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Verdi: Rigoletto / Levine, Chernov, Studer, Pavarotti, Et Al


Release Date: 10/20/1998 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 447064   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cheryl StuderLuciano PavarottiRoberto ScandiuzziDenyce Graves,   ... 
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera ChorusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

RIGOLETTO is a masterpiece of Verdi's early mid-career, when his aim was to shake the opera world with works of visceral force based on unpretty, seemingly unoperatic subjects. It tells a lurid tale of sexual libertinism, deceit and murder, centering on the hunchback Rigoletto, who is not a noble character. Even the most beloved of its arias, "La Donna e mobile," disdainfully rips womankind. Of course this is the young Verdi in full flower, the unpleasantness is brilliantly calculated and it's all delivered with unforgettable impact.
In this performance we have James Levine and his Metropolitan Opera forces, a cast led by Vladimir Chernov in the title role, Cheryl Studer as Gilda and Luciano Pavarotti as the Duke for the third time on
Read more record. With such players you'd expect knowing competence, and you get it. Chernov has a beautiful baritone, lacking just a measure of malevolence. Studer is lovely and moving in a role for which she is not known, and Pavarotti holds his substantial own in a role for which he is. The sound is excellent, both full and detailed. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Roberto Scandiuzzi (Bass),
Denyce Graves (Mezzo Soprano), Jane Shaulis (Soprano), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass),
Dwayne Croft (Baritone), Paul Groves (Tenor), Yannis Yannissis (Bass),
Heidi Grant Murphy (Soprano), Robert Maher (Baritone), Elyssa Lindner (Mezzo Soprano),
Vladimir Chernov (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 115 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Rigoletto / Preludio: Preludio
Rigoletto / Act 1: Della mia bella incognita borghese (Duca, Borsa)
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Questa o quella" (Ballata) (Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Partite? ... Crudele!" - "In testa che avete, Signor di Ceprano" (Duca, Contessa di Ceprano / Rigoletto, Borsa, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Gran nuova! Gran nuova! (Marullo, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Ah, più di Ceprano (Duca, Rigoletto, Ceprano, Borsa, Marullo, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Ch'io gli parli (Monterone, Duca, Borsa, Rigoletto, Marullo, Ceprano, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Duetto. "Quel vecchio maledivami!" (Rigoletto, Sparafucile)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Recitativo e Duetto. "Pari siamo!... io la lingua"(Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Figlia!" / "Mio padre!" (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Già da tre lune son qui venuta" - "Olà?" / "Signor?" (Gilda, Rigoletto / Rigoletto, Giovanna)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Ah, veglia, o donna, questo fiore (Rigoletto, Gilda, Giovanna, Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Scena e Duetto. "Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi" (Gilda, Giovanna, Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 1: "E il sol dell'anima"
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Che m'ami, deh! ripetimi" - "Addio... speranza ed anima" (Duca, Gilda, Ceprano, Borsa, Giovanna)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Scena ed Aria. "Gualtier Maldè ... Caro nome..." - "+ là..." / "Miratela" (Gilda / Borsa, Ceprano, Coro, Marullo)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Scena e Coro - Finale I. "Riedo!... perché?" / "Silencio...all'opra" (Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Marullo)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Zitti, zitti, moviamo a vendetta (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Gilda, Rigoletto, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Ella mi fu rapita! (Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Parmi veder le lagrime (Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 2: "Duca, Duca! L'amante fu rapita a Rigoletto" / "Ebben?" (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Duca, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Possente amor mi chiama (Duca, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Scena ed Coro: "Povero Rigoletto!" (Marullo, Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Paggio, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Scena e Duetto: "Mio padre!" / "Dio! Mia Gilda!" (Gilda, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Tutte le feste al tempio (Gilda, Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Ah! Solo per me l'infamia (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Rigoletto / Act 2: "Ah! piangi, fanciulla" / "Padre, in voi parla un angiol" (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Rigoletto / Act 2: "Schiudete! ire al carcere" - "Poiché fosti invano da me maledetto" (Usciere / Monterone, Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 2: "Sì vendetta" / "O mio padre" (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Rigoletto / Act 3: "E l'ami?" / "Sempre" (Rigoletto, Gilda, Duca, Sparafucile)
Rigoletto / Act 3: "La donna è mobile" - "E là il vostr'uomo" (Duca / Sparafucile, Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 3: Quartetto. "Un dì, se ben rammentomi" (Duca, Gilda, Maddalena, Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 3: Bella figlia dell'amore (Duca, Maddalena, Gilda, Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 3: "M'odi, ritorna a casa" - "Venti scudi, hai tu detto?" (Rigoletto, Gilda / Rigoletto, Sparafucile)
Rigoletto / Act 3: "Maddalena?" / "Aspettate" (Duca, Maddalena, Sparafucile)
Rigoletto / Act 3: + amabile invero cotal giovinotto (Maddalena, Sparafucile, Gilda)
Rigoletto / Act 3: Della vendetta alfin giunge l'istante (Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 3: Chi è mai, chi è qui in sua vece? (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Rigoletto / Act 3: "V'ho ingannato"

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