Rigoletto, one of the best known pieces by the great Italian composer does not require any extensive introduction. The drama The King Amuses Himself by Victor Hugo served Verdi as a basis for the portrayal of great passions, societal criticism and tender fatherly love. The lead character, the court clown alias servant Rigoletto, faces a dilemma: either to survive within the immoral setting at all cost and without financial implications, disregarding the consequences of one’s own servitude, or to put up a resistance as did Count Monterone. For every deed has it cost, sometimes quite substantial, of a loss of – as in this case – the beloved daughter Gilda.
Running time: 2 hrs 45 mins with one interval