Today we’re listening to… “Caro nome”, one of the most famous soprano arias from Act 1 of the Italian opera Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. Rigoletto has kept his daughter hidden away to protect her, but Gilda (a young woman no more than 16-18 years old) has fallen in love with the Duke, who disguised himself as a poor student named Gualtier Maldè. Gilda is young and infatuated with this man and sings of the “caro nome”, the “dear name” of her new love.
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