Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Mar. 7, 1992)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Santi; Swenson, White, Leech, Nucci, Rootering
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 57 min.
Rigoletto’s one joy in life is his loving, beautiful daughter, Gilda. She is the only thing he cares for and the single bright spot in his tortured existence. So when Rigoletto’s boss, the handsome, charming, lascivious Duke of Mantua, defiles her, Rigoletto wants revenge. Leo Nucci is the tragic hunchbacked court jester, Ruth Ann Swenson the enchanting Gilda, and Richard Leech is the charismatic but licentious Duke.