'Rigoletto', with its Criminal Underworld, is Your Met Opera Broadcast

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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Olga Peretyatko as Gilda in 'Rigoletto' Olga Peretyatko as Gilda in 'Rigoletto' (Richard Termine/ Metropolitan Opera)

On Saturday at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera will bring you its broadcast of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Depravity, ancient curses, revenge and an undying paternal love characterize this opera as one of the composer’s most popular.

Rigoletto, based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo, marked the beginning of Verdi’s middle period. Leading up to what would be an immensely popular premier, the work was beset with censorship issues. Originally, Verdi and his librettist and frequent collaborator Francesco Maria Piave intended to set the opera in the royal court. However, themes of reckless and immoral royalty did not sit well with the authorities. A compromise was reached, and the setting was moved to renaissance-era Mantua.

The current production at the Met, helmed by Michael Mayer, has its own unique setting: 1960 Las Vegas. It proves a perfect fit for thematic vice and decadence of the original conception.

Rigoletto is the topic of the weeks He Sang, She Sang podcast. It also includes an interview with soprano Olga Peretyatko (Gilda), in which she discusses her approach to the character, the physical rigors of maintaining an operatic body, and her own real-life musical love story.

Cast:

Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi
Gilda: Olga Peretyatko
Maddalena: Oksana Volkova
Duke of Mantua: Stephen Costello
Rigoletto: Željko Lučić
Sparafucile: Andrea Mastroni

 

Comments [5]

CAVANAUGH from NEW YORK,NY

I've heard baritones at the Met go High A, High Bb for two seconds and back down to High A on the final "LA Maledizione". Lucic doesn't seem to have a top or maybe he's saving it. Notice I haven't commented on any of the other singers because they are singing just fine.

Feb. 04 2017 03:51 PM
CAVANAUGH from NEW YORK, NEW YORK

CBC good to hear from you. I want to hear this baritone sing a High A at the end of "sii vendetta" on the words "t'avro" and hold it until his eyeballs fall out. Tibbett with his velvet voice did some job with this. Let's see what Lucic can do. And he's contemplating Wagner !! ;) ??

Feb. 04 2017 02:39 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

YES, AND chocolate. He sounds like he is bellowing a bit.
Keep warm.
This opera is lurid. It can only be rescued by great singing.

Feb. 04 2017 01:57 PM
CAVANAUGH from New York, NY

CBC what we need is a bottle of grappa & a baritone who can hit the "e folia" comme scritto not a third lower. Oh for the days of MacNeil, Milnes, Warren, Merril etc. stay warm.

Feb. 04 2017 01:36 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

CBC: Hope you are well.
I know some people were angry with this production but I thought it
was a hoot.

Feb. 04 2017 09:25 AM

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