Giuseppe Verdiâ€™s Rigoletto
As beautiful as an opera performance can be it’s not exactly mainstream entertainment. I give GREAT PERFORMANCES kudos for presenting classical opera in a way which is more enjoyable to the casual fan. In September of last year producer Andrea Andermann and director Marco Bellocchio staged a production of Giuseppe Verdiâ€™s Rigoletto. They did it in Mantua, Italy, in the actual places and on the hours of the day as outlined in the libretto. The Sunday Times of London wrote, â€œWhat a triumph for the producer and the technical team.â€
Great Performances Rigoletto from Mantua airs 8pm, Thursday, July 21 on WOSU PLUS.
In this production tenor Placido Domingo stars in the title role of Rigoletto. He was a bit hesitant at first to take on the baritone role, â€œWhen Andrea Andermann invited me to interpret the part of Rigoletto, I replied that there were so many good baritones in the world who could sing it. But Andrea said that he wasnâ€™t looking for a baritone, but rather for the Rigoletto [that I] could bring to life.â€ And he does as only Placido Domingo can!
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For this production the RAI National Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Zubin Mehta. The opera is one of Mehta’s favorites, â€œIt is not only Verdi at the peak of his creativity but also a spectacular theatrical â€˜thriller,â€™â€ says Mehta.
Great Performances Rigoletto from Mantua, 8pm, Thursday, July 21 on WOSU PLUS.
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