MET OPERA LIVE IN HD: RIGOLETTO
2012-2013 HD OPERA SEASON
FEBRUARY 16, 2013 @ 12:55 PM
RUN TIME: 3 HRS 30 MIN
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.”
Text courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera website: http://www.metopera.org
CONDUCTOR: Michele Mariotti
PRODUCTION: Michael Mayer
CAST: Željko Lučić, Diana Damrau, Piotr Beczala, Štefan Kocán, Oksana Volkova
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VIDEO: Video courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.
PHOTOS: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
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