Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2014 | ISBN: 9780226094915
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780226095073 | DOI:

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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

Chapter.  6342 words. 

Subjects: Opera

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