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Verdi: Rigoletto -- Vienna/Chailly [DVD] [NTSC]

Ingvar Wixell , Edita Gruberova , Jean-Pierre Ponnelle    Exempt   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ingvar Wixell, Edita Gruberova, Luciano Pavarotti, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Victoria Vergara
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
  • Writers: Francesco Maria Piave, Victor Hugo
  • Producers: Horant H. Hohlfeld
  • Format: NTSC, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059QY2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,702 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a winner for Wixell 5 Aug 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I usually do not care for "movie" versions of opera, preferring a filmed live performance, but this one is most enjoyable, and has some standout performances.
Released in 1983, it was made on location in Mantua, with good cinematography in a pallete of browns and dark greys.
Pavarotti is the Duke of Mantua, looking strong and robust, but I must confess I thought his performance very one-dimensional, continually loud, and as an actor is much the weakest in the cast.
Edita Gruberova's Gilda is extremely interesting; she gets stronger in each scene, and I found her performance to be quite touching and wonderful. Her "Caro Nome" is one that I truly loved, full of sweetness and vulnerability, and delicate trills.
Ingvar Wixell's Rigoletto is superb, brilliantly portraying the many sides of the hunchbacked jester, from maliciously plotting revenge, to tenderly loving his daughter and the memory of his wife. His voice is rich and full, and he makes the most of Verdi's gorgeous score.
Victoria Vergara is a stunning and seductive Maddalena, and Ferruccio Fulanetto's Sparafucile is a creepy villain with very scary jagged teeth, and both are in fine vocal form.
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Vienna Choir and Philharmonic with great pacing, and this is a Rigoletto well worth watching, even for those who like me, are not "movie" opera fans.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every respect! 16 Sep 2001
By A Customer
I consider this DVD to be one of the best in my collection. This is a must have for anyone who likes opera shot on location. Making use of the visual splendour of the locations where the story actually takes place, shows the full potential of the medium DVD. That is why I also like the Bizet's Carmen version with Placido Domingo and Julia Migenes-Johnson, which has been shot in the beautiful scenery of Spain. This Rigoletto is also excellent in every other respect. The superb singing and acting (especially the acting of Ingvar Wixell as Rigoletto) do really make Verdi's drama come to live. The many famous melodies do the rest. Unless you really prefer the limitations of a theater performance, you will not be disappointed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Opera for your own living room 27 Mar 2002
By A Customer
I saw this production years ago, and it was so good, it has always been in my mind.
I was so delighted when I saw that it was available on DVD and snapped it up immediatley.
Rigoletto is certainly one of the best operas ever written, and this production shines, with all the top stars, Pavarotti, Gruberova and a superb Rigoletto (and Monterone) Wixell.
Superb singing and visuals make this an absolute must amongst opera lovers, and especially those who are curious about opera, have a look, this is what its all about!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This production is excellent for fans who do not mind the performances set on location, but disappointing for those like myself who prefer the drama of the theatre. Some of the outside scenes are, however, visually eye-catching, paricularly in the last scene of the final act. Gruberova is superb as always.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant Rigoletto 2 Dec 2010
This is a brilliant production of one of Verdis greatest operas. Pavorotti is at his best and Gruberova whilst lacking a little in the beauty needed to excite one as Rigolettos' daughter makes up for it with her voice and Rigoletto himself was absolutely stunning in both his singing and acting.
I loved the film version with its variety of sets, giving much greater scope to the producer.
Sound quality excellent.
David Stevenson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version of Rigoletto! 28 Nov 2009
I enjoyed this version immensely! Pavarotti is impeccable. And so are all the others. When it is a film version, you can enjoy much more than when it is on stage.
Do not miss it!
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