Verdi: Rigoletto, The Metropolitan Opera

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Piotr Beczala was a perfect duke, singing with style and the smiling assurance of a guy who knows he looks good in a dinner jacket (Bloomberg.com)

Piotr Beczala as the Duke was a breezy, sleazy leader of the Rat Pack, a Frank Sinatra-type lurching from bender to hookup. His arias were winning and convincing … (Washington Times)

New DG signing, one of the greatest tenors in the world, Piotr Beczala, is the womanizing Duke in this new production of Verdis Rigoletto from the Metropolitan Opera.

Zeljko LueiƦ sings the title role and Diana Damrau sings Rigolettos daughter Gilda

This DVD release appears in the Verdi year 2013, as music lovers around the world celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Italys beloved composer

Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdis towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960 an ideal setting for this eternal conflict of depravity and innocence

[Piotr Beczala is] one of todays most exciting young singers . . . Tall, trim and handsome, with a Hollywood smile, he also emits some of the most beautiful sounds to be heard on the current opera stage. (Opera News)

Product Details

  • Actors: Piotr Beczala, Zeljko Lucic, Diana Damrau
  • Directors: Michael Mayer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • ASIN: B00BXHLM1K

Customer Reviews

Sensational "Rigoletto" at The Met

8 people found this helpful.
 on September 16, 2013
By james nicol
This 2013 production of Rigoletto at The Met in 2013 is simply outstanding….and the DVD is a worthy addition to any collection of opera DVDs. Set in Las Vegas in the “rat pack” era, the production values are just outstanding….and I have to confess to being an “old school” opera fan, not normally enamored with transpositions of operas into modern settings! This production, however, works brilliantly in every respect. Zeljko Lucic was simply superb as Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau was all quality. Her “Caro Nome” was a highlight. Piotr Beczala was, as always, perfect. In a word….crisp!

Please don’t lightly pass this by

83 people found this helpful.
 on October 27, 2010
By S. Hutton
An extraordinary performance, not to be missed. All the leads, even Florez, transcend their stardom to get down to their characters and the performance is faithful to the score. Wondrous is this. And real. And believable.

The new Rigoletto does work

One person found this helpful.
 on May 17, 2015
By Duane M. Timm
So many operas today are modernized; a new director has new ideas. Often it does not work, in the minds of many in the audience. Especially with the old “war horses” or “chestnuts” as they often are referred to. Rigoletto in Las Vegas? You have to be kidding! However, it worked.

A Dream Cast In Verdi’s Rigoletto–A Decadent Opera

3 people found this helpful.
 on July 21, 2012
By Barbara Binkley
Rigoletto is a truly great opera of Guiseppe Verdi, composed in the same period as La Traviata and Il Trovatore. It is most difficult to pull it off well. This performance done in Dresden is sheer perfection with a dream cast in a European production. Diane Damrau as Gilda, Juan Diego Florez as Il Duca and Zeljko Lucic as Rigoletto are all first rate. There is female nudity and a decadent elegance of the characters in bizarre headdresses that may be a turn-off for some. Juan Diego Florez plays against type here as the Duke Of Mantua. His angelic voice and genial spirituality is put to work here as tools for rampant seduction rather than the romantic heroism for which is known in the roles of my favored Gaetano Donizetti operas where he excels as Nemorino and Tonio in “L’Elisir d’Amore” and “La Fille Du Regiment,” respectively. Florez here is visually spellbinding and vocally untouchable. The chemistry between Florez and Damrau draws them together incredibly. Diana Damrau is a lovely, visionary and vocally apt Gilda. But it is Zeljko Lucic who commands and compels as the court jester Rigoletto. Spooked by a curse, (La Maledizione, the original title of this opera,) which frightens him, this Rigoletto’s pain is visceral as he resorts to the dispicable act of ordering the murder of the Duke which results in his profound loss. I’ve long pondered why Verdi allows the violated Gilda to sacrifice her life for the disloyal Duke when Mozart condemns Don Giovanni to Hell. Though Gilda loves the Duke with a steadfast first love, she knows, too, that a future life in Verona with her father Rigoletto would result only in more confinement for her sans love and marriage, making her sacrifice an easier choice. Damrau and Lucic perform Gilda and Rigoletto in the Metropolitan Opera’s new version set in Las Vegas which can be viewed in Live in HD in theaters on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

New Take on an old favorite

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 1, 2014
By Chemistry One
I liked this performance very much-particularly the Rigoletto/Gilda duets. The tenor was excellent.

PUTS THE WHOLE OPERA IN A NEW LIGHT — FOR ME ANYWAY!

9 people found this helpful.
 on December 13, 2010
By LES
Performances of “Rigoletto” (both on CD and DVD) are plentiful, and there are so many out there that it’s pretty difficult to decide on one definitive version. Most opera buffs will have several versions. I’ve heard and seen most of these CDs and and DVDs, and all of them have something to say in one way or another. That said, I’m just about ready to consider this incredible DVD performance from Dresden as the best one of the lot. The entire opera emerges as something fresh and new. A portion of this success comes from the tautness of the drama that is achieved by conductor Fabio Luisi. His pacing of the opera is compelling, dramatic, yet always beautiful. The three principal roles are taken by three outstanding artists —- opera superstars all. Zeljko Lucic, who’s already proven himself as one of the great Verdi baritones of the day (his Macbeth at the Met was extraordinary), is to me anyway, the greatest Rigoletto since Tito Gobbi (who recorded the opera with Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano in the legendary EMI La Scala recoding). He rages, he schemes, he contorts, and his love for his daughter Gilda is poignant and moving. Gilda herself has rarely appeared as lovely as Diana Damrau makes her. She’s a top notch coloratura soprano, yet never resorts to the “pecking” and “coo-coo” bird sounds that have plagued so many coloratura sopranos. She produces a beautiful legato line, especially in the beautiful “Tutte le feste”, where she tells her father about what was perpetrated on her. Yet at the same time, she has a florid technique which enables her to sing a perfectly controlled “Caro Nome”, with all the coloratura embellishments. It’s a masterful performance to set alongside such Gilda interpreters as Erna Berger, Maria Callas, and Anna Moffo (all three of whom made Gilda far more than the usual cardboard coloratura songbird),

IT WORKS BECAUSE OF A GREAT SINGING CAST!

4 people found this helpful.
 on January 23, 2012
By R. Olsavicky
First, I would like to state that I generally like “Traditional” Productions. Most new takes on a “Classic” don’t always work for me. Yet, every so often a piece is so well thought out by the director and cast that I can honestly say “My eyes have been opened.” This is such a production. In general it reminds me of the Pre-Nazi Germany of the musical CABARET. It works for me. However, what truly raises the “Ante” is an excellent singing and acting cast. Things in the pit are also great. The three leads all sing wonderfully and act naturally. They really dig into their characters. I also found the Sparafucile another new great bass voice with a sonorous low F. He also acts credibly. The sets especially in Act III work well. Damrau, Florez and Lucic are the best we have today for these roles; and are great even when compared to anyone’s ideal of a long past GOLDEN ERA! A dream Quartet for any era. Sure it’s Modern and creative but it works and works very well with both the music and the libretto.

I first saw this performance in the Live from the Metropolitan Opera series in the cinema and am glad DGG have released this per

One person found this helpful.
 on October 17, 2014
By RONALD CORK
This Metropolitan Opera production is set in 1960’s Las Vegas and the concept really works. I first saw this performance in the Live from the Metropolitan Opera series in the cinema and am glad DGG have released this performance on DVD. Diana Damrau as Gilda is in stunning voice and Piotr Beczala is a fine Duke in appearance and voice. Zeljko Lucic as Rigoletto has the perfect powerful baritone voice for this role and he’s an excellent actor. Michele Mariotti conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra superbly and is very considerate of the singers – You’ll really enjoy this “Rigoletto” I promise you.

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