at AFS Cinema
"...Its very willingness to risk being unpleasant sets it apart from the drab and mundane. It might or might not help to know that Rick’s story is a modern take on Verdi’s Rigoletto, but even more interesting than that fact is that the screenplay was written by Daniel Handler, the author responsible for all those Lemony Snicket books for young readers..."
"...Rigoletto: Intimacy in a Vast SpaceCity Coliseum,..."
"...David Nancarrow, The Bat/Rigoletto..."
"...Michael Raiford, Love! Valour! Compassion!/The Pavilion/Requiem for Tesla/Rigoletto/Smokey Joe's Cafe..."
"...Rigoletto (Austin Lyric Opera), for Michael Raiford's thrilling environmental design in a farewell to the City Coliseum and Joseph McClain's vigorous staging in what ended up being his farewell as director..."
"...Hart starred in Hell's Hinges. Enrico Caruso sang Rigoletto...."
"...“A Night at the Opera” with Plácido Domingo is one thing – unamplified, primarily. Hearing him boom arias from Puccini’s Tosca, then give the word duet a whole new meaning with soprano Ana María Martínez on Verdi’s Rigoletto (“Si, vendetta!”) in a 45-minute opening set amplified by an basketball arena P.A..."
"...Sir James Galway and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Austin Lyric Opera's The Bat and Cinderella and Rigoletto..."
"...And you know, if you like what you see on the tube, you can enjoy the work of Austin Lyric Opera live when the company presents Verdi's Rigoletto Jan. 31-Feb..."
"...In contrast, I still remember hearing Laura Claycomb singing "Caro Nome" during the HGO production of Rigoletto several years ago. What was almost as remarkable as hearing her was the total silence during the pauses no cell phones, no whispers, no coughing, no eyebrows fluttering..."
"...Some idiot destroyed the beautiful conclusion of the third movement with a cough that could not have been more harmful if it had been planned. Bring some cough drops and unwrap them before the music starts (so we don't get to listen to your rustling wrappers). In contrast, I still remember hearing Laura Claycomb singing "Caro Nome" during the HGO production of Rigoletto several years ago..."
"...Of course, Turandot is not all grim beheadings and lonely supplication -- there is the commedia dell'arte trio of Ping, Pang, and Pong, masked ministers prone to dramatic warnings, loudly barked orders, and the occasional mask-slip, allowing the audience to see the more human side to these bureaucrats that dream of quieter times in their far-away hometowns. Of the three, Ping Yu (an excellent Rigoletto in 2002) provided comic, over-the-top civil servility, as well as calmer, tender yearnings for a good day's fishing far from the demanding princess...."
"...(tie) Kathryn Chambers, Rigoletto; Larissa Wolcott, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown..."
"...This past season the sumptuous extra show was Carmen, joyfully produced in the City Coliseum. Next year ALO again offers four operatic productions that hail from strikingly different musical worlds: Gounod's Faust, André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire (yes, it's an opera, too), Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West, and Verdi's Rigoletto..."
"...After films that ventured into the supernatural, Argento returned full-force to the giallo genre with Opera, a film whose plot holds together better than many of Argento's other efforts. It's also probably his most self-referential film; director Marco seems a direct stand-in for Argento himself (indeed, Argento tried unsuccessfully to direct Verdi's Rigoletto)..."