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Opera Explained: Verdi - Rigoletto

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XM 8048
 
Opera Explained: Verdi - Rigoletto
Label Catalogue Number:
8.558048
ISBN: 9781843793120
Download Size: 64 Mb
Running Time: 01:18:55
Release Date: July 2002
Originally recorded in 2002
Author
Thomson Smillie
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
Reader
David Timson
Genre:
Spoken Word

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Opera Explained: Verdi - Rigoletto
Thomson Smillie
Read by David Timson
Rigoletto is simply wonderful entertainment. It is uncanny to listen to the opening ten minutes or so and recognise a dozen superb tunes. It is also much more - a daring (for its time) attack on aristocratic privilege, a tender love story, and an impassioned appeal on behalf of the disadvantaged, all set to music of such wealth and beauty that, with its sister operas La traviata and Il trovatore, it has almost defined Italian opera for 150 years. Overcoming initial trouble with the censors, Verdi's Rigoletto was a smash hit at its premiere and has not been out of the repertoire since. It's not hard to see why. From Thomson Smillie's accessible account, the opera comes alive on just one CD. As he tells us, Verdi captures the gaiety of the court in Mantua: it 'to borrow a famous phrase, shines like rotting mackerel by moonlight - it glitters and stinks'. David Timson is the perfect exponent of Smillie's vivacious writing, securing a thoroughly entertaining and informative disc.




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