Broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, June 29th, with a performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo.
The performance will run approximately two hours and thirty minutes. Evan Rogister conducts.
At the rotten core of a a world where murder’s a sport and debauchery’s a way of life reigns the Duke of Mantua, a serial seducer who’s out to conquer anyone in skirts, from servant girls to the wives and daughters of his noblemen friends. Aiding his boss in the game and cheering him on when he scores is Rigoletto, the despised court jester. Only one person brings him joy, his innocent daughter Gilda, whom he keeps behind locked doors and guards with his life. But no one is safe in this hopeless place and massive emotional devastation is just around the corner. The Duke is hunting again and this time he’s got Gilda in his sights!
The Duke’s ode to women’s fickleness, “La donna è mobile,” is just one of Rigoletto’s justly famous tunes.