Rigoletto (DVD) - Pavarotti, Levine

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Rigoletto (DVD) - Pavarotti, Levine
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Conductor: James Levine
Luciano Pavarotti, Charles Anthony, Betsy Norden, Louis Quilico
Orchestra and Chorus: Metropolitan Opera
Region: Region 0
DVD Menu Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German
Number of discs: 1
Label: Decca
Run Time: 125 minutes

This Rigoletto production was discovered in the Metropolitan Opera Archives and is available here for the first time.

Recorded in 1981, it presents Pavarotti at the peak of his career, supported by an outstanding cast that includes Louis Quilico in the title role, Christine Eda-Pierre as Gilda, Ara Berberian as Sparafucile, and Isola Jones as Maddalena, with Met Music Director James Levine on the podium.

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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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