April 17, at 2:30 pm.
Rigoletto: DIMITRI PLATANIAS
Marullo: ZHENGZHONG ZHOU
Gilda: EKATERINA SIURINA
Count Monterone: GIANFRANCO MONTRESOR
Duke of Mantua: VITTORIO GRIGOLO
Matteo Borsa: PABLO BEMSCH
Page: ANDREA HAZELL
Count Ceprano: JIHOON KIM
Court Usher: NIGEL CLIFFE
Countess Ceprano: LOUISE ARMIT
Maddalena: CHRISTINE RICE
and featuring the Royal Opera Chorus
and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, this should prove a well-sung (in Italian with English sub-titles) and acted 2 hours and 7 minutes.
TrustMovies covers these Emerging Pictures events after the fact, but I wanted to give you a heads-up now, should any of my readers want to be "present at the creation," so to speak.
Update: Whoops -- attending a "live" via satellite performance often provides the unexpected. At my last opera, during a Manhattan storm, the satellite signal was lost. Today, at Rigoletto, there were no English subtitles, as had been announced. When I departed, at the half-hour mark, the powers-that-be were working on obtaining these from London. Ah, well.
On a more down-and-dirty note, this opera, at least in that first act, provided quite a bit of full-frontal, male and female nudity, in addition to the full-bodied voices on display. Today's opera companies, I surmise, are using all possible weapons in their arsenal to draw in an audience.