A Big Splash
MARIA NOCKIN watches
'Rigoletto' from the Met, live in HD
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) knew he was asking for trouble with the censors when he decided to write an opera based the story of Victor Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse ('The King Amuses Himself'). The play, which pictured King Francis I of France as a womanizer, was premièred on 22 November 1832 at the Théâtre Français in Paris. It had incidental music by Leo Delibes, the composer of Lakmé. Unfortunately, the French censors deemed the play insulting to the current king, Louis-Philippe, and banned it for the immediate future...
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