Wow. Just watched a YouTube clip from the live broadcast of Rigoletto, the production being filmed in Mantua featuring, of course, Plácido Domingo, his Operalia winner Julia Novikova as Gilda, and Vittorio Grigolo as the Duke.
Yes, I expected to be wowed by Plácido. He’s so seasoned, charismatic–such a fine actor, too.
But I feel a little like the Duke upon seeing Gilda for the first time, or vice versa, and can only utter one word.
He’s passionate, he’s beautiful, he’s got a little scruff of a beard, and when he sings, my middle-aged heart skips a beat. Can’t wait for his “La Donna è mobile.” I think I’m in love with a duke.
Some say youth is wasted on the young. Not in this case, my friends.