“La maledizione!” November 23, 2007Posted by Jeff in Giuseppe Verdi, Italian, Opera, Theater, Tito Gobbi.
Above, the quartet from Act III of Verdi’s Rigoletto, the title character of which is the mark of any Verdi baritone. Lina Pagliughi singing Gilda (acted by Marcella Govoni), Mario Filippeschi as the Duke of Mantua, Anna Maria Canale as Maddelena … and the brilliant Tito Gobbi as the court jester whose daughter is seduced by his employer. From a 1946 film, with the orchestra conducted by Tulio Serafin.
Earlier, in Act II, Rigoletto pleads and curses the courtiers who refuse to tell him what they have done with his daughter: “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”
The finale: “La maledizione!”