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January 23, 2011

Yesterday we went to see Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera. Every once in a while it’s good to take in a little culture, and the parents enjoy it (I spent a not insignificant portion of my childhood sleeping through the opera).

Anyway, it was a very good production, and the Georgian chick named Nino Machaidze who played Gilda was particularly impressive in her Met debut. If you don’t know the story of Rigoletto, basically he’s a court jester who pissed off everyone in the Duke’s court and they conspire to kidnap his mistress. Turns out his “mistress” is actually his daughter (and not his mistress — get your minds out of the gutter) and she’s actually also fallen in love with the Duke (who is quite a Lothario). Long story short, Rigoletto tries to get revenge, but his daughter ends up dead instead of the Duke and he ends up discovering that the body in the sack he is carrying to the river is really hers, not his.

How did I know all of this? Not just because of osmosis through my eyelids as a 9 year-old, but also because I watched The Odd Couple. Who says TV isn’t culture?

And now I can’t get “La donna è mobile” (which means “Woman is fickle”) out of my head.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2011 1:46 pm

  2. jco permalink
    January 23, 2011 3:29 pm

    That Pavarotti didn’t suck at all.

    • Fat Al permalink*
      January 24, 2011 7:39 am

      Sure, but he’s no Oscar Madison.

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