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At The Opera, Verdi: Rigoletto, September 17, 2016


Rigoletto is an opera 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.


The Duke – Ferruccio Tagliavini

Rigoletto – Giuseppe Taddei

Gilda – Lina Pagliughi

RAI Orchestra and Chorus

Angelo Questa – Conductor

Warner Fonit – mono-1954


Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto BUY RAI; Angelo Questa, conductor Lina Pagliughi, Ferruccio Tagliavini Giuseppe Tadd
Meyerbeer: L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Land so wunderbar BUY from 10 Great Tenors; composed by Meyerbeer
Wagner: Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten BUY from 10 Great Tenors; composed by Wagner
Verdi: Otello, opera: Nun in der nächt'gen Stille BUY from 10 Great Tenors; composed by Verdi
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act I, No. 5: Una voce poco fa BUY from A Journey; composed by Rossini
Giordano: Vicino a te Andrea Chenier BUY from The Age Of Puccini; composed by Giordano
Jonas Kaufmann BUY from The Age Of Puccini
Giuseppi Verdi: NABUCCO: Chorus of the Hebrew slaves BUY Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Lamberto Gardelli, conductor Vienna State Opera Chorus [Also:"Wiener Staatsopernchor"]
London/Decca 4758366
G.F. Handel: Rodelinda - Dove sei (Art thou troubled) BUY Vienna Cantata; Henry Lewis, conductor
London/Decca 4758366
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Donizetti
London/Decca 4758366
Leo Delibes: Lakme opera: Bell Song BUY London Philharmonic; Richard Boynage, conductor Joan Sutherland
London/Decca 4758366
Richard Wagner: Gotterdammerung: Fliegt heim, ihr Raben! Immolation Scene BUY Vienna Philharmonic; Sir Georg Solti, conductor Birgit Nilsson

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