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Rigoletto

COMPOSER: Giuseppe Verdi
PUBLISHER: G. Schirmer
PRODUCT TYPE: Book [Softcover]
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Mixed Choir
The libretto for Giuseppe Verdi's 'Rigoletto' was adapted by Francesco Maria Piave from Victor Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse which was so controversial it had been banned in Paris after one performance. Le roi here isthe Duke, a renowned womaniser, who seduces ladies as their husbands are taunted
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Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Publisher G. Schirmer
Instrumentation Opera
Product Type Book [Softcover]
Instrument Group Mixed Choir
Style Period Romantic
Year of Publication 1986
Genre Opera / Operette
ISBN 9780793526154
UPC 073999804713
Style Period Romantic
Series Opera
No. Pages 48
No. HL50340220
Description
The libretto for Giuseppe Verdi's 'Rigoletto' was adapted by Francesco Maria Piave from Victor Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse which was so controversial it had been banned in Paris after one performance. Le roi here isthe Duke, a renowned womaniser, who seduces ladies as their husbands are taunted by his hunchback jester Rigoletto. An elderly nobleman, Monterone, curses them both for seducing his daughter and Ceprano, whose wife has been withthe Duke, plots with the courtiers to punish him.

Rigoletto is suspected of keeping a mistress, so while Rigoletto is out, the Duke slips into his house and finding Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, he proffers his love to herand she is smitten. After he leaves, the courtiers break in and carry off Gilda to the Duke’s bedchamber. Soon Rigoletto enters and realises the mistake just in time as the dishevelled Gilda runs in. As Monterone is led to thedungeon, Rigoletto vows to avenge them both.

Rigoletto pays the assassin Sparafucile to murder the Duke as his sister Maddalena flirts with him. However, Maddalena persuades her brother to kill not the Duke but the nextvisitor to the inn instead, so, overhearing and resolving to sacrifice herself for the Duke, Gilda enters the inn and is stabbed. Rigoletto finds Gilda dying and begging forgiveness: Monterone's curse is fulfilled.

This isthe Schirmer edition of the Libretto, in the original Italian with an English version by Ruth and Thomas Martin.
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