The title role in Verdi's Rigoletto is one of opera's more fascinating figures, a hunchbacked court jester torn between good and evil whose world eventually crumbles. The Italian baritone Giovanni Meoni takes up this challenge, after having made his Met debut in the role of Ezio in Verdi's Attil last season.
This solidly traditional Met staging dates to 1989, yet several artists are making their Met debuts or singing major roles for the first time with the company. Nino Machaidze makes her Met debut as Gilda, and Joseph Calleja returns as the Duke, the role of his Met debut in 2006. Kirstin Chávez and Stefan Kocán add new roles to their Met repertory as Maddalena and Sparafucile respectively.
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Text in Italian by Francesco Maria Piave, after Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse
Conductor: Paolo Arrivabeni
Gilda: Nino Machaidze
Maddalena: Kirstin Chávez
Duke of Mantua: Joseph Calleja
Rigoletto: Giovanni Meoni
Sparafucile: Stefan Kocán
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 0 min.