Giuseppe Verdi's 'Rigoletto'

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Piotr Beczala as the Duke in Verdi's 'Rigoletto' Piotr Beczala as the Duke in Verdi's 'Rigoletto' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Join us on Saturday at 1 pm as the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Michael Mayer’s electrifying production of  Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto, set in 1960 in a Las Vegas casino. The title role is played by Željko Lučić. Piotr Beczala sings the role of Duke and Nadine Sierra debuts at the Met as Gilda, the daughter of Rigoletto. Roberto Abbado will be conducting.

Cast:

Gilda: Nadine Sierra
Maddalena: Nancy Fabiola Herrera
Duke of Mantua: Piotr Beczala
Rigoletto: Željko Lučić
Sparafucile: Dimitry Ivashchenko

Roberto Abbado, Conductor

Comments [10]

Concetta Nardone from Nassau

@Mr. Sadi: I know the setting in Vegas was incorrect but I thought it was a hoot. There was film called Aria, I think, and there was an Elvis Presley look-a-like singing LaDonna e Mobile.

Dec. 13 2015 12:40 PM
Hendrik Sadi from Yonker, NY

A great Rigoletto sung by Zeliko Lucic and an outstanding Gilda sung by Nadine Sierra.
I listened to this at home and fortunately did not have the updated scenery spoil the singing for me.
What does 16th Century Mantua have to do with a 20th casino in Las Vegas?
Keep the music and scenery where the composer and librettist wrote it for.

Dec. 13 2015 09:38 AM

Bczala redeemed himself with La donna è mobile, didn't he? Was that interpolated note a D? He sounds good now in Act 3. Singing is ok today. I just can't stand the pompous idiots on the panel, the hostess, the commentator, awful all of them.

Dec. 12 2015 04:06 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

I did like the setting in Vegas. Fine Rigoletto and Gilda. Tenor a little strained. Yes, Povero Duca but look at the bright side. It could have been Grigolo.

Dec. 12 2015 03:03 PM
CastaDiva from New York, NY

Marvelous Rigoletto and Gilda. Can’t say the same of the Duke, who has been miscast. Beczala is good in roles like Lensky in Onegin and last season's Knight in Iolanta, but does not have the right vocal timbre for Verdi—he sounds strained and uncomfortable. Not pleasant to listen to.

Dec. 12 2015 02:40 PM
archiloco from Italia Milano

Excellent Nadine Sierra, good diction, good voice is fine performance in the high register that in the low register. Nice color. Bravaaaaaaaaaa. Zeljko Lucic also very good, well-orchestra conducted by Maestro Abbado. Beczala is not in the right evening ........... happens but always good.

Dec. 12 2015 02:10 PM
voiceanddiction from Valley Stream, NY

I am so very glad to still have the Met broadcasts! Out of money, out of time -- it is to good to be able to listen at home or in my car.

Dec. 12 2015 01:29 PM
Ellen L from West Chester, PA

Hey, QXR, your proofreader needs help yet again. Ramon Vargas was in last week's Boheme (he was barely adequate, imho)but thankfully he has no part in today's Rigoletto. Another production I am thankful not to have to watch!

Dec. 12 2015 01:17 PM
archiloco from Italia Milano

Povero Duca di Mantova.

Dec. 12 2015 01:15 PM
Connie

Ramon Vargas was Rodolfo LAST WEEK. Copy editor must have been dozing.

Dec. 12 2015 01:13 PM

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