Opera & Musical Theater

Opera Cheat Sheet: Rigoletto

A quick intro to Verdi’s tragic tale, Saturday’s noon Met Opera broadcast.

Rigoletto set design by Philippe Chaperon
Rigoletto set design by Philippe Chaperon

In this week's Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media Arts & Culture Director, St.John Flynn, and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra discuss Giuseppe Verdi's searing 1851 tragedy Rigoletto, the story of Gilda, the beautiful young girl sacrificed on the altar of her father's malevolence.

[The musical excerpts heard in this OCS are taken from the RCA Victor Opera Series recording featuring Georg Solti conducting the RCA Italiano Opera Orchestra & Chorus; Robert Merrill: Rigoletto; Anna Moffo: Gilda (RCA 6506-2-RG)]