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Giuseppe Verdi

Rigoletto

Rigoletto Character

Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Based on Le Roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo










Cast of Characters

Rigoletto Scenery
  • Rigoletto, (baritone) the Duke's Jester
  • Gilda, (soprano) his daughter
  • Duke of Mantua, (tenor) Libertine
  • Sparafucile, (bass) an assassin
  • Maddalena, (mezzo-soprano) his sister
  • Giovanna, (mezzo-soprano) Gilda's nurse
  • Count Ceprano, (bass)
  • Countess Ceprano, (mezzo-soprano) his wife
  • Matteo Borsa, (tenor) Courtier
  • Count Monterone, (baritone) Noble
  • Marullo, (baritone) Coutier
  • Courtiers, pages and servants.

Setting

16th Century Mantua

Premiere

Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy; 11th March 1851.

Plot

Rigoletto Scenery

Rigoletto is an opera filled with curses and irony. Initially named La Maledizione, Verdi later changed the title to that of the opera's most unfortunate of characters. At a Ball in the Ducal Palace, Rigoletto taunts Count Ceprano whose wife is the target of the Duke's wandering eye. Monterone, whose daughter was seduced by the Duke bursts in and calls a curse upon the Duke for destroying his daughters honor and Rigoletto for making jest of it. Through trickery, Rigoletto's daughter is carried off to the Duke to suffer the same fate as Monterone's daughter. Rigoletto plots his revenge through use of the assassin Sparafucile and his sister Maddalena. Things do not go as planned for Rigoletto as the curse comes back to haunt him.

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