M1500 .V48 R5 2006 DVD
Opera in three acts. Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, after Victor Hugo.
Filmed on location in Italian Renaissance landmarks including the Castello di San Giorgio in Mantua, the Piazza Duomo in Cremona and the Teatro Farnese in Parma, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's lavish production of "Rigoletto" captures all the tenderness and tragedy of Verdi's heartbreaking drama. Luciano Pavarotti in his formidable prime is the dashing, dissolute Duke of Mantua who seduces fair, innocent Gilda - a virtuoso performance by Edita Gruberova - away from her protective father, the hunchback court jester Rigoletto, sung and acted with indelible pathos by Ingvar Wixell.
Ingvar Wixell (Rigoletto) ; Edita Gruberova (Gilda) ; Luciano Pavarotti (Duca di Mantova) ; Victoria Vergara (Maddalena) ; Ferruccio Furlanetto (Sparafucile) ; supporting soloists ; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor ; Wiener Philharmoniker ; Riccardo Chailly, conductor.
Sung in Italian; with English, French, German and Chinese subtitles.
Distributed by Deutsche Grammophon (www.deutschegrammophon.com/dvd).