History Theatre / Rigoletto

3rd May '18 9:17:23 PM Homemaderat
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''Rigoletto'' (1851) is an opera by Music/GiuseppeVerdi (based on the play ''Le roi s'amuse'' (1832) by Creator/VictorHugo) about the Duke of Mantua, a HandsomeLech if ever there was one, and his hunchbacked jester [[CharacterTitle Rigoletto]], a DeadpanSnarker whose quips hit a little too close to home. The opera opens with the Duke plotting the seduction of a young beauty he met in church while gossips whisper that Rigoletto has found a mistress. Count Monterone, whose daughter was seduced by the Duke, comes to complain of her ruined virtue, and the Duke, on Rigoletto's [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong blithe advice]], shuts him up by [[DisproportionateRetribution having him executed]]. Monterone pronounces a curse on them both, and the other courtiers resolve to revenge themselves on Rigoletto for his callous jokes. On his way home from work, Rigoletto also runs into a ProfessionalKiller, Sparafucile, who offers his services in removing anyone Rigoletto might find inconvenient. Now, finally, enter TheIngenue, TheChick and TheHeart: Gilda, the woman who is simultaneously: the woman believed to be Rigoletto's mistress; the beautiful girl the Duke met at church; and, [[{{Masquerade}} unbeknownst to everyone]], Rigoletto's [[AchillesHeel daughter]].

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''Rigoletto'' (1851) is an opera by Music/GiuseppeVerdi (based on the play ''Le roi s'amuse'' or ''Theatre/TheKingAmusesHimself'' (1832) by Creator/VictorHugo) about the Duke of Mantua, a HandsomeLech if ever there was one, and his hunchbacked jester [[CharacterTitle Rigoletto]], a DeadpanSnarker whose quips hit a little too close to home. The opera opens with the Duke plotting the seduction of a young beauty he met in church while gossips whisper that Rigoletto has found a mistress. Count Monterone, whose daughter was seduced by the Duke, comes to complain of her ruined virtue, and the Duke, on Rigoletto's [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong blithe advice]], shuts him up by [[DisproportionateRetribution having him executed]]. Monterone pronounces a curse on them both, and the other courtiers resolve to revenge themselves on Rigoletto for his callous jokes. On his way home from work, Rigoletto also runs into a ProfessionalKiller, Sparafucile, who offers his services in removing anyone Rigoletto might find inconvenient. Now, finally, enter TheIngenue, TheChick and TheHeart: Gilda, the woman who is simultaneously: the woman believed to be Rigoletto's mistress; the beautiful girl the Duke met at church; and, [[{{Masquerade}} unbeknownst to everyone]], Rigoletto's [[AchillesHeel daughter]].


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* AdaptationalNameChange: While this opera plays most of the story of the original Victor Hugo play straight just about everyone got a name change.
23rd Mar '18 4:58:53 PM mlsmithca
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** Then again, his latest conquest is the sister of a hit man. How does he expect that to end?
17th Feb '18 10:09:44 PM danlansdowne
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** Then again, his latest conquest is the sister of a hit man. How does he expect that to end?
29th Dec '17 5:04:40 PM nombretomado
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''Rigoletto'' (1851) is an opera by GiuseppeVerdi (based on the play ''Le roi s'amuse'' (1832) by Creator/VictorHugo) about the Duke of Mantua, a HandsomeLech if ever there was one, and his hunchbacked jester [[CharacterTitle Rigoletto]], a DeadpanSnarker whose quips hit a little too close to home. The opera opens with the Duke plotting the seduction of a young beauty he met in church while gossips whisper that Rigoletto has found a mistress. Count Monterone, whose daughter was seduced by the Duke, comes to complain of her ruined virtue, and the Duke, on Rigoletto's [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong blithe advice]], shuts him up by [[DisproportionateRetribution having him executed]]. Monterone pronounces a curse on them both, and the other courtiers resolve to revenge themselves on Rigoletto for his callous jokes. On his way home from work, Rigoletto also runs into a ProfessionalKiller, Sparafucile, who offers his services in removing anyone Rigoletto might find inconvenient. Now, finally, enter TheIngenue, TheChick and TheHeart: Gilda, the woman who is simultaneously: the woman believed to be Rigoletto's mistress; the beautiful girl the Duke met at church; and, [[{{Masquerade}} unbeknownst to everyone]], Rigoletto's [[AchillesHeel daughter]].

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''Rigoletto'' (1851) is an opera by GiuseppeVerdi Music/GiuseppeVerdi (based on the play ''Le roi s'amuse'' (1832) by Creator/VictorHugo) about the Duke of Mantua, a HandsomeLech if ever there was one, and his hunchbacked jester [[CharacterTitle Rigoletto]], a DeadpanSnarker whose quips hit a little too close to home. The opera opens with the Duke plotting the seduction of a young beauty he met in church while gossips whisper that Rigoletto has found a mistress. Count Monterone, whose daughter was seduced by the Duke, comes to complain of her ruined virtue, and the Duke, on Rigoletto's [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong blithe advice]], shuts him up by [[DisproportionateRetribution having him executed]]. Monterone pronounces a curse on them both, and the other courtiers resolve to revenge themselves on Rigoletto for his callous jokes. On his way home from work, Rigoletto also runs into a ProfessionalKiller, Sparafucile, who offers his services in removing anyone Rigoletto might find inconvenient. Now, finally, enter TheIngenue, TheChick and TheHeart: Gilda, the woman who is simultaneously: the woman believed to be Rigoletto's mistress; the beautiful girl the Duke met at church; and, [[{{Masquerade}} unbeknownst to everyone]], Rigoletto's [[AchillesHeel daughter]].
20th Jul '17 1:07:36 PM Exxolon
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[[caption-width-right:350:Poster advertising the premiere peformance]]
20th Nov '16 11:41:06 AM Divra
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* TenorBoy: PlayingAgainstType. While tenors are typically male ingenues and play TheHero, The Duke is at best morally gray, at worst the BigBad.

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* TenorBoy: PlayingAgainstType.Inverted. While tenors are typically male ingenues and play TheHero, The Duke is at best morally gray, at worst the BigBad.
23rd Oct '16 10:49:30 AM mlsmithca
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* IWantSong and IAmSong: The Duke's opening song, 'Questa o quella' ("This Woman or That"), fits both tropes by identifying the Duke as TheCasanova, a man who lives for the intimate company of women (especially other men's wives).

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* IWantSong and IAmSong: IWantSong: The Duke's opening song, 'Questa o quella' ("This Woman or That"), fits doubles as both tropes an "I Want" song and an IAmSong by identifying the Duke as TheCasanova, a man who lives for the intimate company of women (especially other men's wives).
27th Mar '16 6:22:36 PM Divra
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* EvilSoundsDeep: Zig-zags a ''lot'' among the male characters. Sparafucile's role gives him an F2--just one off from the E2, the lowest note you're ever supposed to ask a human being to sing, and he is evil, but relatively sympathetic. The Duke is a tenor and a villain, and was written as such specifically to invert this trope. Meanwhile, Rigoletto himself is a baritone and relatively sympathetic, but hardly a hero by any stretch. Among the women, it is played completely straight, as Maddalena is a contralto and Gilda a soprano.
** On the

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* EvilSoundsDeep: Zig-zags a ''lot'' among the male characters.
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Sparafucile's role gives him an F2--just one off from the E2, the lowest note you're ever supposed to ask a human being to sing, and he is evil, but relatively sympathetic. sympathetic.
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The Duke is a tenor and a villain, and was written as such specifically to invert this trope. Meanwhile, Rigoletto himself is a baritone and relatively sympathetic, but hardly a hero by any stretch.
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Among the women, it is played completely straight, as Maddalena is a contralto and Gilda a soprano.
** On the
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27th Mar '16 6:20:07 PM Divra
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* EvilSoundsDeep: Sparafucile's role gives him an F2--just one off from the E2, the lowest note you're ever supposed to ask a human being to sing.

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* EvilSoundsDeep: Zig-zags a ''lot'' among the male characters. Sparafucile's role gives him an F2--just one off from the E2, the lowest note you're ever supposed to ask a human being to sing.sing, and he is evil, but relatively sympathetic. The Duke is a tenor and a villain, and was written as such specifically to invert this trope. Meanwhile, Rigoletto himself is a baritone and relatively sympathetic, but hardly a hero by any stretch. Among the women, it is played completely straight, as Maddalena is a contralto and Gilda a soprano.
** On the
11th Apr '15 10:14:51 AM Zerbinetta
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This is the source of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A3zetSuYRg La Donna è Mobile]]" ("[[HypocriticalHumor Woman is Fickle]]") and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2Fx4xTgoVQ Cara Nome]]" ("[[LoveAtFirstSight Cherished Name]]"), two of the most famous opera tunes. Beautiful music and tragic love, what else does an opera need?

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This is the source of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A3zetSuYRg La Donna è Mobile]]" ("[[HypocriticalHumor Woman is Fickle]]") and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2Fx4xTgoVQ Cara Caro Nome]]" ("[[LoveAtFirstSight Cherished Name]]"), two of the most famous opera tunes. Beautiful music and tragic love, what else does an opera need?
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