Monday, July 18, 2011


Rigoletto on PBS

What would it take to make me turn off a production of Rigoletto within fifteen minutes?

1. It would need to be presented by a British woman with a posh accent, emphasizing that it was filmed in "authentic" Mantua locations.

2. It would involve a superannuated tenor whose giant ego has led him to believe he should remain before the public in baritone roles, doing violence to the composer's intentions.

3. It would be conducted by Zubin Mehta.

4. It would open with a chorus dressed as 16th century courtiers, dancing the polka.

5. You need more? I repeat: the polka.



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