Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A TV Production Of Verdi’s Rigoletto (1982)

Luciano Pavarotti stars in Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto in a 1982 TV production by Jean Pierre Ponelle; in the background is the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Riccardo Chailly. This opera is in three acts, with the music by Giuseppe Verdi and the Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo. It premiered at La Fenice in Venice on March 11, 1851. It remains a standard of the opera repertoire. The synopsis can be found here.
Cast (in order of credits)

Ingvar Wixell: Rigoletto / Monterone
Edita Gruberova: Gilda
Luciano Pavarotti: Il Duca di Mantova
Ferruccio Furlanetto: Sparafucile
Victoria Vergara: Maddalena
Fedora Barbieri: Giovanna
Bernd Weikl: Marullo (singing voice)
Roland Bracht: Ceprano
Louis Otey: Marullo
Rémy Corazza: Borsa
Kathleen Kuhlmann: Contessa di Ceprano
This production from Unitel, the German media company, was released on disc in 1992,