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Rigoletto (Opera) Henri Wilden, Reginald Byers, Graeme Ewer

Souvenir Flyer  Australian Opera 1972 Melbourne Season


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.

Cast:  Henri Wilden, Reginald Byers, Graeme Ewer, Arianthe Galani, Robert Allman, Alexander Major, Ronald Maconaghie, John Germain, Joseph Grunfelder, Alan Light, Grant Dickson, Donald Shanks, Janice Hill, Glenys Fowles, Elizabeth Allen, Jennifer Bermingham, John Durham, Jacqueline Kensett-Smith, Lyn Vernon.

Musical Director Edwards Downes
Conductors Edward Downes, Mark Elder
Producer John Copley
Set Designer Allan Lees
Costume Designer Michael Stennett


Australian Opera 1972 Melbourne Season
Size 180 x 240 mm Lots of Information on the show and the Cast, and Story
Condition: Used Good 7/10 Looks Good (White Cover has some small marks)
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