first 15 minutes of Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ a Mantova–squisito!

Rigoletto a Manatova--opening shot

During the past year, doing research for a novel with classic opera as a backdrop, I watched hours and hours of classic opera on film or tape. From the very first note of the live, simulcast ‘Rigoletto’ a Mantova (with its all-star cast including Plácido Domingo, Julia Novikova, Vittorio Grigolo, and Ruggero Raimando), you know you are in for something spectacular.  

Here are the first fifteen minutes of Verdi’s exquisite work (which adapts Victor Hugo’s gut-wrenching tale) via YouTube, and if you don’t adore opera, you will by the time you are finished watching this clip.  

Placido as Rigoletto

You’ll want to write home about the production values, the direction, the musical direction, the soloists, the orchestra, the conductor, the setting, the choral numbers, the cinematography, the costumes, the singing, the singing, the singing.   

Squisito!  

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