Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi and it is based on the play "Le roi s'amuse" by Victor Hugo.
Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda.
The opera's original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to a curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter the Duke has seduced with Rigoletto's encouragement.
Despite serious initial problems with the Austrian censors who had control over northern Italian theatres at the time, the opera had a triumphant premiere at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March Protected content .
It is widely considered to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi's middle-to-late career.
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