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December 7, 2012

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto
Teatro Regio, Turin

Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus
Daniele Rustioni, conductor

CAST: Giovanni Meoni (Rigoletto); Désirée Rancatore (Gilda); Piero Pretti (Duke of Mantua); Alessandro Guerzoni (Sparafucile); Irini Karaianni (Maddalena); Maria Di Mauro (Giovanna); Davide Motta Fré (Ceprano); Ziyan Atfeh (Monterone)

In this sensational drama, Verdi reveals his lifelong affinity for touching, father-daughter relationships, yet does so in a story that also serves up over-the-top passion and appalling violence -- all conveyed in music that careens vividly through its characters' wildly contrasting emotions.