Verdi: Rigoletto, 'Bella figlia dell’amore'
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The Katherine Jenkins Collection - A Night at the Opera
6. Verdi: Rigoletto, 'Bella figlia dell’amore'
Verdi's Rigoletto from 1851 is another example of the king of romantic opera's craft, and yet another jewel in his operatic crown. 'When the opera premiered in March 1851 it was a complete triumph,' says Katherine, 'especially the song, "La donna è mobile" which was already being sung in the streets by the next morning. 'Bella figlia dell'amore' is probably the finest quartet in all opera, sung by the lusty Duke of Mantua, the lovesick Gilda, her anxious father Rigoletto, and Maddalena - whose brother is about to bump the Duke off. Picture: Zeljko Lucic performs the title roll of Rigoletto alongside Diana Damrau performing as Gilda, Piotr Beczala as the Duke and Oksana Volkova at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.