Verdi: Rigoletto

Narrated by: David Timson
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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Rigoletto is simply wonderful entertainment with superb music. It is also much more - a daring (for its time) attack on aristocratic privilege, a tender love story, and an impassioned appeal on behalf of the disadvantaged, all set to music of such wealth and beauty that, with its sister operas La Traviata and Il Trovatore, it has defined Italian opera for 150 years. Overcoming initial trouble with the censors, Verdi's Rigoletto was a smash hit at its premiere and has not been out of the repertoire since. It’s not hard to see why.

From Thomson Smillie’s accessible account, the opera comes alive in this audiobook. David Timson is the perfect exponent of Smillie's vivacious writing, securing a thoroughly entertaining and informative performance.

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Fun intro (or recap) of the opera

I love this series for listening before I go to an opera, or after while the experience is fresh. This was informative and educational, funny in parts. Rigoletto is of course a staple opera. The story in the opera, and the circumstances surrounding its creation, are as fascinating as the music. While short, this audio is highly recommended.