All remaining live performances in the 2019–20 season at The Met have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is a recording from 7 December 2013, featuring Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the title role.
Metropolitan Opera Encore Series
Sunday 7 June 2020 at 6pm on RNZ Concert
Sonya Yoncheva (Gilda), Oksana Volkova (Maddalena), Matthew Polenzani (Duke of Mantua), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Rigoletto), Štefan Kocán (Sparafucile),Wallis Giunta (Countess Ceprano), Maria Zifchak (Giovanna), Robert Pomakov (Count Monterone), Alexander Lewis (Borsa), Jeffrey Mattsey (Marullo), David Crawford (Count Ceprano), Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
'Rigoletto' is an opera in three acts, based on the play 'Le roi s'amuse' by Victor Hugo.
This production of 'Rigoletto' is set in Las Vegas, 1960.
The unhappy plights of the melancholy hunchback Rigoletto, the ill-fated Gilda and the debonair but ruthless Duke of Mantua unfold in Verdi’s glorious melodies.
The Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky died in 2017.