"Rigoletto, opera in three acts by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave) that premiered at La Fenice opera house in Venice on March 11, 1851. Based closely on the controversial 1832 play Le Roi s’amuse (The King Amuses Himself; also performed in English as The King’s Fool) by Victor Hugo, Verdi’s opera was nearly kept off the stage by censors. With Rigoletto, Verdi reached a new level in his career; his next two operas, Il trovatore and La traviata, exhibit comparable artistry. Each of the three remains a staple of the operatic repertoire. Rigoletto is an acknowledged masterpiece that demonstrates Verdi’s complete grasp of his musical materials. The action proceeds almost continuously, so the audience rarely perceives artificial breaks for conventional arias." Full article HERE.
"Wie eng benachbart Liebe und Hass sind, wie tief die Verbitterung ist, die ein von einer herzlosen Gesellschaft zum Außenseiter gestempelter Mensch empfindet, das alles verkörpert Marian Pop als Rigoletto stimmlich wie darstellerisch auf höchst komplexe Weise." Full article HERE.
Translation: "How closely adjacent love and hate are, how deep the bitterness is, that a man stamped by a heartless society as an outsider, all this embodies Marian Pop as Rigoletto in a highly complex manner both vocally and dramatically."