One of the most important and iconic titles of all time, “The Star Wars of the opera” (Alexander Joel). A three-act opera by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on Victor Hugo's 1832 drama Le Roi s'Amuse.
The premiere took place on March 11, 1851 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
It was an overwhelming success and was an international breakthrough for Verdi. After the premiere, the composer said he would probably never be able to write something so beautiful again.