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5.0 out of 5 stars a winner for Wixell, 5 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Rigoletto: The Wiener Philharmoniker (Chailly) [VHS] (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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Initial post: 27 Jul 2011, 00:17:03 BST
you write as if you know something. you don't. it's only your opinion. to say that pavarotti is the weakest in the cast is just nonsense. there are few opera singers who can act anyway and he is certainly no less of an actor than any other opera singer i've seen. there is only one who it could be claimed can act and that is ruggero raimondi. domingo can't. pavarotti however had the voice from god and conveyed everything with it. such expression and beauty. he's wonderful in this and that's my opinion.
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