Opera - Rigoletto
An opera in three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
English translation by James Fenton
The English National Opera production
Direced for the stage by Jonathan Miller
'That pretty girl I've been seeing in the city'
'If a woman should happen to catch my eye'
'You're going? That's cruel'
'Duke', 'Countess', Rigoletto, Chorus
'It's happened! It's happened!'
Marullo, Chorus, 'Duke', Rigoletto, Ceprano, Borsa, Courtiers
'I demand to see him'
Monterone, 'Duke', Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers
'The old man laid his curse on me!'
'We are equals'
'Ah, do not demand of one so sad'
Rigoletto, Gilda, Giovanna
'Oh, dear Giovanna, guard my daughter'
Rigoletto, Gilda, Giovanna, 'Duke'
'Giovanna, I should have told him'
Gilda, Giovanna, 'Duke'
'Love is the source of life, love is our sunlight'
'Duke', Gilda, Ceprano, Borsa, Giovanna
'Gualtier Maldè, you were the first to love me . . .
Dearest name of my first love'
Gilda, Borsa, Ceprano, Chorus, Marullo
'I have returned. But why?'
Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Marullo
'Softly, softly we move in to get her'
All, Gilda, Chorus, Rigoletto
'Somebody came and stole her but when?'
'Somewhere I see you weeping'
'We went to look for her last night together'
'The power of love is calling'
'Poor little Rigoletto . . .'
Marullo, Rigoletto, Chorus, Ceprano, Secretary, Borsa
'Filthy rabble, you liars, you cowards'
Gilda, Rigoletto, All
'Speak now. They've left us'
'Ive one thing to do here before I am finished'
Rigoletto, Gilda, Henchman, Monterone
'Old man, you're mistaken'
'You love him?'
Rigoletto, Gilda, 'Duke', Sparafucile
'Women abandon us'
'Duke', Sparafucile, Rigoletto
'When first I came to talk to you'
'Duke', Gilda, Maddalena, Rigoletto
'If you want a faithful lover'
'Duke', Maddalena, Gilda, Rigoletto
'Eighty dollars you were asking'
Rigoletto, Sparafucile, 'Duke', Maddalena
'He's such a young man, handsome and friendly'
Maddalena, 'Duke', Sparafucile
'I cannot think clearly'
Gilda, Maddalena, Sparafucile
'Now for my vengeance, now the moment is ready'
'He's there, murdered, oh yes'
'But who can be inside here?'
'It's all my fault'
'Ah, soon, in Heaven'
John Rawnsley baritone - Rigoletto
Helen Field soprano - Gilda
Arthur Davies tenor - The 'Duke'
John Tomlinson bass - Sparafucile
Jean Rigby mezzo-soprano - Maddalena
Norman Bailey bass-baritone - Monterone
Alan Opie baritone - Marullo
28-30 July, 1, 6, 7, 14, 28 August and 4 September 1983