The San Francisco Public Library’s Art&Music&Recreation
Department is pleased to continue its partnership with the Merola Opera
Program and screen Rigoletto on March 20, 2016, as part of Merola Goes to the Movies series.
It was described by some critics as ‘revolutionary’ and by Verdi himself as almost without arias “but only an unending string of duets.” Based on a play by Victor Hugo, Rigoletto premiered on 11 March 1851 in Venice. This is the story of an embittered jester who makes comic fodder out of
human tragedy only to find himself at the heart of his own tragedy when
his beautiful, sheltered daughter falls in love with the faithless duke
he serves. The French born Jean-Pierre Ponnelle directed the film version of Rigoletto in 1981 with Luciano Pavarotti as The Duke and Ingvar Wixell as Rigoletto.
San Francisco Public Library carries many books, CDs and DVDs relating to Rigoletto, the legendary composer Giuseppe Verdi, and opera generally.
Verdi's Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi; introduced and translated by Ellen H. Bleiler (Dover Publications, 1983).