COOKIE Soprano – Talk-show host. She is affable, enthusiastic, sincerely interested in her guests’ problems, and always in control, even when shocked by a revelation or forced to be stern.
STUDIO Soprano – A representative member of the studio audience, she is inclined to be judgmental, impatient, sharp-tongued, not easily fooled.
AUDIENCE Mezzo – Another audience member, she is empathetic and supportive, has probably read many self-help books.
GILDA Coloratura – About twenty, both innocent and ignorant, dressed in 16th century costume, she feels devotion, infatuation, and sorrow with equal intensity. She is from another time.
DUKE Tenor – Dashing, conceited, shallow, he happily pursues pleasure, unaware of the consequences of his actions.
RIGOLETTO Baritone – Hunchbacked, twisted in body and spirit, dressed in standard jester garb, he feels oppressed by society, fate, and his own melancholy. His only power is his anger.
STUDIO and AUDIENCE can be divided among more than two singers. Also, several non-singing performers can play additional members of the studio audience and react verbally ad lib at appropriate moments during the opera.
Piano only or
Chamber orchestration: flute, oboe, clarinet bassoon, trumpet, piano, strings
Combo orchestration: clarinet, trumpet, bass, piano