Verdi's Rigoletto from the Metropolitan Opera

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Piotr Beczala as the Duke in Verdi's 'Rigoletto' Piotr Beczala as the Duke in Verdi's 'Rigoletto' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

To celebrate Verdi’s bicentennial, at 9 pm Thursday hear an encore performance of Rigoletto from the Metropolitan Opera.

In this production from last season, Verdi's Rigoletto, set in 16th century Mantua, is moved to Las Vegas during the 1960s. Željko Lucic sings the title role and Diana Damrau is his beautiful daughter, who falls under the spell of Piotr Beczala’s womanizing Duke. Michael Mayer, best known for his work on Broadway musicals including Spring Awakening, directs this dramatic updating.

Cast:

Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Gilda: Diana Damrau
Maddalena: Oksana Volkova
Duke of Mantua: Piotr Beczala
Rigoletto: Željko Lucic
Sparafucile: Stefan Kocán

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Regarding today's---Sat. Dec. 7th, 2013 MET OPERA BROADCAST, WHICH CONCLUDED AT 3:45 PM-- this is my critique:
KUDOS to the Rigoletto DMITRI HVOROVSTOVSKY who is a quadruple threat, with a great voice, stunningly virile physique, good musicianship and believable depth in his dramatic concept and execution of his role and to the Sparafucile STEFAN KOCAN whose remarkable protracted low F in his business-like confrontation exhorting his "services" to Rigoletto in Act 1 received a deserved acclamation. The Duke MATTHEW POLENZANI has an appropriately light lyric tenor voice with the acuti, high notes, secure and pleasant sounding. But in this role his singing is not of the exciting caliber of the greats singing the Duke, Caruso, Bjoerling, Del Monaco, Corelli and Pavvarotti. The maestro PABLO HERAS-CASADO most effectively communicated Verdi's score, unlike the what we have seen of the bastardization of the setting and dress as expressed by PIAVE. What if we went to Paris' LOUVRE ART MUSEUM and saw a substitution for the LEONARDO DA VINCI MONA LISA an updated modern version!!! I in my earliest years sang the Duke but I am now a romantischer Wagnerian heldentenor. On St. Valentine's Day, Friday February 14, 2014, my TEN DVD SET of "The 300 Greatest Love Songs of Broadway Musicals, Movies and the Grammys" recorded in ten live concerts will be obtainable. My website is www.WagnerOpera.com, where one may download, free, at RECORDED SELECTIONS 37 out of the nearly 100 selections that I have sung in 4 three-hour-long solo concerts in CARNEGIE HALL'S ISAAC STERN AUDITORIUM.

Dec. 07 2013 04:40 PM

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