The Metropolitan Opera's matinee broadcasts return to Classical 90.5 at 11:00 this Saturday, December 7th, with a performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, set to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Le Roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo. The performance will be sung in Italian and will run approximately three hours and twenty minutes.
Television and film director Michael Mayer's production of Verdi's tragic masterpiece was one of the hits of the Met's 2012-13 season. Mayer's acclaimed staging is back this year with star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky singing the title role for the first time at the Met. Here Verdi's action is transported to the neon-lit world of Las Vegas in 1960 and the cynical Rigoletto serves as the sidekick and comedian to the licentious Duke, a singer and casino owner. Aleksandra Kurzak is Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda, in thrall to Matthew Polenzani's womanizing Duke. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts.