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    Couldn't find a thread for this yet. It all seems interesting and the story and concept is nice, but I have a strong feeling that the actual performance will not live up to the originality of the production (like the met is so good at doing).

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    The met has been kind of reaching beyond it's grasp recently.

    I gotta say, Rigoletto has never been a fav of mine. It has some great high lights but I always get stuck on the story. The Count is a scumbag, Gilda is one of those women who always defend their abuser and Rigoletto is not just a Fool, he's a gulible idiot.

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    I'll wait till i actually see it to decide - my experience has been that when reviewers attend the very same performance I do they come away with vastly different ideas about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    I'll wait till i actually see it to decide - my experience has been that when reviewers attend the very same performance I do they come away with vastly different ideas about it
    Good thinking

    I sometimes read a review of something I've seen & wonder if the critic was actually at the same performance
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    Well, and we've talked about this before: reviewers don't seem to feel free to LOVE what they see. I guess so-called "professionalism" creates a barrier between them and the real operatic experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drpraetorus View Post
    I gotta say, Rigoletto has never been a fav of mine. It has some great high lights but I always get stuck on the story. The Count is a scumbag, Gilda is one of those women who always defend their abuser and Rigoletto is not just a Fool, he's a gulible idiot.
    But the scumbag, the gullible idiot, and his dimwitted daughter have such beautiful music to sing!

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    The interview conducted by Deborah Voigt with Diana Damrau and Zeljko Lucic (sorry, I'm too lazy this morning to look up all those diacritical markings) during yesterday's airing of Maria Stuarda spectacularly failed to find any compelling reasons to do those beyond "You know, Frank Sinatra, Sin City, get it?" Typical question: Debbie: "Does this new production shed any new light on the drama of Rigoletto?" Diana: "No, not really."

    Tee hee. I guess I am tired of Rigoletto anyway, having seen it in theater at least three times (Covent Garden, Dallas, Met) and listened to it on CD/DVD so many more, so think I will save my money and time. My favorite bar none is still Leonard Warren, although I quite enjoyed the Dresden Staatskapelle DVD with Damrau-Florez (bit light)-Lucic from a couple of years ago.

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    In 2011, our local opera company staged a production of Rigoletto that turned the Duke into a 1940s-era mobster boss. It wasn't horrible, but I can't say it was especially enlightening, either. The costume for Rigoletto looked as though it had been stolen from a hotel bell-hop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    In 2011, our local opera company staged a production of Rigoletto that turned the Duke into a 1940s-era mobster boss. It wasn't horrible, but I can't say it was especially enlightening, either. The costume for Rigoletto looked as though it had been stolen from a hotel bell-hop.


    Welsh National Opera's Rigoletto a couple of year's ago was set in the White House in the 1960s & the Duke was a President (mmm??). Rigoletto was disabled and had an iron on his leg like the polio victims of years ago. I only went because Simon Keenlyside was Rigoletto but it was awful.
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    WELL. I was sitting in the cinema last Saturday waiting for Maria Stuarda to begin - how early do you have to come to those things to get a good seat, anyway? I was there a good hour early and everybody looked like they had been there QUITE a while. Yeesh. But anyway. So I was reading my book, not paying much attention to the pre-game entertainment - they advertise Broadway shows, coming Fathom events, and whatnot - and at some point I glanced up and there was a guy on stage doing a comedy routine with some Vegas showgirls. He was obviously pretending to be an Italian opera singer - think the parody Italian guy from Gay Divorcee, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - and he had a cute little patter song and it was all very humorous and ironic and I was just waiting for bottles of Sprite or Coke or whatever to appear when it all gradually became thuddingly clear: that was Piotr Beczala, and this was Rigoletto. WELL. I am breathless with anticipation. My ticket is for the same date as the HD broadcast so I'll see the best they can do, anyway. I thought the interview with Lucic and Damrau mentioned above made it pretty clear that Lucic for one is disgusted by the whole thing and only going through with it for the money. Of course, with that face, it's hard to imagine him not disgusted by something - if he didn't speak like a diplomat I'd half think he must be wanted for war crimes in some Eastern European country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    Welsh National Opera's Rigoletto a couple of year's ago was set in the White House in the 1960s & the Duke was a President (mmm??). Rigoletto was disabled and had an iron on his leg like the polio victims of years ago. I only went because Simon Keenlyside was Rigoletto but it was awful.
    Yes, our favorite singers can compensate for a great deal!

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    The Met's new updated Rigoletto is apparently tame compared to some of the loony productions in Europe, Germany in particular . The New York Times article on the Met Rigoletto last week in the Sunday arts section describes a recent Munich Rigoletto where the characters were dressed up as Gorillas !

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    Oh, yeah, the "Planet of the Apes" Rigoletto. I'm trying to recall who the tenor was who sang the Duke when this production came out several years ago -- he's fairly well known. (No, not Kaufmann!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Oh, yeah, the "Planet of the Apes" Rigoletto. I'm trying to recall who the tenor was who sang the Duke when this production came out several years ago -- he's fairly well known. (No, not Kaufmann!)


    According to intermezzo the Duke should have been Joseph Calleja but he cancelled & Piotr Beczala sang instead.
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    I thought it might have been Beczala. It's given him an acute allergy to Regie, judging from interviews I have read.
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