Verdi: Rigoletto (DVD) – Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez

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Verdi: Rigoletto (DVD) – Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez

Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, Željko Lucic, Markus Marquardt, Markus Butter, Kyung-Hae Kang, Matthius Henneberg, Oliver Ringelhahn, Georg Zeppenfeld, Christa Mayer, Angela Liebold, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Director: Nikolaus Lehnhoff
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Number of Discs: 1
Region: All Regions
Studio: Erato
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2010
Run Time: 137 minutes

Verdi’s Rigoletto is the story of a court jester, Rigoletto, who works for the womanizing Duke. Rigoletto tries to protect his beautiful daughter, Gilda, from the Duke, but when the Duke’s courtiers find Gilda she is abducted and brought directly to him. Upon learning of his daughter’s abduction, Rigoletto swears vengeance on the Duke.

According to Das Opernglas, “Damrau caused a sensation [in the role of Gilda] with her immaculate coloratura, radiant high register and skillful breath control, enough on their own to place her in the forefront of interpreters of the role. But it was her capacity for filling each note with sincerity of spirit which made her portrayal so exceptional and drew ovations…. As an actress, Diana Damrau brought [Gilda] to life with natural grace and a sympathetic persona.”


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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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Not to be missed!

I love the Rigoletto DVD with Diana Damrau, Željko Lucic and Juan Diego Flórez. The production is beautiful and the singing is exquisite. Given that JDF has said that he will never sing the role of the Duke again, this is your only chance to see his interpretation of the role. Act I scene II in particular is the most beautiful execution of the caro nome scene I have ever seen. Not to be missed!

Penny, May 2013
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I loved it so much! Thank you Met Opera for making this available!

Jilly Cooke, April 2014
Familiarity: Less than 1 month Age Range: 55-64

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