Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi ARENA DI VERONA FESTIVAL LIRICO 2017
RIGOLETTO (Opera in 3 acts - Music by Giuseppe Verdi - Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave)
Rigoletto is an Opera in three acts composed of Giuseppe Verdi, that together with "Il Trovatore" and "La Traviata" forms the so-called "trilogia popolare".
The story was adapted from Victor Hugo's drama "Le Roi s'amuse" of 1831, that staged the events of buffon Triboulet and that was however a victim of Austrian censorship due to harsh criticism of French
monarchy and nobility. Even Verdi's Rigoletto suffered the same destiny, so that the Emilian composer, in order to represent the Opera, was forced to reach a compromise: he set the scene in Mantua and he
transformed the King of France into the Duke of Mantova.
Only in this way it was possible to inscene Rigoletto in 1851 at Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
The drawing of libretto was entrusted to Francesco Maria Piave that, in spite many insistences with Carlo Marzari, the director of the Venetian teather, had to surrender to the imperial censure.