Verdi 200: Rigoletto
The Met’s new season opens with Verdi’s Rigoletto
Based on Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s’amuse, Verdi’s three-act opera tells of a court jester deceived as he tries to protect his daughter. Placed under a curse and ridiculed for his hunched back, he fails to protect her from seduction, heartbreak and – ultimately – murder.
The Metropolitan Opera places the opera’s 1851 plot in the Las Vegas of 1960. The Duke is the owner of a casino and Rigoletto, his hunchbacked sidekick and part-time comedian. It is the Arab tycoon Monterone who curses Rigoletto after Rigoletto ridicules him for renouncing the duke’s advances on his own daughter.
This production stars baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Rigoletto, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as his daughter Gilda and Matthew Polenzani in the role of the Duke. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts.