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VERDI: Rigoletto - Royal Opera, Marcelo Alvarez, Christine Schaefer (DVD)
VERDI: Rigoletto - Royal Opera, Marcelo Alvarez, Christine Schaefer (DVD)

VERDI: Rigoletto - Royal Opera, Marcelo Alvarez, Christine Schaefer (DVD)

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Paolo Gavanelli (Rigoletto); Marcelo Alvarez (Il Duca); Christine Schäfer (Gilda);

Verdi's drama of revenge, in its stunning new production by David McVicar, is filled with some of the composers most celebrated music. Sir Edward Downes conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House with a cast which includes Paolo Gavanelli, Marcelo Alvarez, and Christine Schäfer.

"Bold and sensational..." (Gramophone)

"David McVicar, who has as much nerve as he has talent, takes this sordid tragedy and offers us the pleasure of rediscovering the great powers of opera..." (Diapason)

"... a remarkable Rigoletto ... a DVD that has to be in your collection." (International Record Review)

"The casting is first rate ... The extra features include a BBC documentary celebrating the Verdi centenary, with atmospheric shots of Busseto, doing for Verdi what Salzburg has done for Mozart." (The Penguin Guide)

Extra features

'Verdi through the Looking Glass' - BBC documentary. Illustrated synopsis of the opera. Director David McVicar talks about his production of Rigoletto.