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Vintage Opera News - March 23, 1959

Item# 03231959


Vintage Opera News - March 23, 1959

Opera News - March 23, 1959
Volume 23, Number 21
Published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild

The Met Opera broadcast of Verdi’s Rigoletto is celebrated in this vintage 1959 issue of Opera News. The central figure on the cover is young Francis I, prototype of Rigoletto’s Duke of Mantua, who is shown on the first of the famous Unicorn Tapestries.

Each of these vintage Opera News magazines measures 7” wide and 10” tall and is roughly 32-36 pages in length. Lovingly preserved, each is a fascinating time capsule of what was happening at the Met Opera during its publication. They include interesting opera analysis, multiple black and white photos, and charming ads from the era. However, with the gorgeous covers you may just want to frame it to use as unique opera decor!
 

One of the most popular operas in the repertoire, Verdi’s riveting drama was first seen in 1851 at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice. Together with his next two works, Il Trovatore and La Traviata, it formed the basis for the composer’s lasting success. For his new production, director Michael Mayer has moved the action from 16th-century Mantua to 1960s Las Vegas: “I tried to imagine a recent world that captures the decadence of the Duke’s palace, where the participants are in pursuit of power, money, and beauty,” he says. Las Vegas in the ’60s is such a world, where a kind of prankster energy could go bad.”
 

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