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Rigoletto (1989)

Rigoletto, hunchbacked jester, plans to take revenge on his master, the Duke of Mantua.


Francesco Maria Piave (libretto by) (as Francesco Ma Piave)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Kraus Alfredo Kraus ... El Duque de Mantua
John Rawnsley John Rawnsley ... Rigoletto
Patricia Wise Patricia Wise ... Gilda
Miguel Ángel Zapater Miguel Ángel Zapater ... Sparafucille (as Miguel A. Zapater)
Eleonora Jankovic Eleonora Jankovic ... Maddalena
Lola Casariego Lola Casariego ... Giovanna
Ismael Pons Ismael Pons ... El Conde de Monterone
Mário Valdivieso Mário Valdivieso ... Marullo (as Mario Valdivieso)
Ángel Gonzalo Ángel Gonzalo ... Matteo Borsa (as Angel Gonzalo)
Fernando Balboa Fernando Balboa ... El Conde de Ceprano
Adriana Díaz Adriana Díaz ... La Condesa (as Adriana Diaz)
Jesús Valderrábano Jesús Valderrábano ... Un ujier
Carmen Aparicio Carmen Aparicio ... Un paje
Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid ... Themselves - Orquesta
Coro Titular del Teatro Lirico Nacional La Zarzuela Coro Titular del Teatro Lirico Nacional La Zarzuela ... Coro (as Coro del Teatro Lirico Nacional)


Rigoletto, hunchbacked jester, plans to take revenge on his master, the Duke of Mantua.

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Excellent production of Rigoletto
4 September 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I love opera and Verdi. Rigoletto is one of my favourites for many reasons the most obvious being the amazing music but also for the vivid and complex characterisation of Rigoletto and for the dark, moving story. This production is excellent, the orchestra are superb and play with intensity and ferocity particularly during Cortigiani and the final trio, likewise with the conducting.

The costumes and sets look beautiful and the lighting is suitably atmospheric particularly in act 3 while not falling into the trap of being too dimly lit(unlike productions of Il Trovatore I've seen). Staging is very effective, Rigoletto and Gilda are very tender and the meeting between Rigoletto and Sparafucile spine-tingling but I was most impressed with the staging of the Quartet, all very expressive and understated.

The performances are terrific. Patricia Wise is very good as Gilda, and while past prime Alfredo Kraus brings everything he is admired for(beautiful phrasing and ringing top just being two of these) to the role of the Duke of Mantua. Miguel A.Zapater is a sinister Sparafucile, but I have to give top honours to John Rawnsley's superb and very moving Rigoletto.

All in all, excellent. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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19 March 1989 (Spain) See more »

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