Verdi: Rigoletto (DVD) – Stephen Costello

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Verdi: Rigoletto (DVD) – Stephen Costello

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Stephen Costello, Vladimir Stoyanov, Mélissa Petit, Katrin Wundsam, Miklós Sebestyén, Kostas Smoriginas, Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger, Paul Schweinester, Jorge Eleazar, Wired Aerial Theatre, Bregenz Festival Choir, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Wiener Symphoniker
Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese (Bonus: German, English)
Number of Discs: 1
Region: All Regions
Studio: C Major
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2020
Run Time: 125 minutes; plus 29 minutes bonus material

Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto - compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful - is being performed for the first time on the Bregenz lake stage. Stage director and designer Philipp Stölzl, known for his successful productions at Salzburg Festival as well as music videos for the German band Rammstein, highlights the striking contrasts between spectacle and intimate chamber drama in his production of Verdi’s opera.

“Breathtaking, tight and thrilling arrangement, extremely beautiful. Philipp Stölzl delivers a superlative Rigoletto to Bregenz lake stage.” (Frankfurter Rundschau Online)

“The performance of the three main characters has been outstanding.” (Der Standard Online)

Rigoletto becomes a Hollywood spectacle on Lake Constance.” (Handelsblatt)

History

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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