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Verdi: Rigoletto / Downes, Alvarez, Schafer, Royal Opera House Covent Garden

Verdi / Alvarez / Schafer / Downes
Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 830  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Christine SchäferPaolo GavanelliMarcelo Alvarez
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Verdi’s drama of revenge, in its stunning new production by David McVicar, is filled with some of the composer’s most celebrated music. Sir Edward Downes conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House with a cast which includes Paolo Gavanelli, Marcelo Alvarez and Christine Schäfer.

Contains bonus documentary: "Verdi Through the Looking Glass" and illustrated synopsis of the opera. Production by David McVicar.

R E V I E W S:
"Tanya McCallin’s Renaissance costumes are particularly splendid...The cast is a strong one: Marcelo Alvarez makes a plausible and vocally stylish Duke...Christine Shäfer’s Gilda is cool but correctly sung, while Edward Downes’s conducting is
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- BBC Music Magazine

"…a performance of thrilling commitment on all sides, bespeaking long and productive rehearsals, and conviction among the singers that this is the way to do the piece. That happens all too seldom today in opera houses so Covent Garden is to be congratulated on achieving it and the BBC for preserving it on film."
- The Gramophone

"This may well be Rigoletto for our times. It is a driven performance without errors...on its own terms, it succeeds. It is beautifully recorded, visually and audibly. Downes offers a more massive and darker sonic palette than usual with well-judged tempi and ample support for the singers. Gavanelli's jester lacks mirth and paternal affection, but one must acknolwedge his ease in the role and his brilliant, ample baritone."
- Michael Richter, Opera Japonica

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Works on This Recording

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Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Paolo Gavanelli (Bass), Marcelo Alvarez (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 

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