Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Dec. 16, 2006)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave. based on the play Le Roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo
Haider; Alvarez, Siurina, Calleja
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 56 min.
The beautiful and innocent Gilda (Ekaterina Siurina) has fallen in love with the licentious Duke of Mantua (Joseph Calleja), believing him to be a poor student. Her father Rigoletto, the duke’s hunchbacked jester, has dedicated his life to keeping her from harm, and especially from his master. When Gilda is abducted and brought to the duke’s palace, Rigoletto turns to the assassin Sparafucile (Robert Lloyd) to get his revenge—but his plan goes horribly wrong, leading to Gilda’s death.