Rigoletto (DVD) - Wixell, Pavarotti, Gruberova

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Rigoletto  (DVD)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Release Date: Jul 04, 2006

Ingvar Wixell
Luciano Pavarotti
Edita Gruberova

Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Region: Region Free, Worldwide

This 1981 production of Verdi’s Rigoletto features  Luciano Pavarotti as the Duke of Mantua, internationally acclaimed soprano Edita Gruberova as Gilda, and the superb  Ingvar Wixell as Rigoletto. Riccardo Chailly conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker

This gorgeous production was filmed on location in Italy, providing atmospheric settings of Italian Renaissance landmarks including the Castello di San Giorgio in Mantua, the Piazza Duomo in Cremona, and the Teatro Farnese in Parma.

“Not to be missed” - The New York Times

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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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