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  • Actors: Marcelo Alvarez, Roberto Servile, Inva Mula
  • Directors: Gianfranco Fozzi
  • Writers: Francesco Maria Piave
  • Producers: Pietroni Guido, De Santis Maurizio
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AAVDGK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,053 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece RIGOLETTO is brilliantly brought to life in this unique production of the beloved opera, performed under the stars of Siena, Italy, by Roberto Servile, Inva Mula (The Fifth Element), Marcelo Alvarez and the Toscanini Foundation Orchestra, conducted by Keri Lynn Wilson and costumes by renowned fasion designer, Vivienne Westwood. In the 1550's Mantua, the Duke (Alvarez), a celebrated ladies man, seduces Gilda (Mula), the beautiful daughter of his sharp-tongued jester, Rigoletto (Servile). Vowing revenge, her furious father hires Sparafucile, a notorious assassin, to avenge his family's honor, a decision that will end in tragedy for all.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. Markham on 25 April 2010
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Don't be confused by the title. This is a complete and excellent performance of the opera 'Rigoletto' by Verdi. It is an open-air performance in the Piazza del Campo in Siena on what appears to be a temporary stage. As a result of this there are some limitations compared to what one would expect from a performance recorded in an opera house, and for this reason I have witheld one star. However, the drawbacks are relatively minor and the strengths of this performance are great. Firstly the sound is excellent, particularly well done considering this was recorded in the open air. The principals are all individually miked which helps immensely and the orchestra is also very well recorded. There are some slight problems in multi-vocal sections, notably the great Act III quartet where the balance between the voices is not always ideal, but these are relatively minor problems. The opera is also very well filmed, the only occasional drawback is that in very close face shots the makeup which was clearly designed for being seen at a distance by the open-air audience is far too crude for close examination. This is unfortunately particularly bad on Rigoletto, especially as he has a false bald section, under which his microphone is secreted, and all this shows up very clearly in close-up. Nevertheless none of these minor problems detract from the immense success of the performance as a whole.

The music is just excellent. The orchestra plays very well but the great strength of the performance lies with the principals. A cast of first-rate international singers has been assembled for this production, all of whom are highly experienced in performing these particular roles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Derek Vernon-morris on 10 Oct. 2010
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The Opera is performed at night in the very impressive Plazza del Campo,Siena, on a partly open air stage with sets designed by Alberto Andreis. After clever daylight lead in shots during the short Overture, the court of the Duke of Mantua opens in a colourful celebration with costumes designed by Vivienne Westwood. Marcelo Alvarez (tenor) is in fine voice as the Duke expressing his passing delight in many beautiful women, compared to the love he feels for one not at court. In contrast to the blue feathers, large red check tunics, and striped tights evoking the splendour of 16th century Italy, the Duke's costumes tend to be simple black and white.
Roberto Serville (barritone) acts his Rigoletto hunchback deformities very well, better than his humour as Court Jester. Although under an improbable curse from an offended Noble man, he seems to labour the dramatic Verdi arias as he expresses concern for his daughter's safety and purity. Inva Mula (soprano)sings beautifully as Gilda his daughter already secretly in love with the Duke. Her beautiful elegant white dress is exchanged for an exciting red creation in later scenes when her innocence and purity may have been compromised.
Andrea Silvestrelli (bass) plays the assassin Sparafucile, hired by Rigoletto to kill the Duke, with villainous gusto, aided by his seductress sister (Svetlana Sedar)(mezzo soprano).
Verdi contrasts the well known Aria "la donna mobile" sung by the Duke in disguise, expressing the fickleness of women, with the true love of Gilda, who also in disguise, gives her life in place of his, during the last act.
As this is an excellently filmed version of a stage performance, there is applause, and breaks between the Acts, when Keri Lynn Wilson can be viewed, conducting the Toscanini Foundation Orchestra.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steffen Torsnes on 9 May 2010
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It is interesting to notice that opinions differ so much regarding this DVD. I fully agree with those reviewers giving a high rating. I have had this DVD for some time, and I think it is the most valuable item in my collection of operas. For me the music sounds excellent all over. Great acting as well. Maddalena in the 3rd act is brilliant. Highly recommended.
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I will start with the good points, Alvarez is at his best, Inva Mula is an absolutely delightful Gilda, of all my versions the only one better is her performance on the Grab Teatro De Liceau production. Servile has not the best voice I have heard, his thick voice is not to my liking. The double act of Silvestrelli and Serdar are up to standard, Serdars Maddalena only being bettered by Suragladze on Gran teatre De Liceau.
The sets on this open air stage are good but not spectacular, and the costumes leave something to be desired, for example the courtiers seem to be dressed in football shirts.
The heavy stage make up does not stand the scrutiny of the close up cameras.
Just a note on the plot, The double standards of Rigoletto and his attitude to Monterones daughter are not brought out, this does make the curse rather incongruous, particularly if you are not too conversant with the plot.
If you want the best Rigoletto singer try Gavanelli. Alvarez is on so many versions, the choice is open. For Gilda, this one or her other version as mentioned previously.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "classicenglishman" on 11 Jan. 2006
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“La donna è mobile”conquered the worldwide public. This original Rigoletto Story produced by the italian Roadhouse is one of Verdi masterpiece. A great number of Opera Stars such Roberto Servile Inva Mula and Marcelo Alvarez accured for this production in th wonderfull Campo of Siena.
Th musique played by the beautifull Toscanini Foundation Orchestra conducted by the young and talented Keri Lynn Wilson.Costumes are made by the famouse fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. The video and audio quality is good. The book comic inside is well done and a young original idea for an Opera. Finally a young and beautifful opera.
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