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The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi$
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Abramo Basevi and Stefano Castelvecchi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226094915

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.001.0001

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(p.160) (p.161) 15 Rigoletto
The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Rigoletto, first performed in Venice in March 1851. The libretto by Piave was taken from Victor Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse. The opera was greatly celebrated from its first appearance. Verdi was truly inspired in setting this drama, which completely accorded with his vigorous way of feeling, always in search of contrasts.

Keywords:   Verdi, opera, Italian composers, Piave, libretto, Victor Hugo, Le roi s'amuse

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