Rigoletto by Verdi Giuseppe Khan Gary
'The subject cannot fail
' exulted Verdi when recommending Victor Hugo's play Le Roi s'amuse to his librettist. But the censors made every effort to stop it and the baritone was not easily convinced that a hunchback role would suit him. Jonathan Keates gives a vivid insight into the composition of a masterpiece. Verdi long afterwards thought it his best work and Roger Parker explains why. Peter Nichols author of several bestselling books in Italy picks out some of the peculiarly Italian attitudes and characters in the opera which make it timeless - and incredibly modern.