THE MET: LIVE IN HD SUMMER ENCORES
BEGINS WITH VERDI'S RIGOLETTO, AN ACCLAIMED
NEW PRODUCTION DIRECTED BY
TONY AWARD WINNER MICHAEL MAYER
Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. ET
*check local theaters for dates and times
If you missed the live transmission of Rigoletto, don’t fret! The Met: Live in HD is back for an encore summer season retransmitting some of the most beloved operas.
Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) 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. As featured on 60 Minutes, this bold new vision stars Polish tenor Piotr Beczala as 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 is the assassin-for-hire Sparafucile and Belarusian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova makes her Met debut as his seductive sister, Maddalena. Italian conductor Michele Mariotti leads the Verdi masterwork, which features one of the most famous arias in all of opera, "La donna è mobile."
As Rigoletto, Željko Lučić's "voice is big and penetrating, focused and true… His phrasing is supple and elegant," and Diana Damrau sings Gilda "radiantly, combining agile coloratura with plush, vibrant sound, the embodiment of youthful yearning and restlessness."—The New York Times