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Rigoletto (1987)

The Duke lives the high life. The court jester taunts too well. Revenge has unintended consequences both times it is attempted.

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Victor Hugo (play), Francesco Maria Piave (libretto)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ingvar Wixell Ingvar Wixell ... Rigoletto / Monterone
Edita Gruberova ... Gilda
Luciano Pavarotti ... Il Duca di Mantova
Ferruccio Furlanetto Ferruccio Furlanetto ... Sparafucile
Victoria Vergara Victoria Vergara ... Maddalena
Fedora Barbieri Fedora Barbieri ... Giovanna
Bernd Weikl Bernd Weikl ... Marullo (singing voice)
Roland Bracht Roland Bracht ... Ceprano
Louis Otey Louis Otey ... Marullo
Rémy Corazza Rémy Corazza ... Borsa
Kathleen Kuhlmann Kathleen Kuhlmann ... Contessa di Ceprano
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maren McGowan Maren McGowan ... Page
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This summary contains the complete plot of the opera Rigoletto by Guiseppi Verdi. Rigoletto is a jester in the court of the Duke of Mantua. He has a hunch-back and he's rather unattractive, but he's good at his job of humiliating the courtiers for the amusement of the Duke. The courtiers, of course, are not amused. The Duke is a ladies man who feels his life would be meaningless if he couldn't chase every skirt he sees. In fact, we learn as the opera begins that he's recently been noticing a young lady every Sunday on her way to church, and he's vowed to have his way with her. What nobody realizes is that the girl is the jester's beloved daughter, Gilda, and that Gilda has seen the Duke every Sunday and is smitten with him. Suddenly Count Monterone appears at court, furious that the Duke has seduced his daughter. Rigoletto ridicules Monterone, the Duke laughs, and Monterone casts an awful curse on both of them. Later, the courtiers discover that Rigoletto is secretly living with Gilda... Written by Bill Anderson <billanderson@my-deja.com>

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 January 1992 (UK) See more »

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UNITEL See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.37 : 1
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Rigoletto is one of Verdi's finest operas.
29 July 2002 | by emurray-2See all my reviews

The cast for this production of Rigoletto is excellent. Edita Gruberova sings Gilda magnificently and passionately. Luciano Pavarotti also sings splendidly. Vergara is a fine Maddalena; Fedora Barbieri is a famous older singer who sings the maid, Giovanna. Weikl sings Marullo; Wixell sings both Rigoletto and Monterone. As Rigoletto, Wixell is probably the most convincing acting singer in this hard-to-beat ensemble of great singers. Kathleen Kuhlmann in the Contessa. All principals are well-known and world-renowned.

This is an exciting Rigoletto visually as well as musically.

I have it on both laser disc and DVD. You should have it too!


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