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Verdi: Rigoletto / Luisi, Petean, Kurzak, Pirgu

Release Date: 01/27/2015 
Label:  Accentus   Catalog #: 203  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Valeriy MurgaSaimir PirguAleksandra KurzakGeorge Petean,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Grand festivities are held at the court of the Duke of Mantua. But the community which enjoys itself no longer knows values and amuses itself out of deadly boredom. The most cynical of all is court jester Rigoletto. He only wants to protect his daughter Gilda against the depraved world. He prohibits her everything the young woman, however, goes her own way. We present Giuseppe Verdi's popular opera Rigoletto live from the Opernhaus Zürich.

Giuseppe Verdi

Il Duca di Mantova - Saimir Pirgu
Rigoletto - George Petean
Gilda - Aleksandra Kurzak
Sparafucile - Andrea Mastroni
Maddalena - Judith Schmid
Giovanna - Julia Riley
Il Conte di Monterone - Valeriy
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Marullo - Cheyne Davidson
Borsa - Dmitry Ivanchey
Il Conte di Ceprano - Yuriy Tsiple
La Contessa di Ceprano - Deanna Breiwick
Paggio della Contessa - Dara Savinova
Usciere - Roberto Lorenzi

Zurich Opera House Chorus
Philharmonia Zürich (Zurich Opera House Orchestra)
(chorus master: Ernst Raffelsberger)
Fabio Luisi, conductor

Tatjana Gürbaca, stage director
Klaus Grünberg, set and lighting designer
Silke Willrett, costume designer

Recorded live at the Zurich Opera House, June 2014

- Tatajana Gürbaca and Fabio Luisi in conversation with Claus Spahn

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English, French
Running time: 124 mins (opera) + 15 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9) Read less

Works on This Recording

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Valeriy Murga (Baritone), Saimir Pirgu (Tenor), Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano),
George Petean (Baritone), Andrea Mastroni (Bass), Judith Schmid (Alto),
Cheyne Davidson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Eurotrash Production February 16, 2015 By David R. (Denver, CO) See All My Reviews "I was attracted to this DVD by the cast, which includes some wonderful singers, including Aleksandra Kurzak. Of course I noticed the modern-dress picture on the cover, but that didn't put me off; modern-dress productions can be powerful and revelatory. Not this one, though; this is one of the most stupid and pointless pieces of Eurotrash I have ever seen. The singing and playing are fine, however, and since this DVD is about as cheap as a two-disc CD set, you could enjoy it for the sound alone, if you put it in your DVD player that is hooked up to your speakers and turn your TV off. I wouldn't turn the TV on if I were you. It's too appalling." Report Abuse
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