Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto
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Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto

Friday, May 17 at 9:00 p.m.

A new staging moves "Rigoletto's" tragic events from a decadent 16th-century Italian court to the glitzy, depraved setting of the Las Vegas strip circa 1960.

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer ("Spring Awakening") makes his Met debut with this Metropolitan Opera production.

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.

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.”

Pictured above: Piotr Beczala as the Duke in Verdi's "Rigoletto."