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love at first sight,
This review is from: Verdi: Rigoletto [DVD] (DVD)
Well I suppose it is more love at first hearing. This is for Christine Schafer whose sweetness of tone, and portrayal of Gilda is the best that I have seen and heard. This is not to detract from the other two main characters, Alvarez is in his fine ringing tenor mode, and portrays a wonderful amoral Duke. Gavanelli is perhaps also the best Rigoletto, bringing home to me the characters dual standards in a way that I had not picked up before. The famous quartet is again absolutely wonderful, with the wide range of tonal qualities enhancing the different emotions of the characters.
The sets are somewhat spartan, but this does not detract as the acting of the support chorus aand minor characters overides any static scenery. The opening scene of the Dukes wild party makes others that I have seen look like a church outing. David McVicar is not always to everyones taste, including mine, but this is brilliant. I recomend