[ Deutsche Grammophon Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc ]
Release Date: Friday 1 August 2014
The sought-after lyric tenor Piotr Beczala, is the womanizing Duke in this new production of Verdi's Rigoletto from the Metropolitan Opera. Željko Luèiæ sings the title role and Diana Damrau sings Rigoletto's daughter Gilda.
This DVD and Blu-ray release appears in the Verdi year 2013, as music lovers around the world celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Italy's beloved composer.
Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi's towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960 - an ideal setting for this eternal conflict of depravity and innocence.
"Michael Mayer's staging in a superb set created by Christine Jones is mostly appealing . . . Excellent singing and playing comes from Piotr Beczala, Diana Damrau and the young Slovakian bass Stefan Kocan." Pizzicato (Luxembourg)