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The Royal Opera House

Verdi: Rigoletto DVD (Vienna Philharmonic)

Filmed on location in Italian Renaissance landmarks including the Castello di San Giorgio in Mantua, the Piazza Duomo in Cremona and the Teatro Farnese in Parma, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's lavish production of 'Rigoletto' captures all the tenderness and tradegy of Verdi's heartbreaking drama. Luciano Pavarotti in his formidable prime is the dashing, dissolute Duke of Mantua who seduces fair, innocent Gilda - a virtuoso performance by Edita Gruberova - away from her protective father, the hunchback court jester Rigoletto, sung and acted with indelible pathos by Ingvar Wixell.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
The Duke: Luciano Pavarotti
Rigoletto: Ingvar Wixell
Gilda: Edita Gruberova
Sparafucile: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Maddalena: Victoria Vergara
Giovanna: Fedora Barbieri 

Wiener Staatsopernchor
Chorus Master: Norbert Balatsch
Wiener  Philharmoniker
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Set Design: Gianni Quaranta
Costume Design: Martin Schlumpf 

Picture: 4:3
Sound: PCM stereo / DTS 5.1
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 116 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/SP/IT
Year: 1988