Claudia, The Opera Critic
age: 12 years

Worksheet

La Donna È Mobile  Women Are Fickle
Sung by the tenor, Luciano Pavarotti


This aria is from the opera Rigoletto by composer Giuseppe Verdi. 
It was first shown at La Fenice opera house in Venice in 1851.

Rigoletto is a court jester.  The opera is named after him.  Rigoletto's job is to make everyone laugh at the court of il Duca di Mantova - the Duke of Mantua 

The Duke is selfish and thinks that he can do and have anything that he wants!  He also thinks that it is very easy to make all women fall in love with him, including Rigoletto's daughter!  He is just so vain.

The Duke sings this aria to express his opinion that females are unreliable and false!

 


 La donna è mobile    Women are fickle
Qual piuma al vento   Like a feather in the wind
Muta d'accento e di pensier'.    Always changing what they say and think.