Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Dec. 15, 1981)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Levine; Eda-Pierre, Jones, Pavarotti, Quilico, Berberian
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 5 min.
Luciano Pavarotti is the elegant, reckless Duke of Mantua whose betrayal of the innocent Gilda (Christiane Eda-Pierre) leads to a tragic ending. Louis Quilico plays Rigoletto, the court jester and Gilda’s father, who has dedicated his life to keeping his daughter away from the Duke—only to have her sacrifice her own life for the villainous nobleman. James Levine’s conducting brings out the scorching drama in Verdi’s unforgettable score.