Rigoletto (DVD) – Luisi

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Rigoletto (DVD) – Luisi
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
George Petean
Aleksandra Kurzak
Saimir Pirgu
Andrea Mastroni
Judith Schmid
Orchestra: Chor Der Oper Zürich
Choral: Opernhaus Zürich
Label: Naxos of America
Language: Italian
Subtitles: German, English, French
Region: All
Run time: 140 mins.

Here is Giuseppe Verdi’s time honored opera, Rigoletto, recorded live from the Opernhaus Zürich in 2014.

Originally entitled, The Curse, in 1851, it premiered in Venice to a packed house and has never ceased to entertain audiences to this day. This recording is no exception.

Verdi’s tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his cynical hunch-backedcourt jester, Rigoletto and his beautiful daughter, Gilda, who falls in love with the Duke and ends up sacrificing her life – a plot devised by Mantua – to save himself from assassins.

Under the baton of Fabio Luisi, the brilliant cast includes: George Petean, Aleksandra Kurzak, Saimir Pirgu, Andrea Mastroni and Judith Schmid, among others.



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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