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Sunday Afternoon at the Opera - Verdi: Rigoletto

05/19/2024 1:00 pm
05/19/2024 4:30 pm


Sunday Afternoon at the Opera host Keith Brown writes:

Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto (1851) is one work of the international operatic repertoire so famous that it scarcely needs any introduction. Only once before, however, have I ever featured it on this program. That was on Sunday, June 1, 2014, when I presented a historic recording made live in performance at the Metropolitan Opera in 1964 with several Met luminaries of that bygone era, among them soprano Roberta Peters as Gilda.

That same year the Italian diva soprano Renata Scotto took on the role at La Scala, with the German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the title role and tenor Carlo Bergonzi as the Duke of Mantua. This star-studded singing cast was backed by the orchestra and chorus of the famed Milanese opera house under the direction of Rafael Kubelik. This vintage Rigoletto, originally released by Deutsche Grammophon on LP, was reissued on compact disc in 2005 in DGG's "Opera House" series.