Verdi: Rigoletto / Chailly, Pavarotti, Wixell

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Label: DG
Catalog: 0734166
Format: DVD

Conductor: Riccardo Chailly - Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic - Tenor: Luciano Pavarotti - Baritone: Ingvar Wixell - Soprano: Edita Gruberova - Bass: Ferruccio Furlanetto - Soprano: Fedora Barbieri - Choir: Vienna State Opera Chorus

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto

Gramophone Magazine June 2010: 250 Greatest Recordings of All Time
Pavarotti enjoys himself in Ponnelle's sumptuous film, but Ingvar Wixell is a blistering Rigoletto.
Filmed on Location in the Italian Renaissance landmarks, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's lavish production of 'Rigoletto' captures all the tenderness and tragedy of Verdi's heartbreaking drama. Pavarotti in his prime is the dashing, dissolute Duke of Mantua who seduces fair, innocent Gilda - a virtuoso performance by Edita Gruberova - away from her protective father, the hunchback jester Rigoletto, sung and acted with incredible pathos by Ingvar Wixell.

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