An original Italian easy reader by Francesca Colombo
Giuseppe Verdi’s famous opera is here simplifed for learners of Italian (with quotes from the actual libretto!)
Court jester to a sex-addicted aristocrat, Rigoletto earns a nice living mocking the courtiers whose wives his boss seduces, safe in the knowledge that the Duke he amuses will protect him. But then his many enemies learn that Rigoletto has a secret…
Why not begin with our ‘easy reader’ ebook before seeking out a recording of the opera on Youtube? It’ll help! Or just use this original Italian reading/listening practice material to add a little variety to your study program.
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
- 5 chapters (based on the act structure of the opera) to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at pre-intermediate level or above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
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Steve (verified owner) –
I have purchased all the opera series thus far because one of my goals in studying Italian was to better appreciate opera. This is my favorite so far. One of the better plots and plenty of interesting characters. Plus the famous “La donna `e mobile” which I never had any idea what it was about. With these books you really can understand what is going on. You get to enjoy an opera and study Italian at the same time!
Elsa (verified owner) –
Another enjoyable synopsis of an opera. I liked the short lines from a character’s song in each chapter followed by a modern paraphrasing. I searched the first line of each of these songs on You Tube and listened to the full version and for some of them it came with footage from an actual opera performance. I think I could go and watch the opera live now that I know the story.
I thoroughly recommend this series of books.
Elsa, you’re an angel from heaven! We get virtually no reviews these days, to the extent that I was convinced there was a technical error (but had no idea what to do to fix it!) Now that’s one job off my list…
I’m happy you liked the ebook, by the way!
And thanks again for taking the time to leave a review.