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Elijah Moshinsky’s production of Rigoletto for Opera Australia may be twenty years old but it shows no sign of gathering dust in this revival recorded in 2010. Updated to the time of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, it utilises every inch of the stage. Rigoletto and Gilda even arrive to spy on the Duke at the beginning of the famous quartet, in a car.

Giving a performance to match this setting is Alan Opie as Rigoletto. Not the most subtle of actors, he still dominates his scenes by virtue of his stage presence and his vocal prowess. As Gilda, Emma Matthews is outstanding. A lot of people have labelled tenor Paul O’Neill as one to watch and he certainly looks right as the Duke. He can also act. It’s just that too often he has intonation problems and one crosses one’s fingers he’s not going to crack. In the pit, conductor Giovanni Reggioli gives a heart-felt account of the score.

Richard Fawkes Read the full review on Agora Classica


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