After Tosca in Rome, La Traviata in Paris, RAI TV is preparing Rigoletto in Mantua (very close to Verona) that will be live broadcast to more than 100 countries next weekend. The show will be split in two days and the broadcast is scheduled for Saturday 4 [at 20:30 (cet)], and Sunday 5 September [at 14:15 and 23:30 (cet)]. Check your local listings...
It is supposed to be fully live and it will be directed by Marco Bellocchio. Even though Marco is a brilliant film director, I don't expect much from his operatic adventure as these mammoth-size projects are regularly in the claws of traditionalists.
Rigoletto is not my fave Verdi at all, but since this will be a global operatic event I wouldn't want to miss it either.
The RAI Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Zubin Mehta, and Placido Domingo will be Rigoletto (!) for the whole weekend. Julia Novikova will be our Gilda, Vittorio Grigolo The Duke of Mantua, Ruggero Raimondi Sparafucile, and Nino Surguladze Maddalena.
The above pic is a collage of 4 photos taken during the rehearsals by C. Giglioli, and below is one with Placidone, plus a 'long' trailer.
Ed: Videos available on YouTube - click here