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Run time: 2hrs 30min, 1 intermission
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Liparit Avetisyan is the elegant, reckless Duke of Mantua who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Quinn Kelsey sings Rigoletto, the tortured hunchback jester, and Nina Minasyan is Rigoletto’s innocent daughter, Gilda. When she is seduced by the Duke, Rigoletto sets out on a tragic course of murderous revenge. Evgeny Solodovnikov and Monika Bohinec sing the murderous siblings Sparafucile and Maddalena. Paolo Carignani leads the Vienna State Opera orchestra.
Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) is the preeminent Italian opera composer of the 19th century. His works remain immensely popular today, and are at the core of the opera repertoire.
The libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1810–1876), Verdi’s principal librettist of the period, is closely based on Victor Hugo’s controversial play Le roi s'amuse ("The king amuses himself").