Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto

1851 · Romantic · Opera orchestra, EnsembleEnsembleOpera orchestraOpera chorus, VocalizationsVocals, groupOpera chorusSoliVocalizationsVocals, groupSoli

Rigoletto (pronounced [riɡoˈletto]) 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 11 March 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.

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A Song Goes Round the World
Profil
Love Songs
Profil
Arien
Profil
Surround Yourself with Enrico Caruso
Nimbus
Preludes, Overtures and Ballet Music, Volume 2
Chandos
Prima Voce: Enrico Caruso in Ensemble
Nimbus
Best Loved Arias
Vanilla OMP
Le Maître de Musique
Groupe Analekta, Inc.
Dmitri Smirnov, Tenor 1882 - 1930
Club 99
Famous Bits I: Bold & Cheerful
Cavendish Music
Caruso in Ensemble
Nimbus
Anna Netrebko - Live at the Metropolitan Opera
Deutsche Grammophon
Verdi: Rigoletto (Complete Opera in 3 Acts)
Vox
Brass Arts Quintet & Friends: Serengeti
Mark Custom
Rigoletto - Without Rigoletto voice
Cantolopera
Soprano Arias - Vol. 6
Cantolopera
Tenor Arias - Vol. 5
Cantolopera
Compagnia d'Opera Italiana : Tenor Arias - Vol. 3
Cantolopera
Verdi: Rigoletto - Opera in three acts
Warner Music
Fritz Wunderlich: Historical Recordings 1954 - 1966
Hänssler Classic

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