by Giuseppe Verdi and Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave
The Australian Opera Production 1995
Rigoletto 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.
Opera Australia is the principal opera company in Australia. Based in Sydney, its performance season at the Sydney Opera House runs for approximately eight months of the year, with the remainder of its time spent in the Arts Centre Melbourne (where it is accompanied by Orchestra Victoria). In 2004, the company gave 226 performances in its subscription seasons in Sydney and Melbourne, attended by more than 294,000 people.
Theatre - State Theatre - Victorian Arts Centre April - May 1995
Cast: Gregory Tomlinson, David Collins-White, Elizabeth Ellis, John Brunato, Barry Anderson, David Brennan, Bruce Martin, Arend Baumann, Rosamund Illing, Kerry Elizabeth Brown, Emma Lysons, Joseph Grunfelder, Rozane Hislop
Conductor - Richard Gill
Director - Elijah Moshinsky
Souvenir Program 1995 Australian Opera
Size 210 x 210 mm lots of Great Pictures and Information on the show and cast.
Condition: Used Good 8/10
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