Great Voices: Plácido Domingo Episode 17

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Placido Domingo at the 81st Academy Awards
Placido Domingo at the 81st Academy Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rigoletto from Mantua
Recorded in high definition in the Renaissance splendor of Mantua, Italy, in the actual places and hours of the day specified in the libretto.
Hailed by President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano as a “great National event".

Verdi Rigoletto (Plácido Domingo)
Zubin Mehta conducts The RAI National Symphony Orchestra
Julia Novikova (Gilda)
Vittorio Grigolo (Duca di Mantova)
Ruggero Raimondi (Sparafucile)

Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro

Rigoletto from Mantua is one of the most complex audio-visual operations ever attempted. Through an advanced and sophisticated technological system, the locations in different points of the city of Mantua were seamlessly linked together. Maestro Mehta performed the music of Verdi from the Teatro Scientifico Bibiena.

The locations chosen included: the sumptuous rooms of Palazzo Te, the famous villa of parties, receptions and idleness of the Duke of Mantua, built between 1525 and 1535 by the architect and painter Giulio Romano at the will of Federico II Gonzaga; Palazzo Ducale, the main residence of the Gonzaga rulers, Marquis and ultimately the dukes of the city of Mantua, also The Fortress of Sparafucile, known as the Rock of Rigoletto, a former military garrison Gonzaga located at the entrance to the city of Mantua.