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Verdi - Rigoletto / Luciano Pavarotti, Ingvar Wixell, Edita Gruberova, Victoria Vergara, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Riccardo Chailly (1981)

G. Verdi , Wiener Opera Philharmoniker  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: G. Verdi, Wiener Opera Philharmoniker, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: July 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • Sung in Italian with optional Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese subtitles

Editorial Reviews

Luciano Pavarotti, Ingvar Wixell, and Edita Gruberova star in this Verdi opera filmed on location in 1981 in Italian Renaissance landmarks including the Castello di San Giorgio in Mantua, the Piazza Duomo in Cremona, and the Teatro Farnese in Parma. Ricca

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118 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous, horrifying film of Rigoletto March 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video is not Rigoletto at Verona, it is the opera produced as a film in Mantua, the actual setting of the opera. The town, the river, and the splendid ducal palace are the settings for what is really a gorgeous and thrilling production. In addition to Pavarotti as the duke, the cast features Ingmar Wixell as a superb Rigoletto and Edita Gruberova as an ethereal and convincing Gilda. The horrors of the story are powerfully and movingly played out through tremendous singing and a terrific production job. Fabulous, and haunting.
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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best opera on film ventures January 28, 2003
By Rosomax
Okay, first off, it's a FILM version of the opera, so one can't quite judge it by the standards of a recorded live opera. After being a devoted opera fan for over 20 years, I need to mention that ANYONE, not only "newbies" will enjoy it. What I immediately noticed was the fact that the opera score is here without omissions, a problem that haunts many attempts of making a good opera film. "Otello" or "La Traviata", for instance, are superbly staged, but they suffer from many scene omissions, which can be upsetting to the fans. Not the case here, at least I could not find any without having to retrieve my copy of the score and compare it line by line.
The absolute revelation for me was Mr. Ingwar Wixell. I've heard his voice many times, particularly on early Verdi recordings brought to life by Lamberto Gardelli. Well, here he sounds even better, plus he proves himself as one of the best singing actors I've ever seen. At the first scene at Duke's palace, Rigoletto is plain disgusting, no wonder Monterone curses him. By the way, Monterone is played by Wixell as well, and I was surprised by the sonority and great low register that his baritone is able to produce. Later, he's a obsessively loving father and a mischievous "vendicator". Loved Feruccio Furlanetto's Sparafucile! I could not believe it was him under all that makeup, but the pitch-black quality of his voice is unmistakable. Edita Gruberova has long been one of the world's leading high coloratura sopranos. Indeed, to be able to accurately negotiate Gilda's tessitura, one needs a spectacular high range. Sutherland also had that kind of high register, but Gruberova was a better choice cinematically, I suppose. Still, I wished for a subtler portrait of Gilda, but it had to do.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi's Adaptian of Hugo's Story June 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is an excellent performance of Verdi's "Rigoletto" based upon Vicor Hugo's "L'Roi S'Amuse (The King Amuses Himself) and is one of his finest operas. From start of finish this is a masterpiece. All the singers are well-polished and highly convincing. Ingvar Wixell's portrayal of the deformed court jester Rigoletto (renamed from Hugo's "Triboletto") in the court of Mantua was the best that I have ever seen. Pavarotti, who plays the Duke himself, is in top form as always (although such a pudgy Don Juan may seem slightly out-of-place, his acting is superb), and Edita Gruberova does as astounding job as Gilda, Rigoletto's daughter. The settings look genuine, the music is excellent and Wixell truly manages to capture the pain and humiliation of a man forced into being a fool by his deformities and social position. The history of the opera makes for an interesting study in censorship as well. Hugo himself preferred this opera to his own story that it was based on! The quartet at the end is partuclalry memorable and the murderer was so scuzzy and grungy looking that he was almost comical, although his deep bass was beautiful. Finely acted, visually appealing and great music. What more could one ask for?
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it before it goes out of print! June 29, 2001
By David
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This is a magnificent opera-movie version of Verdi's Rigoletto filmed on location. With Pavarotti as the lecherous Duke, Wixell as the hump-backed jester, and Gruberova as his pure and innocent daughter, this Rigoletto packs a punch. The singing is a delight throughout, as are the costumes, sets, and playing of the Wiener Philharmonker. If you're "opera curious" this would be an ideal place to start exploring this fascinating genre. While Pavarotti is known for his magnificent singing but stiff acting, in this production, he gives a terrific portrayal of the Duke. The ending with Rigoletto and his dying daughter is magnificent and beautifully and poignantly done. No matter how familiar you may be with this opera, it will seize your heart strings. The DVD visual and sound quality are superb. I hope more operatic works such as this will again see the light of day on DVD--this is the perfect medium for opera, the next best thing to being at the opera!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I'm not a real Opera Lover! November 25, 2009
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Real opera lovers are a wee tad finicky, as the one- and two-star reviews of this DVD demonstrate. Real opera lovers seem to have a Platonic Ideal of the opera in their cavernous consciousnesses, a template of what Joe Verdi intended, from which any deviation is risky. Real opera lovers don't take well to 'film' productions of their idolized operas. Even if they are now ultra-pecunious enough to sit in the orchestra, they recall their youthful evenings in 'paradise' (the highest balcony) as the best of their lives, and they need that distant, almost inaudible timbre in the tenor's voice to sustain their enthusiasm. Real opera lovers KNOW whose performance, attested only by repute or perhaps by a tinny recording, was sans pareil for all time.

Me? I'm just a guy who goes to the opera for the fun of it, and I'm ready to be pleased. I'm also a musician by trade, which leads me to cut quite a lot of slack for the professional sisters and brothers, and inclines me to care more about the sounds I hear, the music itself, than about the staging or acting. Yes yes, I know opera as an art aspires to totality, to the sublime unison of drama and music. But realistically, friends, the unison is most often imbalanced: wonderful music, dopey libretto. Can you earnestly argue otherwise? Particularly about the operas of Giuseppe Verdi?

Case in point: Rigoletto! The script is a squalid and improbable melodrama. Without music, it would be snored off the stage. Rigoletto is a horrid little beast, deformed as much in mind as in body, and he's more convincingly gullible than devious. The Duke of Mantua is an odious tyrant. Everyone in the cast is besotted with evil except Gilda, Rigoletto's cloistered daughter, whose purity of being must be taken on faith.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars what could be better? The setting was perfect
I wish I could go to 4 and 1/2 stars

This was a gripping, dark performance capturing the true nature of Rigoletto
and well, Pavarotti in the infancy of his career,... Read more
Published 4 days ago by william pflueger
1.0 out of 5 stars Lack of quality at Amazon
The cd didnot play and it is too much bother to return it for one that play. :(
Published 21 days ago by Per O fjell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Ysnerys Rodríguez.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like it
Published 1 month ago by D. Rogachev
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 1 month ago by Pat Weaver Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Pavarotti to Suit Me
I was never a Pavarotti fan despite his glorious voice. His presence just didn't affect me favorably. But here, as the horrid Duke of Mantua, he's abslutely perfect.
Published 2 months ago by Sonia S. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars I have this opera film on DVD. Realizing the ...
I have this opera film on DVD. Realizing the work is on film made in the 1980s, I hoped that a Blu Ray version would be in the 16:9 video format. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marc T Clasen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
returned, no sound!!!
Published 2 months ago by W.A.P. Thompson, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 Gold Stars
25 Gold Stars Wonderful, Fantastic. If you have 20 Rigoletto's add this to your treasure.
Published 2 months ago by John M. Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-known master piece
The magnificent voices of Pavarotti together with what must be one of the most delightful sopranos, Edita Gruberova, in Rigoletto, the splendid opera of Verdi, will provide you an... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jacob A J Taylor
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