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  • Actors: Paolo Gavanelli, Marcelo Alvarez, Christine Schäfer
  • Directors: David McVicar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001URA638
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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. Contains nudity.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Extras: BBC documentary - Verdi through the looking glass
Director David McVicar talks about his production of Rigoletto
Illustrated synopsis of the opera
Illustrated booklet with biographies in English, French and German

Duke of Mantua: Marcelo Alvarez
Matteo Borsa: Peter Auty
Count Ceprano: Graeme Broadbent
Countess Ceprano: Dervla Ramsay
Rigoletto: Paolo Gavanelli
Marullo: Quentin Hayes
Count Monterone: Giovan Battista
Parodi Sparafucile: Eric Halfvarson
Gilda: Christine Schäfer
Giovanna: Elizabeth Sikora
Page: Andrea Hazell
Court usher: Nigel Cliffe
Maddalena: Graciela Araya
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Conductor Edward Downes
Director: David McVicar
Sets: Michael Vale
Costumes: Tanya McCallin

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Perlowski on November 27, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This 2009 Arthaus version of the 2001 Verona production with Nucci, Mula, and Machado is the same production as the more expensive 2002 TDK version which is listed below. [Arthaus Musik bought out TDK in 2008]. It is very good, and you probably should consider reviewing the comments for the TDK version, since they are just as apt for this much cheaper [but technically superior] version of the selfsame Verona opera.

There is a lot to like in this production. Inva Mula is a delightful Gilda, and Leo Nucci sings wonderfully as the jester, Rigoletto. Nucci's acting, however, leaves something to be desired; his big eyes seemed to be locked on the conductor instead of Gilda (more often than not) during his tender duets with her, although I would note that it's not likely that the thousands in attendance at this massive outdoor amphitheater--beyond the first few rows--would be able to notice what the cameras were able to pick up on film, and I would be remiss not to mention that the audience (quite deservedly) "required" them to encore one of Verdi's great duets, "Piangi, fanciulla," as it shifts to Rigoletto's vow of vengeance, "Si, vendetta, tremenda vendetta," at the stirring conclusion of Act 2. [Finicky note: I was also surprised that Arthaus did not see fit to fix the many English (subtitle) misspellings (primarily in Act 1) from the original 2002 TDK release].

I now own eight different DVDs of this opera, and my favorite--in spite of the hideous costume that Carlos Alvarez (Rigoletto) was required to wear--is another TDK (2006) release of a 2004 production from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tom c. on January 22, 2012
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Verdi's brilliant Rigoletto is an opera not to be missed ... and so is the magnificent baritione Paolo Gavanelli as the title character in this David McVicar production. The sound of his voice is truly awesome, and I find it a pity that this is the only opera DVD on which he appears. His acting is captivating as well.

Christine Schafer is wonderful as Rigoletto's daughter Gilda. Together, they display a splendid chemistry.

The duke is performed admirably by the ever capable Marcello Alvarez.

Normally, I'm not a big fan of Kultur releases ... in fact, I had to check and see if my copy was from Kultur, or the Opus Arte release also available through amazon (for 2 or 3 times the $). The video seems fine, although the audio is at times a little uneven (and this was also pointed out by another reviewer concerning the Opus Arte release as well).

However, Paolo Gavanelli's breathtaking baritone and Ms. Schafer's ever reliable and inspiring effort make this a favorite among the 30 or so operas in my collection.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Gillham on September 25, 2012
Format: DVD
Marcello Alvarez is about as harsh and unlistenable a bellowing tenor as you will find. Grates on the nerves like the cheap, ugly "chicken wire" fence that provides the visual focus for the production. Stark, drab, black/white "scenery" and costumes underscore the overdoing of Rigoletto as monster insect [canes attached to both arms as he "crab-walks" about the stage]. Gavanelli seems to have a good voice, but once you have heard Sherrill Milnes in the part, with his beautifully expressive voice, giving us a Rigoletto as flawed, but touchingly vulnerable, you will probably be unsatisfied with crude black/white versions. Is the director on an absurdly tight budget, or is he afraid that current morality might miss the point that the Duke and company are immoral?
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