Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi

Act I

Description: Ball in the palace of the Duke of Mantua. Laughter, music, dancing, the splendor of the courtiers and the smiles of the beauties - all mixed in the chaos of unrestrained fun and revelry, reminiscent of an orgy. The Duke himself is in the center of attention. Young and reckless handsome, he is famous in Mantua for love affairs. Among his friends, the Duke enthusiastically talks about a charming girl from the suburbs, whom he recently met by chance near the church. Next to the Duke - his favorite, a constant companion of all frivolous pleasures, witty hunchback Rigoletto - a court jester. The misfortune of being ugly and hunchbacked embittered him. Hypocritically serving the Duke, he secretly hates his master for his beauty, youth, insignificance of soul, as well as nobles for their arrogance and wealth, all people - for the fact that they have no hump on his back. His weapon is laughter, his only entertainment is intrigue, his goal is revenge. He constantly pushes the courtiers among themselves, inflames the Duke's unworthy feelings, pushes for debauchery. Seeing the proud Countess Ceprano, the Duke, with his inherent instability, forgets about the girl he met near the church. In his heart flares a passion for beauty, which he tries to seduce in front of her husband. An angry Count Ceprano wants to stop the Duke, but Rigoletto appears in his way. Mocking the jealous man, he advises his master that night to seize the charming countess ... The antics of the hunchback overflows the cup of patience of the courtiers. Learning from Marullo that the clown is hiding his mistress in a secluded house, they secretly decide to steal her for the Duke and thus take revenge on the insidious Rigoletto. Suddenly, the fun of the ball is disrupted by the appearance of Count Monterone: the old man demands the return of his abducted daughter. The duke is furious. Rigoletto, confident of his impunity, scoffs at his father's grief. Count Monterone curses the clown.

Scene 1
Act II

Description: The morning of the next day. The duke is upset: someone stole a beautiful stranger. To cheer him up, the courtiers tell him a night adventure. Happy to have Rigoletto's "mistress" in his palace, the Duke hurries to his rooms. Rigoletto's voice suddenly sounds. With feigned carelessness he sings a clownish song. But not teasing, but pain is heard in it. Looking intently at the sinister faces, the grief-stricken clown tries in vain to find Gilda's tracks. And only when the courtiers ambiguously hint that his lordship is "on the hunt", Rigoletto immediately guesses everything. His curse breathes rage and terrible accusation. He is replaced by despair and a passionate plea to return his daughter. The tragic scene is interrupted by Gilda, who ran out of the ducal rooms. A flash of hope illuminates Rigoletto's soul: was it just a ridiculous joke? Unfortunately, her daughter cannot comfort her unhappy father and, with tears in her eyes, tells him how she fell in love with the Duke, how she got here, to the rooms. Rigoletto vows revenge. The scene ends with a duet in which the clown burns with a desire for revenge, and the daughter - with a plea for mercy, because she loves the Duke and is confident in his love.


Description: Deserted outskirts of the city. Rigoletto brought his daughter to the Sparafuchile Tavern to make sure she had betrayed the Duke, who had come to see Maddalena, the Sparafuchile's sister. Gilda in despair ... Rigoletto sends his daughter home, and he arranges with Sparafuchile to assassinate the Duke. A thunderstorm is approaching. Sparafuchile is satisfied: the guest will stay in his house for the whole night, and this will make things much easier ... Maddalena liked the handsome young man, and she begs her brother to save his life. Sparafuchile is worried: he is an honest killer and must keep his word. Will someone accidentally come to their hut ... Then he will be able to kill a stranger instead of a guest. Gilda returns to the place where the crime should be committed in men's clothing. After hearing her brother and sister talk, she decides to sacrifice herself for the sake of her lover's life. North is approaching, when a murder is scheduled to take place. The girl goes to the house ... The storm subsides. Sparafuchile, having received money, takes out a clown bag with a body. The hunchback hurries to the river to take revenge on his own. He triumphs in revenge ... But what is it? Somewhere in the distance, the familiar frivolous song of the Duke reaches him ... With horror, Rigoletto opens the bag and sees a dying Gilda in a flash of lightning ... So, the punishment came true: the curse of Father Monterone fell on Rigoletto's father.