Rising Italian conductor Michele Mariotti leads the new production premiere of Rigoletto, seen in a new staging by the Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer in his Met debut. Mayer’s approach transports the story from 16th-century Italy to Las Vegas in 1960, with a cast led by Željko Lučić in the title role, Diana Damrau as his daughter, Gilda, Piotr Beczala as the Duke of Mantua, Štefan Kocán as the assassin Sparafucile, and Oksana Volkova in her Met debut as Sparafucile’s seductive sister, Maddalena. “I’ve tried to imagine a recent world that captures the decadence of the Duke’s palace, where the participants are in pursuit of power, money, and beauty,” Mayer says. “Las Vegas in the ‘60s is such a world, where a kind of prankster energy could go bad—it’s the epitome of the kinds of events that happen in Rigoletto.”
Approximate running time: 3:31
My sights are set on a swingin’ girl,
So hop on, baby, let’s take that whirl!
— Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901
Yes, it sounds more like Dean Martin. But that couplet comes from Verdi, at least at the Metropolitan Opera these days.
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Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Production: Michael Mayer
Set Designer: Christine Jones
Costume Designer: Susan Hilferty
Lighting Designer: Kevin Adams
Choreographer: Steven Hoggett
Cast: Diana Damrau (Gilda), Oksana Volkova (Maddalena), Piotr Beczala (Duke of Mantua), Željko Lučić (Rigoletto),Štefan Kocán (Sparafucile)
Sat., February 16 • 11:30am • Loft
Opera expert/writer-producer Dennis Kleinman will lead a lively discussion of the Rigoletto. Space is limited! Doors open an hour before – come early for coffee and pastries!
More info/tickets for the Opera Connection on Rigoletto.
Post-Opera Dinner at The Library Restaurant
The popular Met@The Music Hall HD broadcast series just got better! By special arrangement, The Library Restaurant adjacent to The Music Hall will be offering special Post-Opera Dinners after opera broadcasts in its 2012-2013 season - exclusive seatings for a limited number of patrons each. It couldn’t be easier – all that Met patrons need to do is to call/come by The Music Hall Box Office to make their dinner reservation, then, after the opera broadcast, walk the few steps to The Library Restaurant, present their Met ticket and enjoy the casual elegance at one of the finest steak houses north of Boston. Patrons can choose from the full menu, or a special Met-exclusive, prix fixe menu ($38) including soup or salad, a choice of three entrees, a dessert, and a glass of red or white wine. More about The Library Restaurant.
Post opera dinner seatings at 4:45pm & 5:15pm