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Rigoletto (2 CD)

Item# 1000007777

Rigoletto (2 CD)

This complete live recording is taken from the Met's historic Saturday afternoon radio performances and is newly remastered from the original February 22, 1964, broadcast. This brand new multi-disc set represents its first official release on CD.

Robert Merrill, Roberta Peters and Richard Tucker ,  three American singers whose remarkable and enduring careers are inseparable from the history of the Metropolitan Opera, are reunited in this gripping performance of Rigoletto. With the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra conducted by Fausto Cleva, the cast also includes Mignon Dunn and Bonaldo Giaiotti.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: 8/16/11
Conductor: Fausto Cleva

Robert Merrill
Roberta Peters
Richard Tucker
Mignon Dunn
Bonaldo Giaiotti

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Sony Masterworks

One of the most popular operas in the repertoire, Verdi’s riveting drama was first seen in 1851 at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice. Together with his next two works, Il Trovatore and La Traviata, it formed the basis for the composer’s lasting success. For his new production, director Michael Mayer has moved the action from 16th-century Mantua to 1960s Las Vegas: “I tried to imagine a recent world that captures the decadence of the Duke’s palace, where the participants are in pursuit of power, money, and beauty,” he says. Las Vegas in the ’60s is such a world, where a kind of prankster energy could go bad.”

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