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is an opera in three acts by the Italian composer and director Giuseppe Verdi, based on the play “Le roi s’amuse” by Victor Hugo.
The work was Verdi’s first international triumph and ranks among the most frequently performed operas in the world. A tragic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice.
The protagonist is a hunchbacked court jester who encourages his master, the Duke of Mantua, to indulge in a licentious and lustful life until his own daughter, Gilda, falls victim to the Duke’s seduction.
Rigoletto’s plot to have his master murdered backfires and results in Gilda’s death. Verdi imbued this work with enchanting melodies, strong dramatic situations, powerful characterization and intense emotions.
Opera in 3 Acts
Libretto Francesco Maria Piave
Producer Warren Mok
Conductor Paolo Olmi
Director Pier Francesco Maestrini
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Opera Hong Kong Chorus
Performed in Italian with Chinese and English Surtitles