Verdi - Rigoletto
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We are in a period where directors far too often want to modernize the setting; sometimes it works, other times it is terrible misjudgement. Then there are productions geared to display a star performer. And so often producers/directors forget that if the composer wrote a work in the form of an opera, it was intended to be seen, so the acting, both visual and through the singing, is an important part of the production. This has, in the past, not always been given its due.
Well in this production, none of these failings are present. First, let me say, a composer wrote his opera for the stage, and that is where it should be performed. This production boasts a cast of uniform excellence, where the beautiful singing of Verdi's great score rates among the very best. But the performers, soloists and chorus have been directed to fully bring out the dramatic aspects as well, i.e., to act as well as sing. Musically, both chorus and orchestra are in top form, under a conductor who has a full grasp of the total perspective of the score, both musically and dramatically.
Sets and costumes cannot be faulted, and all is enhanced by excellent lighting design. All of this gushing is due to the fact that it is rare to find all the elements of an opera production at such a uniformly high standard and unified so that not one thing stands out and hits you as "not quite right", and nothing emerges above the totality to warrant special praise. There are operas I have reviewed with enthusiasm, but few have created the impression this performance gives (and it isn't even one of my favorite Verdi operas).Read more ›
Putting the bad aspects of this production apart I have to say that I was quite surprised by the tenor in the role of the Duke, a famous unknown (at least for me)polish tenor whose name is Piotr Bczala. I never heard of him before. Indeed I was very moved by his beautiful and powerful voice and the interpretation of the role, specially in my all time favorite: Parmi Veder le lacrime (Second act). This guy really rules even over an old Nucci who has his ups and downs all through the opera.
Elena Mosuc in the role of Gilda is OK, her voice is nice and sweet but a bit too small and, at times, you have the feeling that she is having troubles trying to be heard over the orchestra. However she does a terrific job in Caro nome.
The last act is, by far the best one since it does not involve the static crowd of the Duke's court.Read more ›
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I bought this disc for it looked great and would have modern sound. being Blur ray. Its pricing looked excellent. Read morePublished 13 months ago by V. Arni
Superb!!! Leo Nucci delivers a most-powerful performance!! A lesson for aspiring "Verdi baritones."Published 15 months ago by JHB-4
I loved this production from beginning to end. Leo Nucci as Rigoletto is a treasure; Elena Mosuc has it all- beauty, talent, and stage presence. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by jutta joines
For about the first 20 minutes or so, I thought that this opera was a parody, that some change of scenery, some *Verwandlung* would soon reveal this to be a production within a... Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Stephen McLeod
This production seems to me to be very static, and the singers might as well be doing this work in concert mode. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Htwaits
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