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Rigoletto

Rigoletto

Opera


Writers:
  • opera
  • rigoletto
  • verdi
  • drama
  • tragedy
  • dark


Overview


Synopsis

A tragic tale, the story of Rigoletto revolves around the libertine Duke of Mantua and his hunchbacked Court Jester, Rigoletto, whose beautiful daughter, Gilda, falls prey to a dreadful curse.  Rigoletto, fearing for his daughter’s safety, has kept her hidden away.  Unbeknownst to Rigoletto, Gilda has fallen in love with the Duke who disguised himself as a poor student.  The Duke’s entourage kidnaps Gilda, thinking that she is Rigoletto’s mistress, and it is revealed that she is Rigoletto’s daughter.  Seduced and shamed, Gilda returns home with her father.  Determined to show the Duke’s true debauchery, he brings Gilda to a tavern to see the Duke seducing another woman. Gilda vows that she still loves him and Rigoletto sends her home.  Meanwhile, Rigoletto has hired an assassin to kill the Duke, but Gilda, in attempt to save the Duke, is stabbed instead.  Rigoletto, thinking he has the body of the Duke, finds Gilda near death, asking for forgiveness.  Rigoletto is haunted by the curse.


Characters

Male

Lead

Baritone

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Soprano



Show Information

Category
Opera
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1851
Genres
Drama
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
mantua, italy in the 16th century
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
None
Licensor:
None/royalty-free
Ideal For
professional, small budget
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, early teen, late teen characters
Tags:
  • opera
  • rigoletto
  • verdi
  • drama
  • tragedy
  • dark

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