February 17, 2018
Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece is, at its heart, a revenge plan gone wrong. A curse placed on the Duke of Mantua – a player’s player - and his court jester, Rigoletto is triggered when Gilda, Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter, falls for the Duke. Mistaken identities abound. For instance, Gilda tells her nurse that she’s in love with a poor student, but it happens to be the Duke in disguise. Rigoletto – court jester by day – is actually a loving father, playing the role of the fool to protect his daughter. In the tragic ending, Gilda disguises herself as a young boy to save the Duke’s life. We’ll just leave it at this: Revenge backfires.
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