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Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto

In 1975, my first long-term girlfriend, Lacy, and I had a fairly comfortable relationship. We shared very similar tastes in art, literature and music, and this fact made us pretty compatible. 1,224 more words

Classical Music

The Jester's Curse Continues

In the preceding post, I presented a synopsis of Act I of Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic opera Rigoletto, which he originally intended to title… 2,071 more words


Hands Off! by Victor Borge

For those of you who would never have thought that classical music could be wildly entertaining, I hope to prove you wrong. I grew up watching Victor Borge recite hilarious jokes at his piano. 81 more words

The Jester's Curse

As I pointed out in the preceding post, some tricksters in literature and other art forms become tragic figures, their tricks turning on them in bitter, devastating ways. 1,118 more words


Over the halfway point

In my last post I said I would give a catch up on how things have been going out here in France. I’m very pleased to say it’s been very successful. 256 more words


Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House - 12 September to 6 October 2014

Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse, was his ‘best opera’. He had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. 247 more words

Opera And Ballet

Rigoletto: disability and the fool

Elly and I were on the train headed to the city when five half drunk middle-aged men wearing blue joined our carriage; obviously off to the rugby final, Waratah supporters hoping for the club’s first premiership. 766 more words