Great Performances at the Met: Verdi's Rigoletto

Great Performances at the Met: Verdi's Rigoletto

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) makes his Met debut with a new production of Verdi's Rigoletto. The new staging moves the opera's tragic events from a decadent 16th-century Italian court to the glitzy, depraved setting of the Las Vegas strip circa 1960. The Great Performances at the Met special airs Sunday, May 19 at 12 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Polish tenor Piotr Beczala sings the Duke, an amoral lounge singer whose entourage includes the world-weary comedian Rigoletto, sung by Serbian baritone Željko Lučić. German soprano Diana Damrau sings the role of the innocent Gilda, Rigoletto's daughter and the victim of the predatory Duke. Slovakian bass Štefan Kocán sings the assassin-for-hire Sparafucile and Belarusian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova makes her Met debut as his seductive sister, Maddalena. Italian conductor Michele Mariotti conducts his first company performances of the Verdi masterwork, which features one of the most famous arias in all of opera, "La donna è mobile.

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