Verdi's Rigoletto

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Saturday, August 06, 2011

Judging from the recent news influx of philandering men in power, we have to wonder if these guys have made Duke of Mantua their personal hero?  This handsome heart-breaker racks up enemies by the velvet handful in his lustful dalliances. However, this is no simple morality play and the playboy Duke doesn’t quite get the comeuppance you might expect. After all, this is called opera seria, not “Justice Opera."

It’s the jester who loses his smile, here. While trying to raise and protect his daughter, he brings ruthless mockery upon the nobility.  As his rage and jealousy lead him toward unsavory schemes, he ultimately pays an awful price.

Conductor James Conlon won praise for his Rigoletto at La Scala. It’s no small feat to bring a Verdi masterpiece before Italians at this world-renowned opera house. He shares this vision of the work with LA Opera and WQXR fans. Metropolitan Opera star George Gagnidze sings his signature Rigoletto on a stage crafted by director Mark Lamos.


Rigoletto - George Gagnidze
Duke of Mantua - Gianluca Terranova
Gilda - Sarah Coburn
Count Monterone - Daniel Sumegi
Sparafucile - Andrea Silversrelli
Maddalena - Kendall Gladen

CONDUCTOR: James Conlon
CHORUS MASTER: Grant Gershon

Comments [3]

larry eisenberg from new york city

What a pleasure to hear Rigoletto!
The opening's so allegretto,
Verdi's melodies soar,
Love to hear it once more,
Will do so and without regret-o!

Aug. 06 2011 12:05 PM

I have heard this wonderful Rigoletto performance last Saturday at WFMT broadcas and enjoyed it so very, very much, that I`ll listening this great treasure today as well! The Duke, Gianluca Terranova has such a voice, one must fall in love with! His Duke is just fantastic, exciting, loveable, interesting and modern! We can not get enough from this magnificent voice!! But all the cast is great, together with the great conductor, James Conlon! It would be wonderful, to be able to get a DVD from this fantastic opera enjoyment! Thanks a lot for your broadcast!

Aug. 06 2011 11:51 AM
Concetta Nardone from Elmont, NY

This opera is lurid. Yes, it has great music and I really enjoyed the telecast a few weeks ago with Domingo as Rigoletto. That was the main reason I watched.
Now Tosca is also lurid. But it is melodramatic and WONDERFUL.

Aug. 06 2011 09:18 AM

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