pm
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
11:31pm
Maria Chiara : I Vespri siciliani, opera (Les vΩpres siciliennes): Bolero: MercΦ, dilette amiche BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]
London/Decca 4758366
11:35pm
Ghiaurov: Faust, opera: Le Veau d'or (Song of the Golden Calf) BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]
London/Decca 4758366
11:37pm
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
11:42pm
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Voi lo sapete BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Mascagni
London/Decca 4758366
11:46pm
Cilea: L'Arlesiana, opera: Lamento di Federico BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Cilea
London/Decca 4758366
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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