Premieres Friday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings)
Baritone Quinn Kelsey portrays the title role at the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua. Maestro Daniele Rustioni leads Verdi’s timeless tragedy reset in 1920s Europe by Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher. Varduhi Abrahamyan plays Maddalena and Andrea Mastroni plays Sparafucile. Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto premieres Friday, June 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of #PBSForTheArts. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard hosts. The broadcast is part of season 16 of Great Performances at the Met includes 10 new operas premiering monthly through November on PBS (check local listings).
#PBSForTheArts is a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the arts in America. For more than 50 years, PBS has been the media destination for the arts, presenting dance, theater, opera, visual arts and concerts to Americans in every corner of the country. Previous Great Performances programs include Romeo & Juliet from the National Theatre, The Arts Interrupted, Reopening: The Broadway Revival and The Conductor. The collection of #PBSForTheArts programs is available at pbs.org/arts and the PBS Video app. Curated conversation and digital shorts are also available on PBS social media platforms using #PBSForTheArts.
- Quinn Kelsey – Rigoletto
- Rosa Feola – Gilda
- Piotr Beczala – Duke of Mantua
- Craig Colclough – Monterone
- Varduhi Abrahamyan – Maddalena
- Andrea Mastroni – Sparafucile
- Scott Sully – Borsa
- Sylvia D’Eramo – Countess Ceprano
- Christopher Job – Count Ceprano
- Jeongcheol Cha – Marullo
- Eve Gigliotti – Giovanna
- Isabel Leonard – Host
- Daniele Rustioni – Conductor
- Giuseppe Verdi – Composer
- Bartlett Sher – Production
- Catherine Zuber – Costume Designer
- Michael Yeargan – Set Designer
- Donald Holder – Lighting Designer
Great Performances at the Met is produced by the Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of opera fans across the country. Rigoletto is directed for the screen by Gary Halvorson. For the Met: Mia Bongiovanni is Supervising Producer and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. David Frost is Music Producer and Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances: Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.
Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers. For Great Performances, funding is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, and Jody and John Arnhold.