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World premiere: Teatro la Fenice, Venice, 1851.
Met premiere: November 16, 1883.

This summary contains the complete plot of the opera Rigoletto by Guiseppi Verdi. Rigoletto is a jester in the court of the Duke of Mantua. He has a hunch-back and he's rather unattractive, but he's good at his job of humiliating the courtiers for the amusement of the Duke. The courtiers, of course, are not amused. The Duke is a ladies man who feels his life would be meaningless if he couldn't chase every skirt he sees. In fact, we learn as the opera begins that he's recently been noticing a young lady every Sunday on her way to church, and he's vowed to have his way with her. What nobody realizes is that the girl is the jester's beloved daughter, Gilda, and that Gilda has seen the Duke every Sunday and is smitten with him. Suddenly Count Monterone appears at court, furious that the Duke has seduced his daughter.

Funiculì, Funiculà




"Funiculì, Funiculà" was originally written in a Neapolitan dialect in 1880. Luigi Denza wrote the music and Peppino Turco wrote the lyrics. It was composed for the opening of the first funicular on Mount Vesuvius.

A funicular is an inclined railway that goes up a steep slope like a mountain. One tram goes up while another one goes down on a cable. They thereby counterbalance each other.

The funicular this song was celebrating was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1944.

The first English translation below is a loose one I did based on one on Wikipedia. The second English translation is not literal. It's the popular lyrics of "Funiculi Funicula" in English.

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but
today this young people not
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they forced me, it makes me fly
but all that, it makes me fly

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the real problem is how to land
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the real problem is how to land
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