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Peter Bates
Audiophile Audition, September 2013

VERDI, G.: Rigoletto (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2008) (NTSC) 723208
VERDI, G.: Rigoletto (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2008) (Blu-ray, HD) 723304

Unlike previous renditions of this opera…this one pulls out all stops and takes chances with staging and characterization. The sprightly dance music of the orgy scene at the Duke of Mantua’s palace belies the undercurrent of dark betrayal and insult to family honor. And it soon changes to something darker, more ribald. Nudity and simulated sex occur on stage. Curses fly freely as brickbats. The sound is brilliantly expansive, particularly in the opening ensemble piece at the orgy. There is an unprecedented level of musical variety.

And the casting is superb. © Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Robert Benson, July 2013

This is a superb performance of Rigoletto…this [production] respects the composer, a solid, realistically staged presentation directed by Stefano Vizioli, with sets and costumes designed and revised by Pierluigi Samaritani and Alessandro Ciammarughi. Singing throughout is of the highest order. Video is excellent, audio well balanced. This is one of the finest products of Teatro Regio di Parma. © 2013 Read complete review

Bill Naddle
Parterre Box, July 2013

I’m happy to report that Rigoletto from the 30 DVD Tutto Verdi set from the Teatro Regio di Parma is a blockbuster.

This production features a well known cast (Leo Nucci, Nino Machaidze) giving state of the art performances. The Parma production is attractive, colorful and fairly traditional…

The main reason for purchasing this version is Nucci’s Rigoletto, the finest I’ve seen. Though he’s well into his 60’s at the time of this performance, his voice retains considerable power and color. Additionally, he brings a good deal of insight into the character: it’s a very haunted, haunting portrayal and he shifts seamlessly from his Jester’s duty into a frightening glimpse into what is an intensly neurotic character.

Machaidze as Gilda matches him blow for blow. As Sparafucile, Marco Spotti is a knockout, a chilling performance. The Parma forces are led with great spirit by Massimo Zanetti. © 2013 Parterre Box Read complete review

Christie Grimstad, May 2013

Stefano Vizioli’s direction is top notch, giving good sense to the meaning of melodrama. Pierluigi Samaritani’s sets and costumes cascade with richly ornamented fabrics and textures indicative of the period appropriate 17th century. There’s also rich saturation of tinta with contributions by Franco Marri.

Massimo Zanetti demonstrates his precision by taking an extended pause before raising his baton for the first opening notes. This shining display by the Orchestra of Parma helps magnify the blockbuster cast. Filling the shoes of Rigoletto is Leo Nucci who sings and acts brilliantly with unblemished perfection. Nino Machaidze assumes the role of Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda, delivering wonderful expression, confident vocal delivery and splendid interpretative qualities.

Emotionally charged and dramatically executed, this is one of the finest interpretations of Verdi’s Rigoletto. © 2013 Read complete review

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