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Title: Rigoletto framed by Italian Romanticism
Authors: Frendo, Maria
Keywords: Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Rigoletto
Operas -- Librettos
Italian literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Frendo, M. (2009). Rigoletto framed by Italian Romanticism. Mediterranea 2009, 28-42.
Abstract: “Ch’hai du nuovo, buffon?” Actually, nothing is new for him. He is as he has always been, namely, in a very basic sense a court jester by profession, a doting father in his private life. There are, of course, many attenuating factors that contribute to his becoming a tragic figure by the end of the opera, not least a nasty streak in his character that allies him with the villainous, together with an extraordinary capacity for profound suffering that brings him on a par with the heroic. So, for the purposes of this essay, the question should really be re-phrased, and one could ask: what is new about, rather than for, both Rigoletto and Rigoletto?
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