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Renaissance Italy has never been portrayed more opulently and more realistically than in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's film of Verdi's "Rigoletto", the composer's first true masterwork for the stage. Towering over the production is Luciano Pavarotti as the cynical, dissolute Duke of Mantua, one of the famed tenor's greatest vocal and dramatic roles. Rigoletto is magnificently portrayed by the Swedish baritone Ingvar Wixell. His beautiful daughter Gilda is interpreted by Edita Gruberova, one of the leading coloratura sopranos of the time. Director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, "whose stage and television work has brought a new and grandly colourful vitality to opera interpretation" (The New York Times), acclaimed Italian cameraman Pasqualino de Santis (Death in Venice) and architect Gianni Quaranta have created a spellbindingly unique atmosphere. Riccardo Chailly's vibrant interpretation of Verdi's score, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus responding magnificently to his conducting, is a perfect complement to Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's high-intensity retelling of the drama.

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  • Production Year:

    1982

  • Genres:
  • Age rating:

    6+

  • Audio Language:

    Italian

  • Subtitle Language:

    English

  • Country:

    Austria

    Germany

    Italy

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