The Act 3 Quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto
The Music of Rigoletto - San Diego Opera
The result is the duet for Rigoletto and Gilda, beginning with his words to Giovanna, "Veglia, o donnma, questo fiore" (Safely guard this tender blossom).
Rigoletto hears footsteps in the street and goes out through the door of the courtyard to see who may be there.
Rigoletto is set in Mantua, Italy, in the 16th century
In a colloquy, to which the orchestra supplies an accompaniment, interesting because in keeping with the scene he offers to Rigoletto his services, should they be needed, in putting enemies out of the way -- and his charges are reasonable.
Rigoletto - opera by Giuseppe Verdi; libretto with translations
Count Ceprano who many times has suffered under Rigolettos biting tongue, knowing that she is in some way connected with the jester, in fact believing her to be his mistress, and glad of any opportunity of doing him an injury, forms a plan to carry off the young girl, and so arranges it that Rigoletto unwittingly assists in her abduction.
Verdi: Rigoletto | Music Appreciation
For next, to the sextet in "Lucia," the quartet in the last act of "Rigoletto" is the finest piece of concerted music in Italian opera -- and many people will object to my placing it only "next" to that other famous ensemble, instead of on complete equality with, or even ahead of it.
The "argument" of "Rigoletto" deals with the amatory escapades of the Duke of Mantua.
Rigoletto Synopsis - Metropolitan Opera
I cannot recall a representation of the work with Nilsson and Campanini in which this was not the case, and it was so at the Manhattan when "Rigoletto" was sung there by Melba and Bonci.