Live from the Royal Opera House, London
David McVicar’s acclaimed production for The Royal Opera of Verdi’s tragic opera is conducted by Alexander Joel, with an excellent cast led by Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe and Michael Fabiano.
The corruption of innocence is at the heart of this production. Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…
The opera’s many musical highlights include La donna è mobile, Gilda’s exquisite duets with Rigoletto and the Duke, and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.