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Verdi: Rigoletto Blu-ray (The Royal Opera) 2021

Rigoletto is the sharp-tongued jester to the serial womaniser, the Duke of Mantua. But when the Duke turns his seductive ways towards Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda, the jester learns that he is powerless to protect her. What follows is an epic tale of deceit, revenge and, above all, love.

Director Oliver Mears makes his Royal Opera debut with his ‘thrilling new production’ (The Times ★★★★), which frames Verdi’s masterpiece as a modern morality play, pitting power against innocence in a decadent world of corruption and social decay. Antonio Pappano conducts an outstanding cast that includes an ‘utterly compelling’ Carlos Álvarez in the title role, Lisette Oropesa as ‘a matchless Gilda’ (The Guardian ★★★★) and tenor Liparit Avetisyan as the Duke of Mantua.

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Duke of Mantua: Liparit Avetisyan
Borsa: Egor Zhuravskii
Count Ceprano: Blaise Malaba
Countess Ceprano: Amanda Baldwin
Rigoletto: Carlos Álvarez
Marullo: Dominic Sedgwick
Count Monterone: Eric Greene
Sparafucile: Brindley Sherratt
Gilda: Lisette Oropesa
Giovanna: Kseniia Nikolavieva
Page: Louise Armit
Court Usher: Nigel Cliffe
Maddalena: Ramonza Zaharia
Monterone’s Daughter: Sabina Arthur

Royal Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: William Spaulding
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Concert Master: Vasko Vassilev
Director: Oliver Mears
Set Designer: Sima Lima Holdsworth
Costume Designer: Ilona Karas
Lighting Designer: Fabiana Piccoli
Movement Director: Anna Morrissey

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Duration: approx. 135 minutes
Audio: LPCM 2.0 + DTS-HD Master Audio Surround
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, JP, KO

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D. Lee Edwards
Brilliant production of a classic Verdi opera

I found the Rigoletto from ROH a very engaging contemporary production with excellent principal singers. A review in the Opera News magazine piqued my interest to see one of my favorite sopranos, Lisette Oropesa, sing Gilda and she beautifully inhabited the character while singing exquisitely. In addition, Carlos Alvarez is one of the few great Verdi baritones currently singing and he turned in an exemplary performance. A bonus was the chance to see a tenor new to me with Liparit Avetisyan playing the duke. And, as usual, Sir Antonio Pappano conducted with his firm command of Verdi's style and a spirited pacing of the opera. The pacing did not drag yet also was not rushed, allowing the singers their full expression.

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D. Lee Edwards
Brilliant production of a classic Verdi opera

I found the Rigoletto from ROH a very engaging contemporary production with excellent principal singers. A review in the Opera News magazine piqued my interest to see one of my favorite sopranos, Lisette Oropesa, sing Gilda and she beautifully inhabited the character while singing exquisitely. In addition, Carlos Alvarez is one of the few great Verdi baritones currently singing and he turned in an exemplary performance. A bonus was the chance to see a tenor new to me with Liparit Avetisyan playing the duke. And, as usual, Sir Antonio Pappano conducted with his firm command of Verdi's style and a spirited pacing of the opera. The pacing did not drag yet also was not rushed, allowing the singers their full expression.