In Verdi's sensational drama Rigoletto, the composer reveals his lifelong affinity for touching, father-daughter relationships, in a story that also serves up over-the-top passion and appalling violence — all conveyed in music that careens vividly through its characters' conflicting emotions.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Verdi's Rigoletto in a production released from the archives of La Scala in Milan as part of the Verdi bicentennial celebration. Leo Nucci gives an overwhelming performance in the title role, with soprano Andrea Rost as Gilda and tenor Ramón Vargas as the Duke, in a performance led by Riccardo Muti.
Rigoletto: Leo Nucci (baritone)
Gilda: Andrea Rost (soprano)
Duke of Mantua: Ramón Vargas (tenor)
Maddalena: Mariana Pentcheva (mezzo-soprano)
Sparafucile: Julian Kostantinov (bass)
Monterone: Andrzej Dobber (baritone)
Giovanna: Tiziana Tramonti (mezzo-soprano)
Ceprano: Francesco Musinu (baritone)
Countess Ceprano: Nicoletta Zanini (soprano)
Marullo: Fabio Capitanucci(baritone)
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus
Riccardo Muti, conductor