"Verdi's Rigoletto"
by hector
Rigoletto
Creative Commons AttributionRigoletto - Credit: Fabio, Flickr

Rigoletto, an opera by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), is based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo.  

Rigoletto is a hunchback jester in the court of the Duke of Mantua, who wins favour with his patron by ridiculing the courtiers.  Without knowing her identity, the Duke develops a passion for Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda.  Conspiracy abounds, and soon Rigoletto is plotting the assassination of the Duke.  But this is the blackest of tragedies, and ultimately it is his own daughter who is murdered.