The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season begins with a live broadcast of Verdi's tragic masterpiece Rigoletto, set in Las Vegas and starring baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in his first company performance of the title role.
Tenor Matthew Polenzani co-stars as the Duke, and two singers make their network broadcast debuts: Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who sings Gilda, and Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. Bass Štefan Kocán and mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova are the corrupt siblings Sparafucile and Maddalena.
Host Margaret Juntwait returns for her tenth season, joined in the broadcast booth by commentator Ira Siff. The intermissions include backstage interviews with the stars and the popular Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz, featuring guest artist, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky.
Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado
Gilda: Sonya Yoncheva
Maddalena: Oksana Volkova
Duke of Mantua: Matthew Polenzani
Rigoletto: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Sparafucile: Stefan Kocán