Monterone

Monterone

after humiliation, curses both Duke and Rigoletto. [Ital. Opera: Verdi, Rigoletto, Westerman, 299]
See: Evil
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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.
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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 in Rigoletto.
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.