FULL MUTI presentò Rigoletto Documentary Milano 1994
Information on the Performance
- Work Title: MUTI presentò Rigoletto
- Composer: Verdi Giuseppe
- Venue & Opera Company: Aula Magna dell’Università Bocconi a Milano, Italy
- Recorded: May 9, 1994
- Type: Other
- Singers: N/A
- Conductor: Riccardo Muti
- Stage Director:
- Costume Designer:
Information about the Recording
- Published by: Tele+3.
- Date Published: 1994
- Format: Broadcast
- Quality Video: 3 Audio:3
- Subtitles: yessubs, itsubs, gensubs
- Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PERFORMANCE
Maestro Riccardo Muti knows how to present works like no one else. Everyone knows it, since TV broadcasts editions of its annual Italian Opera Academy. In 1994 (May 9) when he presented “Rigoletto” in the Aula Magna of the Bocconi University in Milan, packed with students and an audience from Verona, this natural aptitude was one of his first public appearances.
I publish the “reading” of “Rigoletto” in the Arruga Archive because I have the complete recording, made by Tele+3 (where Arruga was responsible for Music at the time) to which the Maestro had allowed a complete recording and transmission, refusing the other networks television. Because he has the freshness of an encounter with young people in which he finds himself a bit of a student and jokes freely with them. Because at the same time it is a “little treatise” on how to actively listen, entering into the continuity of the musical and theatrical discourse, of the compositional current, in line with the author’s intentions. The Master takes the spectator to the heart of the written sign, enters the situation and logic of the character, not through philological obstinacy but through technical, logical, emotional identification because sign and character coincide. There is very careful documentation of Verdi’s intentions, and naturalness of human feeling that Verdi has clear, profound, universal and expresses with extremely refined means. There is precision of language and freedom to lighten even caricature with instinct (by the way I confess that I made a very small cut, remembering that the Master had asked to eliminate a flicker of imitative mimicry so as not to offer footholds to the seriousness of the press). There is love for Verdi and for this masterpiece work compared to Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, and an exciting sensitivity in transmitting it. I publish it also because it is linked to the historical season of Muti’s first Scaliger period and he traces its synthesis himself, useful to an ever forgetful audience: the choices and openings of the repertoire; moments and reasons for his battle against traditions; the responsibility, the moral task of the Teatro alla Scala to save and show the world the interpretative principle faithful to the will of the author.
Documentary made by Gian Carlo Cabella for Tele+3.