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At The Opera, Verdi: Rigoletto, January 28, 2017


Rigoletto 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.


Robert Merrill – Rigoletto

Richard Tucker – The Duke

Roberta Peters – Gilda

Recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera February 22, 1964.

Fausto Cleva - conductor


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:13 p.m.
Verdi: Rigoletto live 1964 BUY Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Fausta Cleva, conductor
10:00 p.m.
10:36 p.m.
Verdi: La Traviata excerpts BUY ; Carlos Kleiber, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:13 p.m.
various: Giovanni Martinelli - selected arias on Nimbus BUY ; various, conductor
11:32 p.m.
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Mozart
London/Decca 4758366
11:37 p.m.
Mozart: Die Zauberflote(The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Mozart
London/Decca 4758366
11:39 p.m.
Bellini: Norma Casta diva BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Bellini
London/Decca 4758366
11:46 p.m.
Puccini: Turandot, opera: In questa reggia BUY London Symphony; Zubin Mehta, conductor Joan Sutherland / Luciano Pavarotti
London/Decca 4758366

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