Lyric Opera di Chicago (2006) Conductor : Lopez Cobos Cast : Alvarez Lopardo Kuznetsova Set designer : Hopkins Costume designer : Greenwood
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The 2006 presentation of Rigoletto, Verdi’s Opera about the Duke of Mantua,
his court jester, Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s beautiful, angelic daughter,
Gilda is a truly memorable experience and anyone attending this production
is fortunate indeed. Lyric Opera of Chicago, Evanston Chapter member,
Marcia Achenbach, thought this was an excellent, traditional and memorable
rendition of Rigoletto… The costumes, sets, staging, lighting and of course, the singing, were
magnificent. The opera opens with a scene almost breathtaking in its
contrast between dress and undress, conveying a powerful sense of immorality. The sets were remarkable deriving from one huge rotating tower.
This provided a sumptuous palatial room which when turned slightly first
became a street scene and then Rigoletto’s rooms.
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riveting new production of Verdi's tragic masterpiece Rigoletto--about the
hunchbacked jester to the Duke of Mantua, whose bed is his throne--revels
in the story's debauchery… The story is fast paced, the music ranges from wildly
tempestuous to divinely lyrical, the orchestra under Jesus Lopez-Cobos is
outstanding, and the cast is exceptional--this may be the highlight of the
January 23, 2006 BY WYNNE DELACOMA Opera Critic 'RIGOLETTO,' LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED William Mason, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, received an early indication that he might have a winner in the new production of Verdi's "Rigoletto," which the company unveiled Saturday night.
Seconds after the Civic Opera House's stately red curtains parted to reveal the larger-than-life frescos of naked nymphs and satyrs and the austere, Palladian-style domed ceiling of the Duke of Mantua's bedroom, the audience began to applaud. Applauding the scenery is generally not the style of Lyric's opera-savvy audience, but their response was prompted by more than the extravagant, jewel-hued views of 16th century Italy offered by stage director Stefano Vizioli, set designer Robert Innes Hopkins and costume designer Jane Greenwood….. Lyric's new "Rigoletto" in no way dilutes Francesco Piave's libretto, based on Victor Hugo's even darker 1832 play, "The King Amuses Himself."
Nothing was sugarcoated in this beautifully sung production with Spanish baritone Carlos Alvarez as the embittered jester. The stark angles and sharp shadows of Mantua's towering, gray stone walls conveyed a court blind to its own shortcomings. Surrounded by orderly, classical beauty inspired by ancient Greece and Rome, it amused itself with innuendo, rape, kidnapping and murder.
OPERA REVIEW Lyric gets it right with sumptuous new production of 'Rigoletto' By John von Rhein Tribune music critic Published January 23, 2006
Stefano Vizioli's handsome and traditional production, which opened Saturday at the Civic Opera House, might almost be mistaken for an Italian Renaissance fashion show, save for the fact that it has a compelling tragedy to relate and several superb voices to lift Verdi's glorious vocal lines to the heights.
'Rigoletto' is a must-see BY DOROTHY ANDRIES CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
The first notes of Verdi's Overture to "Rigoletto" herald a tragedy waiting to happen. The Lyric Opera of Chicago opened its production of that powerful opera Saturday night, and it was presented with such veracity that the audience was quite transported to the decadent court of the Duke of Mantua in 16th century Italy….. Under the stage direction of Stefano Vizioli, everything came together to make this one of the must-sees of this year's season.
98.7WFMT BY Andrew Patner
…Vizioli does an admirable job and with the steady and sensitive hand of Spaniard Jesús López Cobos in the pit this is a meat and potatoes Rigoletto in the best senses of the phrase: I have rarely seen so many people reduced to tears by such a well-known tragedy as was the case by the time the curtain fell at the Ardis Krainik Theatre on opening night. As an audience, we are not much interrogated and we have few questions to ask, but we see a matrix of corrupt individuals squeezing the life out of the innocence in their midst…he's a very clear storyteller and he creates a real sense of the isolation of each of his characters
Lyric's high-action 'Rigoletto' an extraordinary revival By BETTY MOHR Correspondent
Directed to perfection by Stefano Vizioli, and with Jesus Lopez Cobos conducting Verdi's ravishing musical score, this production is a feast for the senses. It is fresh and fascinating, and its exciting drama is heightened with mesmerizing emotional power that has the opera moving as fast as an action thriller. … An extraordinary revival, this "Rigoletto" is one of the Lyric's best productions of the season. It's not to be missed.
Nuovo allestimento di Vizioli:lettura intelligente, che ripropone il rinascimento del libretto filtrandolo attraverso l'uso di pochi elementi architettonici e pittorici che ne fissano l'essenza senza concedere troppo all'ornamentazione. Marta Tonegutti