‘Rigoletto’ in Vienna and Berlin
Adding this “heavyweight” to his roster of Verdi parts, Christopher Maltman brings all the assets of a finely-tuned Lieder interpreter (with the technical prowess to manoeuvre between the lightest of “head” tones through compellingly-dramatic outbursts), plus acute musicianship and intellect to the challenge.
Maltman lets these inner torments come to life on stage: His rebellion and lament against God sounds impressive; despair rears its head in a vital and pithy way.
Maltman’s Rigoletto was commandingly confident from the first notes he sang. The sheer power of his voice was awe-inspiring as it thundered through the auditorium.
[Maltman] sings a very pithy Rigoletto, expounding great vocal energy.