• Rigoletto Educator Guide

What to Expect from Rigoletto

The first opera in Giuseppe Verdi’s career-defining “trilogy” that also includes Il Trovatore and La Traviata, Rigoletto revolves around three main characters: a court jester, brilliant but twisted in body and soul; the sybaritic nobleman he serves; and the jester’s naïve teenage daughter who gets caught up between them. It’s an exploration of love in all its aspects—parental, filial, romantic, and carnal—set to intoxicatingly beautiful music and a nuanced and psychologically acute libretto. The father–daughter relationship at the heart of the drama is supremely accessible to adolescent audiences.

  • Classroom Activity

    A full-length activity, designed to support your ongoing curriculum.

  • Musical Highlights

    Three "Musical Highlights" designed to focus on bits of music from Rigoletto to cultivate familiarity with the work.

  • Performance Activities

    Performance Activities for students to enjoy during the Metropolitan Opera HD transmission

  • Post-Show Discussion

    A post-transmission activity, integrating the Live in HD experience into students' wider views of the performing arts and humanities.

Rigoletto at the Met

In introducing Rigoletto to students, this guide directs their attention from the salacious doings at the surface to the subtle, relatable struggles that actually power the story. The following activities will prepare young listeners to appreciate not only Verdi’s seamless and ever-changing musical language, but also the transcendent themes of family and morality that have captivated audiences for more than 150 years. Above all, the guide offers sign posts and insights to focus attention and enhance students’enjoyment of this Live in HD production.