Placido Domingo up for live, on location broadcast of Rigoletto in Mantua on Sept. 4 and 5
I'm trying to imagine the advance planning, preparation, rehearsal and overall logistical complexity of mounting a live broadcast of Verdi's opera Rigoletto on location in Mantua. But that's exactly what the BBC and Italy's RAI are planning to do on Sept. 4 and 5.
Expected to sing the title role is evergreen, ever-ready Placido Domingo.
You can read all the details in yesterday's Guardian.
The cost of this sort of enterprise must be staggering, as well, costing, I'm sure as much as a full-scale, full-run new production of the same opera for a stage. It says a lot about the undimmed appeal of opera that there is money available to do this.
On Feb. 7, I blogged about what one could call some reset-in-Toronto operas, just for fun (my top suggestion was La clemenza di TTC).
Toronto couturière Rosemarie Umetsu (who has slipped some pretty impressive gowns on Measha Brueggergosman, Karina Gauvin and Nicole Cabell, among other artists) responded with a couple of great suggestions, which I never posted here. The Mantua Rigoletto reminded me that I still had her note:
'Lucia di Landsdowne+Bloor'
The neighborhood has cleaned up considerably, however a few years back and Donizetti may not have needed the inspiration of Sir Walter Scott to write Lucia (di Lammermoor). Not to mention, the number of locals that may answer to the name Lucia's to cast!!
'The Barber of Yorkville'
Given it probably holds the largest number of hair salons per capita over one little plot of land in Toronto!
Here's a little clip of a different kind of live, on-location opera, courtesy of Chcago's experimental Redmoon Theater: