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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.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Dec 15, 1981


Giuseppe Verdi


Francesco Maria Piave

Run Time

2 HRS 05 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus