These Characters Act This Way?
Arts, Performing Arts
Intrapersonal, Musical/Rhythmic, Verbal/Linguistic
Acquisition and integration of knowledge, Extension and refinement
the individual characteristic drawing from the last lesson, students
will expand on the character development of both Rigoletto and
Gilda. They will do this through analyzation of the music, the
libretto, and the story line.
Black Dog Opera Library Series CD starring Pavoratti (Jean Pierre
Ponelle film version)
1 and Part
and Extension-Specific Resources: See unit overview
General Internet Resources: See unit overview
Standards for Arts Education:
5-8, Standards 6,7,8,9
will demonstrate the relationship between characters and plot
Critical thinking strategies
Independent student work
To begin, discuss the students' drawings of Rigoletto. How do
they see him as a character? What are his good points and his
Return to the story map that the students constructed in the last
lesson. Follow the character Rigoletto through the events
of the story. At each event ask the following questions: How
does he feel? Why does he feel this way? (Example: In the opening
scene, Rigoletto feels happy because he gets to make fun of anyone
he wants, and the Duke will protect him.)
As a group or on their own, have the students repeat this process
for the Duke and for Gilda.
Read the libretto for the following selections and then listen
to the arias:
The Duke's Philosophy (CD1, Tr3), The Duke Grieves Over the Loss
of Gilda (CD2, Tr1 and 2), The Duke's Song (CD2, Tr12). What do
these pieces of music tell us about the Duke? Do you think that
he is really as sad as he seems in the second selection?
Replay Gilda's declaration of Love (CD1, Tr16). What does this
music tell us about Gilda?
On a sheet of paper, ask the students to describe ways in which
the tragedy of the story could be avoided. If they were the Duke,
how would they act differently? If they were Rigoletto? If they
the students' papers reflect an understanding of how the character
flaws in each individual contribute to the unfolding of the tragedy?
Continue to lesson
Dog Opera Series Rigoletto CD