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Rigoletto: An Introduction to Verdi's Opera [Audio CD]

Thomson Smille , Thomson Smillie , David Timson

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May 1 2002 Opera Explained
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, Verdis Rigoletto was a smash hit at its premiere and has not been out of the repertoire since. Its not hard to see why. From Thomson Smillies 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 Smillies vivacious writing, securing a thoroughly entertaining and informative disc.

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"Anyone contemplating a most to the opera could do worse than listen to Thomson Smile's An introduction to. 'Soon The photo of Verb's Righkotto is cultivated with examples from Nixos' complete recording together with a background contempt on its history censors, cones and the musical techniques Smile's text is clearly, and succinctly delivered by David Thomson."

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