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Choral Society prepares Valentine's concert for Feb. 15

Jan 14, 2013

Washington Choral Society will celebrate Valentine's Day with an evening of romantic music on Feb. 15. This event will be a benefit for Hamakua Place. Rehearsals will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington. All interested singers are cordially invited to participate. For further information, please call Nancy Salemink at 653-4983.

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jan 15, 2013 04:31

Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo. It was first performed at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851. Despite serious initial problems with the Austrian censors who had control over northern Italian theatres at the time, the opera had a triumphant premiere and is considered by many to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi's middle-to-late career. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera's original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto's encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda likewise falls in love with the Duke and eventually sacrifices her life to save him from the assassins hired by her father.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jan 15, 2013 04:27
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