Paolo Gavanelli (Rigoletto), Marcelo Alvarez (Il Duca), Christine Schäfer (Gilda), Eric Halfvarson (Sparafucile), Graciela Araya (Maddalena), Elizabeth Sikora (Giovanna), Giovanni Battista Parodi (Monterone), Quentin Hayes (Marullo), Peter Auty (Borsa)
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•VERDI THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – BBC centenary documentary
•Director David McVicar talks about his production of Rigoletto
•24 page illustrated booklet with biographies in English, French and German
PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 169 MINS
SOUND: DOLBY SURROUND/ DOLBY STEREO
“The casting is first rate, with Gavanelli well matched by the girlish Gilda of Christine Schafer (not previously known as a coloratura but admirably flexible) and the menacingly seductive Duke of Marcelo Alvarez. Edward Downes as ever is a masterly Verdi interpreter”
“McVicar's engrossing and perceptive production of Rigoletto at Covent Garden caused something of a stir because of the frank licentiousness of the opening scene, including sex of all varieties. It is a bold and sensational beginning...At its centre is the arresting portrayal of Rigoletto from Paolo Gavanelli...Christine Schäfer's Gilda...is particularly moving in the final act”
“A remarkable Rigoletto...a DVD that has to be in your collection”
“David McVicar, who has as much nerve as he has talent, takes this sordid tragedy and offers us the pleasure of rediscovering the great powers of opera”
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