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Verdi: Rigoletto / Nucci, Mosuc, Santi [blu-ray With Bonus Highlights]

Verdi / Nucci / Mosuc / Opernhaus Zurich / Santi
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 108057  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elena MosucPiotr BeczalaLeo Nucci
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House OrchestraZurich Opera House Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Giuseppe Verdi
(Blu-ray Disc Version with Arthaus Musik Blu-ray Catalogue)

Il Duca di Mantova – Piotr Beczala
Rigoletto – Leo Nucci
Gilda – Elena Mo?uc
Sparafucile – László Polgár
Maddalena – Katharina Peetz
Giovanna – Kismara Pessatti
Il Conte di Monterone – Rolf Haunstein
Marullo – Valeriy Murga
Borsa – Boguslaw Bidziski
Il Conte di Ceprano – Morgan Moody
La Contessa – Angela Kerrison
Usciere – Manuel Betancourt
Paggio della Duchessa – Martina
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Zurich Opera House Chorus
Zurich Opera House Orchestra
Nello Santi, conductor

Gilberto Deflo, stage director
William Orlandi, set and costume designer
Jürgen Hoffmann, lighting designer

Recorded live at the Zurich Opera House, 2006

- More than 130 minutes of highlights from 45 critically acclaimed opera, ballet and documentary productions on Blu-ray Disc - Arthaus Musik Blu-ray Catalogue

Picture format: 1080i Full HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Menu language: English
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean
Running time: 128 min (opera) + 130+ min (sampler)
No. of Discs: 1 (BD 50)

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VERDI Rigoletto Nello Santi, cond; Piotr Beczala ( Duke of Mantua ); Leo Nucci ( Rigoletto ); Elena Mosuc ( Gilda ); Lásló Polgár ( Sparafucile ); Katharina Peetz ( Maddalena ); Kismara Pessatti ( Giovanna ); Rolf Haunstein ( Count Monterone ); Zurich Opera House O & Ch ARTHAUS MUSIK 108 057 (Blu-ray: 128:00) Live: Zurich 2006

We need not spend much time with this Zurich Opera production of Rigoletto from 2006, it has already received two perfectly competent reviews here, Barry Brenesal reviewing the DVD format in Fanfare 32:5 and Andrew Quint the Blu-ray version in the same issue. Brenesal is a little more critical, finding the traditional sets rather substandard and some of the acting rather mailed in, with both of which concerns I concur. The music-making is generally fine, with tenor Piotr Beczala and soprano Elena Mosuc both sounding fresh voiced and providing fine singing. Leo Nucci, at 65 here, also sings very well for his age, though his voice has lost some of the rich baritonal timbre of his youth. Nucci has the annoying habit of often sliding up to notes before landing on them and some of his acting seems to be writ a bit large for the close-up cameras. I find Lásló Polgár’s Sparafucile especially effective here, and mezzo Katharina Peetz as his sister Maddalena also sings solidly. The Zurich orchestra under the experienced hand of Nello Santi acquits itself wonderfully in the rich Verdi score and the chorus sounds quite good as well. I did notice in the opera itself and a few of the bonus trailers provided that the Zurich Opera House acoustic seems to diminish the singing quite noticeably in favor of the orchestra in both sound formats provided. It does little good to provide the latest HD 7.1 sound technology if the recorded sound is poorly balanced to begin. Picture quality is amazingly sharp on this Blu-ray release.

Brenesal also comments on the less than ideal work of the video director in some of his choices of shots, but I must say I believe my colleague is picking nits here. By now, we are all children of the video era, be it television, theater films, or home video. All of us have grown up quite accustomed to processing what we are given in these formats and making it visually viable. Our cognitions seem to do it rather automatically without bothering us much. I have seen only a very few examples in my lifetime of visual editing that left me disappointed, frustrated, or queasy (one that did is the Bloomberg commercial that opened the Met HD telecasts; I believe they have changed it this year). Traditional theater cuts are nearly all restored in this Rigoletto production and I would agree with Quint that the set is easily recommendable, if the sound balance doesn’t put you off. There is no booklet provided (other than an Arthaus Blu-ray catalogue). All the relevant information is printed on the inside and outside of the plastic case insert itself. As I mentioned, there are video trailers for some 45 other Arthaus classical productions also included, some 130 minutes of highlights.

FANFARE: Bill White
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Works on This Recording

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elena Mosuc (Soprano), Piotr Beczala (Tenor), Leo Nucci (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 

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