VERDI Rigoletto Levine DVD-VIDEO 0730939

Opera's newest glamour couple, soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazón made their first joint appearance with the company Saturday night and transformed a routine revival into one of the season's sensations . . . Both are young (he's 33, she's 34), wildly attractive, gifted singers and, perhaps most important, brimming with charisma and confidence. Though Verdi gives them only one scene together, their love duet, embellished with some rarely heard unaccompanied harmonizing, sent enough sparks flying that it's a wonder the ushers didn't run for the fire extinguishers.

. . . Domingo turns on both the ardor and the charm . . . Isola Jones as his sister is convincingly sexy, and her singing is luscious. John Cheek's Monterone has unmistakable authority and nobility . . . This is a thoughtful reading ¿ Levine at his best.

From the Met comes John Dexter¿s lavish production of 30 years ago in its attractive and colourful sets designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch . . . it is the musical side that makes this a benchmark production. Rigoletto was one of McNeil¿s signature roles, and it is easy to see why as he delivers a strikingly powerful interpretation. Domingo is at the top of his form as the young, fresh-voiced Duke and Ileana Cotrubas, another outstanding interpreter of the role who had only just made her Met debut, is an attractive Gilda. Levine conducts with a deliberate stateliness that allows the singers time to phrase.

Labsal für alle, die konventionelle Verdi-Inszenierungen im historischen Gewand mögen, ist der 1977 live mitgeschnittene Rigoletto aus der MET. Im romantischen Ambiente der Renaissance-Gesellschaft unterbreitet Sparafucile (fabelhaft Justino Díaz) seine Offerte zum Morden. Stimmlich perfekt macht Cornell MacNeil die Trostlosigkeit des Rigoletto deutlich, während Plácido Domingo als Herzog tenorale Attacken von Format entwickelt. James Levine beweist Feinsinn für instrumentale Farben.

... el tenor madrileño muestra una vez más su gran inteligencia y capacidad de adaptación, y consigue un válido resultado.

Un "Rigoletto" que ya se puede considerar histórico, y que se debe conocer.

El tenor aprovecha la seducción tímbrica y la desenvoltura de su juego escenico para pintar un Duque jovial y atractivo, con momentos canoros de nivel . . .