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Verdi: Rigoletto / Downes/Royal Opera, Alvarez, Gavanelli, Schafer [DVD]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Verdi's drama of revenge, in its stunning new production by David McVicar, is filled with some of the composer's most celebrated music. Sir Edward Downes conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House with a cast, which includes Paolo Gavanelli, Marcelo Alvarez and Christine Schafer.

Verdi's drama of revenge in its stunning new production by David McVicar is filled with some of the composer's most celebrated music. Sir Edward Downes conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House with a cast which includes Paolo Gavanelli Marcelo Alvarez and Christine Schäfer.

"This may well be Rigoletto for our times. It is a driven performance without errors but without grace or beauty. The production is brutal with full frontal nudity illustrating the depravity of the Mantuan court. Sets are stark and brutal, movements are exaggerated and explicit. Yet, on its own terms, it succeeds. It is beautifully recorded, visually and audibly... The story of Rigoletto is brutal. If the beauty and romance of Verdi's score are diminished, this recording makes its violence explicit." - Michael Richter, Opera Japonica

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 170 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby 2.0, Dolby 5.1
Subtitles: English



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
  • Performers: Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor); Paolo Gavanelli (Baritone); Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851