Verdi's Rigoletto from La Scala

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Outside Teatro alla Scala, Milan Outside Teatro alla Scala, Milan (Fred Plotkin)

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

Comments [1]

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

My critique regarding today's, Saturday December 7th, 2013, MET OPRERA radio broadcast live which concluded vat 3:45 PM:
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, 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 04:51 PM

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