Rigoletto's sarcastic comments and participation in the Duke's escapades have won him enemies, including Count Monterone
, who is furious that his daughter has been seduced by the Duke.
Giovanni Tempesta has long dreamed of becoming an opera singer in his home town of Milan, Italy; but despite his talents he lacks the money for proper training and his dreams seem futile until he meets and falls in love with the wealthy Isabella Monterone
, whose father, a powerful Judge, is less than thrilled about her infatuation with a poor musician with no future.
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Tenor Joseph Kaiser was a notable Pylades in Iphigenia, and baritone Phillip Ens (Sparafucile) and Robert Pomakov (Count Monterone
) were some of the memorable lower voices in Rigoletto.
The curse motif is associated with retribution and occurs at three strategic places in the dramatic structure: near the beginning, Rigoletto's malice against Monterone
, the father of a girl seduced by the Duke, provokes Monterone
to curse him; in the middle of the opera, after his own daughter Gilda has similarly been seduced by the Duke, Rigoletto assumes the role of vengeance, both for Monterone
and for himself; and at the end, when Gilda dies in the Duke's place, retribution acquires an ironic as well as tragic dimension.
Details rang chillingly true: Monterone
, sectioned and sedated, absolving the Duke from a wheelchair; the courtiers' serial-killer clown-masks looming through the darkness beyond Gilda's security-fenced backyard.
In Rigoletto, which is to be performed tomorrow evening and on Friday, the 49-year-old baritone sings the part of Count Monterone
Liverpool-born Stephen Richardson makes his debut with the company singing Count Monterone
The cast also includes bass-baritone Bryan Glenn Davis, who plays two roles: Count Monterone
, who curses both Rigoletto and the duke, and Sparafucile, the assassin.