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Michael Mayer’s acclaimed production sets the action of Verdi’s masterpiece in 1960 Las Vegas - a neon-lit world ruled by money and ruthless, powerful men.

Verdi’s extremely popular opera, set to a powerful play by Victor Hugo, is an ever-relevant fable with beloved arias widely familiar to opera fans but also recognisable to those new to the genre. Rigoletto is a time-tested favourite of every opera house.

Polish tenor Piotr Beczała is the Duke, a popular entertainer and casino owner who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Serbian baritone Željko Lučić sings Rigoletto, his sidekick and comedian, and Met favourite Diana Damrau is Rigoletto’s innocent daughter, Gilda. When she is seduced by the Duke, Rigoletto sets out on a tragic course of murderous revenge.

Štefan Kocán plays the assassin Sparafucile and Italian conductor Michele Mariotti is on the podium.

Rigoletto  is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

A Met Opera HD Live Encore screening of the 16 February 2013 broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

Duration 2 hours 30 minutes, including interval.

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