December 7, 2010

Rigoletto Live on BBC Radio 3 

Sunday, Dec 12 17:00 hrs UK time (12:00 noon ET) Live BBC Radio 3 

Andrew Litton conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Anthony Michaels-Moore (Rigoletto), Laura Claycombe (Gilda), Madeleine Shaw (Maddalena), David Soar (Sparfucile), and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Duke) in a 90 minute radio special of renowned Opera director Graham Vick's take on the final act of Verdi's Rigoletto. 

Verdi composed this powerful drama for Venice between 1850 and 1851, and while critics were initially a little ambivalent, audiences immeadiately took the opera to their hearts. Since that time it has never been out of the repertory. It provides singers with some of the most inspiring and challenging roles in Romantic opera, in a piece that contains some of Verdi's most affecting; best-loved and best-known music.