Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
These free lectures, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, feature speaker Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts.
Giuseppe Verdi had composed 28 operas in 53 years. In 1851, his 16th opera, Rigoletto, was first performed at La Fenice in Venice. This is the opera where Verdi’s musical and dramatic genius was fully revealed. Suddenly, the mature Verdi stood before the Italian operatic public.
The story is told with music that combines gripping power with imperishable tunes.
The character Rigoletto is a twisted angry man but, as Verdi shows us in so many ways, he is redeemed by his love for his daughter, Gilda. But, try as Rigoletto might to protect his sweet child, she is doomed by the curse of another anguished father.
In Rigolettomusic and drama combine in a way that has captured the heart of opera audiences for more than 160 years. Don’t miss it!
Monday, December 16, 7pm
Kirkland Library, 425.822.2459
Wednesday, December 18, 7pm
Burien Library, 206.243.3490
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Federal Way Library, 253.838.3668
Saturday, December 21, 2pm
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Redmond Library, 425.885.1861
Thursday, January 2, 7pm
Shoreline Library, 206.362.7550
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Vashon Library, 206.463.2069
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Monday, January 6, 7pm
Bellevue Library, 425.450.1765
Tuesday, January 7, 7pm
Issaquah Library, 425.392.5490
Wednesday, January 8, 7pm
Mercer Island Library, 206.236.3537
Thursday, January 9, 10:30am
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Last Updated: November 5, 2013