Broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, February 16th, with a performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, with a libretto in Italian by Francesco Maria Piave, after Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse. The performance will run approximately three hours and thirty minutes. Michele Mariotti conducts.

It’s every parent’s nightmare. The child you adore falls victim to an alluring predator who isn't what he claims to be. Verdi's powerful tragedy explores the dark side within us all through one of his most compelling characters, the court jester whose rage inspires coldblooded revenge...and one of the most chilling final scenes in all of opera.

THE CAST
Gilda: Diana Damrau
Maddalena: Oksana Volkova
Duke of Mantua: Piotr Beczala
Rigoletto: Zeljko Lucic
Sparafucile: Stefan Kocán