Rigoletto (pronounced [riɡoˈletto]) is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo. Despite serious initial problems with the Austrian censors who had control over northern Italian theatres at the time, the opera had a triumphant premiere at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851.

Librettist Francesco Maria Piave (Based on the play "Le roi s'amuse" by Victor Hugo.)
Date of composition 1851
Premiered 1851, March 11th in Venice, Italy
First published 1851
Type Opera
Approx. duration 120 minutes
Spoken language Italian
Instruments Orchestra
Chorus/Choir - Cavalieri, dame, paggi, alabardieri (towns people)
Voice (Tenor) - l Duca di Mantova (Duke of Mantua)
Voice (Soprano) - Gilda, figlia di Rigoletto (Rigoletto's daughter)
Voice (Tenor) - Matteo Borsa, cortigiano (a courtier)
Voice (Contralto) - Maddalena, sorella di Sparafucile (Sparafucile's sister)
Voice (Bass) - Sparafucile, sicario (an assassin)
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Giovanna, custode di Gilda (Gilda's Nurse)
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - La contessa di Ceprano
Voice (Bass) - Il conte di Ceprano (Count Ceprano)
Voice (Baritone) - Rigoletto, buffone di Duca (the Duke's jester)
Voice (Baritone) - Il Conte di Monterone (Count Monterone)
Voice (Baritone) - Marullo, cavaliere
Voice (Tenor) - Un usciere di corte (A Court Usher)
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Un paggio della Duchessa (A Page)
Arrangements Franz Liszt: Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto, S. 434
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