I’m very happy when a never before released Pavarotti recording appears as an official release. Decca has just released, for the first time, a DVD of Pavarotti in Rigoletto from a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in 1981. This is the only filmed Rigoletto stage production with Pavarotti.
The performance date must be 15th December 1981. This performance was broadcasted live on radio and TV, so many audio and video recordings of this performance have circulated unofficially over the years. It has never been officially available before, except for some years as streaming at Met Opera on Demand.
Pavarotti as the Duke of Mantua is joined on stage by a stellar cast, including Louis Quilico as Rigoletto. James Levine conducts The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in this Verdi masterpiece.
See the official trailer for this DVD release below!
Viva Verdi! It’s time to go Rigoletto shopping!
This post was first published 11-12-2014. Last revision 11-12-2014.