“The Met: Live in HD” Summer Encores Series Begins with Verdi’s RIGOLETTO



In his acclaimed new production that was the talk of the opera world when it premiered in 2013, 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." (Running time: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes)

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. local time.

Click here for a list of participating U.S. cinemas and ticketing links. Ticket prices vary. More information is available at www.FathomEvents.com or http://www.metoperafamily.org/hdlive.

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