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Rigoletto 

Rigoletto, jester to the Duke, has made enemies of everyone at court. The men kidnap his mistress, unaware she is Rigoletto's daughter. When Rigoletto finds the Duke has used his daughter, he plans his own revenge, but it backfires.

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Brian Large
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Episode credited cast:
Louis Quilico Louis Quilico ... Rigoletto
Christiane Eda-Pierre Christiane Eda-Pierre ... Gilda
Luciano Pavarotti ... Duke of Mantua
Isola Jones Isola Jones ... Maddalena
Ara Berberian Ara Berberian ... Sparfucile
Richard J. Clark Richard J. Clark ... Monterone
Charles Anthony ... Borsa
John Darrenkamp John Darrenkamp ... Marullo
Norman Andersson Norman Andersson ... Count Ceprano
Betsy Norden Betsy Norden ... Countess Ceprano
Batyah Godfrey Ben-David Batyah Godfrey Ben-David ... Giovanna
Nadyne Brewer Nadyne Brewer ... Page
Paul De Paola Paul De Paola ... Guard
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Metropolitan Opera Ballet Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
James Levine James Levine ... Himself - Conducted by
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Rigoletto, jester to the Duke, has made enemies of everyone at court. The men kidnap his mistress, unaware she is Rigoletto's daughter. When Rigoletto finds the Duke has used his daughter, he plans his own revenge, but it backfires.

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Country:

USA

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 December 1981 (USA) See more »

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A wonderful Rigoletto
11 June 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I am a fan of opera and especially of Verdi. Rigoletto is one of my favourites of his, with music as good as Caro Nome, the quartet, Cortigiani, La Donna E Mobile, Si Vendetta..., Ella Mi Fu Rapita... and La Maledizione and the compelling story and characters(who are real bruisers to sing) you can't help being swept in the drama of it all. This Rigoletto is wonderful. The orchestra play absolutely superbly, and James Levine's conducting is lively and musical and doesn't plod too much(despite his apparent notoriety for slow speeds). The performances are truly excellent, Christianne Eda-Pierre is great as Gilda, shining especially in Caro Nome, the Quartet and the final duet between her and Quilico(Rigoletto). With his infectious personality and unique ringing voice, Luciano Pavarotti proves why the Duke of Mantua is one of his best roles, performing La Donna E Mobile with vigour, Questo o quella with playful zest and Ella Mi Fu Rapita with thoughtfulness and poise. Louis Quilico makes for a Rigoletto that is both malevolent and moving, complete with an outstanding Cortigiani and a blood-curdling La Maledizione. All in all, just wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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