Notes & Reviews:
New DG singing, one of the greatest tenors in the world, Piotr Beczala, is the womanizing Duke in this new production of Verdi's Rigoletto from the metropolitan opera. Zeljko Lueiae sings the title role Diana Damrau sings Rigoletto's daughter Gilda. This DVD and Blu-ray release appears in the Verdi year 2013, as music lovers around the world celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Italy's beloved composer. Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi's towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960 - an ideal setting for this eternal conflict of depravity and innocence.
Piotr Beczala was a perfect duke, singing with style and the smiling assurance of a guy who knows he looks good in a dinner jacket.
Piotr Beczala as the Duke was a breezy, sleazy leader of the Rat Pack, a Frank Sinatra-type lurching from to hookup. His arias were winning and convincing...
[Piotr Beczala is] one of today's most exciting young singer... tall, trim and handsome, with a Hollywood smile, he also emits some of the most beautiful sounds to be heard on the current opera stage.