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Rigoletto (Dec. 15, 1981)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave

Levine; Eda-Pierre, Jones, Pavarotti, Quilico, Berberian

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 5 min.

Luciano Pavarotti is the elegant, reckless Duke of Mantua whose betrayal of the innocent Gilda (Christiane Eda-Pierre) leads to a tragic ending. Louis Quilico plays Rigoletto, the court jester and Gilda’s father, who has dedicated his life to keeping his daughter away from the Duke—only to have her sacrifice her own life for the villainous nobleman. James Levine’s conducting brings out the scorching drama in Verdi’s unforgettable score.