Verdi: Rigoletto (CD) – Ettore Bastianini, Renata Scotto

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Verdi: Rigoletto (CD) – Ettore Bastianini, Renata Scotto

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Ettore Bastianini, Alfredo Kraus, Renata Scotto, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ivo Vinco, Clara Foti, Matteo Guagni, Virginio Carbonari, Giuseppe Morresi, Silvio Maionica, Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Urania Records
CD Release Date: March 9, 2021

This 1960 edition, originally published by Ricordi, remains one of the top Rigoletto recordings thanks to the vocal cast and mainly thanks to Italian bel canto opera star Ettore Bastianini. Bastianini’s popularity has grown internationally, especially in the last several years. He is heard here alongside Alfredo Kraus, Renata Scotto, and Fiorenza Cossotto.

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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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