Verdi’s Rigoletto from Italy's Royal Theater

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In Verdi's sensational drama Rigoletto, he reveals his lifelong affinity for touching, father-daughter relationships, yet does so in a story that also serves up over-the-top passion and appalling violence — all conveyed in music that careens vividly through its characters' wildly contrasting emotions.

This production from the Teatro Regio, or Royal Theater, in Turin, Italy, stars baritone Giovanni Meoni in the title role, with soprano Desirée Rancatore as Gilda and tenor Piero Pretti as the Duke of Mantua.

Cast:

Conductor: Daniele Rustioni

Rigoletto: Giovanni Meoni (baritone)

Gilda: Desirée Rancatore (soprano)

Duke of Mantua: Piero Pretti (tenor)

Maddalena: Irini Karaianni (mezzo-soprano)

Sparafucile: Alessandro Guerzoni (bass)

Monterone: Ziyan Atfeh (bass)

Giovanna: Maria Di Mauro (mezzo-soprano)

Ceprano: Davide Motta Fré (baritone)

Countess Ceprano: Ivana Cravero (mezzo-soprano)

Merullo: Armando Gabba (baritone)

Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus