Rigoletto

GP at the Met: Rigoletto

Interview with Dramaturg Paul Cremo

Paul Cremo of the Metropolitan Opera tells us what it’s like to be a dramaturg and the specific challenges and rewards of modernizing the titles for Michael Mayer’s new production of Rigoletto,  set in 1960s Las Vegas, which some audience members are calling the “Rat Pack Rigoletto.” What is a dramaturg? Most US opera houses […]

GP at the Met: Rigoletto

Act 1 Duet

The Act 1 Duet at the final dress rehearsal of “Rigoletto” with Diana Damrau as Gilda and Zeljko Lucic as Rigoletto. “Rigoletto” airs on Great Performances at the Met Friday, May 17 at 9 p.m.

GP at the Met: Rigoletto

“Caro nome”

Diana Damrau performs “Caro nome” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto” which airs on Great Performances at the Met Friday, May 17 at 9 p.m.

GP at the Met: Rigoletto

“Questa o quella”

Piotr Beczala performs the Duke’s aria from Act I of Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” “Rigoletto” airs on Great Performances at the Met Friday, May 17 at 9 p.m.

About the Opera

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) makes his Met debut with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. The new staging moves the opera’s tragic events from a decadent 16th-century Italian court to the glitzy, depraved setting of the Las Vegas strip circa 1960, and airs on Great Performances at the Met Friday, May 17 […]

Rigoletto from Mantua

Full Episode

Directed by Marco Bellocchio, Rigoletto from Mantua stars Placido Domingo in the baritone title role of Rigoletto; Julia Novikova as his innocent daughter Gilda; Vittorio Grigolo as the womanizing Duke; and Ruggero Raimondi as the assassin Sparafucile. The film is recorded in in the Renaissance splendor of Mantua, Italy, in the actual places and hours […]

Rigoletto from Mantua

“La Donna e Mobile”

In this clip from Rigoletto from Mantua, a filmic adaptation of the opera starring Placido Domingo,  tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the womanizing Duke of Mantua sings the well known classic canzone, “La Donna e Mobile,” known as showcase for operatic tenors. Rigoletto from Mantua airs July 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET on PBS (check local […]

Rigoletto from Mantua

About the Operatic Film

Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto – recorded in high definition in the Renaissance splendor of Mantua, Italy, in the actual places and hours of the day specified in the libretto– was broadcast live around the world, or as close as time zones would allow, on September 4 and 5, 2010. Now, that critically acclaimed broadcast – hailed […]