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Rigoletto


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Editorial Reviews

For Verdi, Victor Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse was "arguably the greatest drama of the present day." However many of his contemporaries were appalled by this tale of corpses, jesters, cripples and a king addicted to venal love. This no doubt explains why Rigoletto was Verdi's second great success and laid the foundation for his emergence as Italy's leading opera composer.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: C Major Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0094AH366
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,315 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The direction is also fantastic.
Abert
Based on this DVD of Rigoletto, I believe that the "Tutto Verdi" opera series will prove to be a magnificent tribute to the great Verdi.
Cynthia B. Hale
I was able to pick out some nice instrumental detailing, and the DTS surround really did give me the sense of a live performance.
John G. Gleeson Sr.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 6, 2013
I am a great fan of this Verdi masterpiece. Leo Nucci is about the best singer in the title role - there are numerous great Rigolettos, but Nucci not only sings the part, but also looks and acts the part to perfection. He has not less than three commercially available DVDs in this role over the years.
However, in THIS particular production, good old Nucci is finally blest with the most EVEN vocal cast, and the most superb period production.
We must count ourselves lucky having this video from Parma's 2008 production, of which I saw live that spring in my city, though unwittingly, I missed Francesco Demuro and went to Valter Borin's shows instead (hitting myself now).
Nino Machaidze was only about 25 or 26 in 2008 (may be even younger), and she is the perfect Gilda, even more convincing than Diana Damrau in the 2005 Dresden DVD with JDF.
I never considered Sutherland an ideal Gilda, not just visually but also vocally. Outstanding though she was in this sort of repertoire, she lacks just one bit of youthful vitality and bite in the earlier Acts. Similarly, the very capable Mariella Devia is a bit too full-throttled for Gilda (though she's the greatest Lucia of the last quarter of the 20th century). That Machaidze has since hardened her voice is nowhere to be found in this early performance, which is rightly considered perfect.
Francesco Demura is a very good Duke, but not yet perfect. Even so, his Duke works tons better than Juan Diego Florez's, and more elegant than Piotr Beczala's. At times, his phrasing and nuances are reminiscent of Alfredo Kraus. Overall, a suave and callous Duke of Mantua, full of youthful sexual energy. A very convincing protrayal it is.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John G. Gleeson Sr. on April 5, 2013
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Rigoletto was my very first opera recording, way back in late high school; it was a mono recording with Bjoerling, Peters, and Merrill. It captivated me then (I wore out the records) and it still does. Berger ("Verdi With A Vengeance") refers to it as a "miracle ... a dramatic masterpiece whose musical ideas unfold swiftly, seamlessly and furiously". The score is rich, with an overabundance of melodies which, when well performed, have brought audiences to their feet in theatres all over the world since its premier in 1851.

This performance is a tour de force from curtain up to the final curtain down; it is literally a nonstop roller coaster ride with brilliant performances from every singer, the chorus and the orchestra combined with a technically flawless DVD.

Recorded in the fall of 2008, just months after her huge success as Juliet in Salzburg, Nino Machaidze provides a Gilda that is stunning in execution. Much has been made of claimed lack of coluratura skills in the seemingly endless "this soprano vs. that soprano" debates, but, gentle reader, if there is anything missing in this interpretation, I don't know what it is. Musically and dramatically, despite hearing many Gilda over the years, I cannot recall hearing and seeing a better one.

Leo Nucci continues to amaze. Born in 1942 (!), his work in the C Major Tutto Verdi series is consistantly of a high level. Here he is absolutely spot on from start to finish: his is a rich and solid instrument, generous with the upper voice, with no sign of dryness or wobble. He totally deserved the outpouring of applause from the audience in Parma, which I have noted previously, is a really tough venue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Ferland on August 18, 2013
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I purchased this DVD based on the positive reviews, but primarily because my local opera company (PORT) will be doing it for its next production; and I wanted to re-familiarize myself with what I never considered to be among my favorite operas. Though I would still not put it there, I am now actually looking forward to seeing it performed live next July. The finale of Act II was so compelling that the audience was able to coax a well earned "bis" (encore). Bravo to all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia B. Hale on July 6, 2013
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Rigoletto is the first of the "Tutto ( Complete) Verdi" operas I have listened to. I was unfamiliar with the Teatro Regio di Parma where this DVD was recorded. I wondered what the other twenty-five Verdi operas produced in commemoration of Verdi's 200th birthday would sound like.

Based on this DVD of Rigoletto, I believe that the "Tutto Verdi" opera series will prove to be a magnificent tribute to the great Verdi. The production is at once powerful and beautiful. Leo Nucci's performance as Rigoletto is astounding. The rest of the cast, as well as the orchestra, are excellent. I look forward to experiencing more of the Tutto Verdi series in the future. I give this DVD five stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By donald t. halverson on May 23, 2013
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I have seen and heard many rigoletto performances over the many years that I have been an opera lover, this one is specia[,it is the best overall production that I have ever seen!!
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