Verdi - Rigoletto
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(Oct 31, 2006)
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As the Duke of Mantua, Marcelo Alvarez is a revelation. His interpretation of the role has deepened since his 2001 Covent Garden performance (also on DVD) where he is essentially arrogant and full of raging hormones. Here, he's all that and more: a demonic, cruel bastard. It's the best interpretation of the Duke I've seen. (If Rudy Maxa could hear Alvarez's sarcastic and bullying rendition of "Questa o quella," he'd stop using it as the bouncy theme music for his "Smart Travels" TV show! I'll never again be able to relate to that song as fun and frivolous.) Alvarez's tenor voice just rings out throughout the opera. He sings the bel canto-style "Parmi veder" beautifully, but we can still hear his self-centeredness underneath the sentiment. And he performs "La donna e mobile" right in our faces, as if the Duke knows this tune is destined to become an opera cliché. What a brute.
Carlos Alvarez is superb as Rigoletto. I've never seen a role so well-studied. He appears to have a specific intention behind every word, every note, every move. His voice is powerful and expressive. In "Corteggiani, vil razza," by the time he gets to "Give an old man his daughter back," our heart is breaking for him. His deformity is no longer wretched for us to look at - it's just his outward physical appearance. Inside, he's just another parent suffering over a child.Read more ›
Carlos Alvarez has a very focused, low baritone voice which unfailingly impresses and cuts through the orchestra, however the lowness of the voice seems to make the high notes come hard. For the most part, he executes them beautifully, without yelling or wavering. His acting is good and he is probably the most satisfying Rigoletto singing today.
Marcelo Alvarez was fine in this role as normal, although occasionally a little off his mark. When he got relaxed, he did some wonderful singing. He held a long note at the end of 'La Donna e Mobile' and the orchestra just cut right in on him. Bravo to him to try to make the show exciting and poo on the conductor for cutting him off. He of course, didn't get much of his deserved applause as the music was continuing on. He is heavy in this dvd and would look so much better with some weight off.
The Sparafucile was a little unsteady. The Monterone seemed pretty good but better in his second part than in his first. The Magdalena was very pretty but her voice had no focus or was quite small - it was lost most of the time she sang.
Now the sets and costumes: They are the real downfall of this dvd. They are just ugly. Rigoletto is made to wear a rubber head-wound thing that makes his head look all deformed and scabby. He also has to wear a complete upper body rubber suit covering even the arms which gives him both the hump and all sorts of nasty sores.Read more ›
The sets suggest a kind of abstract environment in which the Duke's court is a sterile, cold and cynical place where the Duke's numerous women are simply part of the furniture (almost literally) and the Duke's cynicism is played up as a result. Rigoletto's padded leather chair symbolizes both a sardonic imitation of the Duke's throne and yet a comfy home haven. The brutality of the people in the opera is emphasized.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is relatively easy to review a live performance because it is a one-off event and hence can be considered on its merits. Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by Archie (Ottawa Canada)
This could have been a great "Rigoletto". The orchestra, the singing, and the acting are all first rate. Read morePublished on May 18, 2008 by Steve Perlowski
I had high hopes for this Rigoletto. First of all, after seeing Inva Mula's excellent Mimi in Madrid's La Boheme, I expected very much. Read morePublished on May 28, 2007 by jjbraham
Over all, it's a good version of the famous Verdi's tittle. Among the cast, it shines with his own bright light the argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez, who gives a real singing... Read morePublished on January 29, 2007 by Gustavo Capurro
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