story of Rigoletto is set in Italy during the Renaissance.
In the story, the Duke has the power of a king. As a warm up,
discuss what the students think it would be like to be a king.
What do they think it would be like to be ruled by a king? What
stories do they know that describe good kings? What stories describe
Explain that an opera
is a story that uses words and music. What other stories do they
know that use words and music?
Read or tell the story of the first section of the Rigoletto
story at the end of this unit. Pause at the indicated place to
play music from the overture (CD1, Tr1).
Identify the main characters in the story. What do we know about
Using the information in the story, how do the students think
that it will end? Is this a tragedy or a comedy? Discuss the elements
of tragedy and comedy.
Relay the opera overture, which was composed by Verdi.
How does the music tell us about the story? Do you think that
this helps us know if the story will end tragically or comically?
Each student will write an ending to the story. How do they think
that the conflict between the characters will be resolved? How
will the curse affect the main characters?