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March 2022

Rigoletto is certainly one of the most tragic operas of the entire musical theater: rare is the injustice to the people of fate and partly self-inflicted acts shattered be described as dramatic as in this masterpiece of Giuseppe Verdi.

Ballroom in the palace of the Duke: With a court society celebrates the young, light-hearted Duke of Mantua a magnificent feast. He was just told by a seductive adventure with an unknown peasant girl, only to woo to the beautiful wife of Count Ceprano. The hunchbacked jester Rigoletto is hated by his cynical mockery of the courtiers ago. Because they are the favorite of the Duke can not harm them, to think of nasty revenge. You are his hidden private life on track and plan the kidnapping of the alleged lover. Count Monterone appears and asks the Duke of accountability for the dishonor of his daughter. When Rigoletto mocks the outraged father, he is also the curse of the injured.

The lonely end of a dead end: the idea of pursuing Monterone's curse Rigoletto. Sparafucile, a mercenary killers, offers him his services. Rigoletto sees the bandits in the mirror image of his own existence. Such as that with the dagger, he kills with his tongue. Derided as a cripple from his surroundings and always forced to keep his master, he has lost his humanity. Only in his home, he still harbors an emotional oasis:
His daughter Gilda, whom he keeps hidden anxious before the Duke offers him security and personal happiness. You should confirm him to leave only to visit the church of the home. While, father and daughter leave, a young man sneaks into the garden. It is the Duke, Gilda is followed repeated after the show. Now he introduces himself as a penniless student, and the two declare their love for each other. Gilda still depends on their intimate feelings, when the courtiers gather in front of the house to play a nasty trick Rigoletto. tormented by gloomy forebodings, returned the hunchback. As the masked pretend that they want to lure you away from the adjacent Palace of the Countess Ceprano for the Duke, Rigoletto keeps them blindfolded even the ladder. Only the cries for help of the stolen Gilda him revealing the grim truth: Monterone's curse has reached it.

A hall in the palace of the Duke: The Duke has found empty on his return home Rigoletto. He mourns for his lost love, which he believes to feel deep affection for the first time. As advised the courtiers the successful abduction of Gildas, and full of love 'informs the duke to her. Rigoletto can disguise his pain in the fool's garb with difficulty. But his questions first bounce effect from the court society: he may look for his missing girlfriend elsewhere. When he speaks of his daughter, the ridicule softened course embarrassed consternation. While still Rigoletto begs for mercy, the disgraced Gilda rushes. Distraught, she told the father of the deception, but also acknowledges her strong love for the abuser. But Rigoletto employ only bloody revenge. withdraw as Monterone on the way to jail his curse against the Duke, the jester makes the advocate of the two injured father honor.

The right bank of the Mincio: Rigoletto recalls the offer of the bandit Sparafucile and now wants to murder the Duke of him. Maddalena, the pretty sister of the villain, has charmed the womanizer as a dancer. Dressed as an officer, he followed her into the infamous tavern, where he wants to kill Sparafucile in his sleep. Rigoletto and Gilda, who will leave in the men's garb, the city observe the banter of love womanizer with the cocotte. Gilda is deeply disturbed, but can now forget the faithless seducer. Maddalena, which refers to the pretty pleased Galan, asks her brother for his life. But her proposal to kill the victim rather than the client fails to fulfill its professional reputation. Just before midnight, when another is Herbergeaufsucht, Sparafucile to protect the score is ready. Gilda has overheard the conversation and wants to die for the beloved. During a violent storm she enters the tavern. Rigoletto-takes in a bag that appointed body. As he is in the high sense of his revenge the dead into the river, he hears the Duke sing his favorite song from the female whims and believes first of all an illusion. He opens the bag and discovered the dying Gilda. On the edge desTodes circling their thoughts for mercy and forgiveness. Under the weight of the curse collapses Rigoletto.

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The structure of the opera house was planned by the Viennese architect August Sicard von Sicardsburg, while the inside was designed by interior decorator Eduard van der Nüll. It was also impacted by other major artists such as Moritz von Schwind, who painted the frescoes in the foyer, and the famous "Zauberflöten" (“Magic Flute”) series of frescoes on the veranda. Neither of the architects survived to see the opening of ‘their’ opera house: the sensitive van der Nüll committed suicide, and his friend Sicardsburg died of a stroke soon afterwards.


On May 25, 1869, the opera house solemnly opened with Mozart's Don Giovanni in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth.
The popularity of the building grew under the artistic influence of the first directors: Franz von Dingelstedt, Johann Herbeck, Franz Jauner, and Wilhelm Jahn. The Vienna opera experienced its first high point under the direction of Gustav Mahler. He completely transformed the outdated performance system, increased the precision and timing of the performances, and also utilized the experience of other noteworthy artists, such as Alfred Roller, for the formation of new stage aesthetics.


The years 1938 to 1945 were a dark chapter in the history of the opera house. Under the Nazis, many members of the house were driven out, pursued, and killed, and many works were not allowed to be played.


On March 12, 1945, the opera house was devastated during a bombing, but on May 1, 1945, the “State Opera in the Volksoper” opened with a performance of Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. On October 6, 1945, the hastily restored “Theaters an der Wien” reopened with Beethoven's FIDELIO. For the next ten years the Vienna State Opera operated in two venues while the true headquarters was being rebuilt at a great expense.


The Secretary of State for Public Works, Julius Raab, announced on May 24, 1945, that reconstruction of the Vienna State Opera would begin immediately. Only the main facade, the grand staircase, and the Schwind Foyer had been spared from the bombs. On November 5, 1955, the Vienna State Opera reopened with a new auditorium and modernized technology. Under the direction of Karl Böhm, Beethoven’s FIDELIO was brilliantly performed, and the opening ceremonies were broadcast by Austrian television. The whole world understood that life was beginning again for this country that had just regained its independence.


Today, the Vienna State Opera is considered one of the most important opera houses in the world; in particular, it is the house with the largest repertoire. It has been under the direction of Dominique Meyer since September 1, 2010.

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