FEB 12,16,19,23

MAR 1,6,9,15,20

APR 26

MAY 1,4,10

CONDUCTOR: Nicola Luisotti

GILDA: Nadine Sierra (FEB 12,16,19,23, MAR 1,6,9,15,20) / Rosa Feola (APR 26, MAY 1,4,10)

MADDALENA: Ramona Zaharia

DUKE OF MANTUA: Vittorio Grigolo (FEB 12,16,19,23, MAR 1) / Bryan Hymel (MAR 6,9,15,20, APR 26, MAY 1,4,10)

RIGOLETTO: Roberto Frontali (FEB 12,16,19,23, MAR 1,6,9,15,20) / George Gagnidze (APR 26, MAY 1,4,10)

SPARAFUCILE: Štefan Kocán (FEB 12,16,19,23, MAR 1,6,9,15,20) / Dimitry Ivashchenko (APR 26, MAY 1,4,10)

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Metropolitan Opera House LeftABOUT THE OPERA

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi – Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave – First performance: Venice, Teatro La Fenice, 11 March 1851

Staging the opera that Verdi would have defined the best thing he had written up till then – Rigoletto – was a difficult task. First, it was discarded by the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and, when it was decided to perform it in Venice, the project was to the point of failing due to the reservation of the censorship, which considered immoral the libretto. Only the insistence of the theatre director made possible unblock the situation and Rigoletto finally premiered at La Fenice on 11 March 1851. Based on Hugo’s Le Roi s’amuse, Rigoletto is however set in Mantua during the 16th century. Its plot centres on the story of the humiliating condition of a court jester at the service of a libertine Duke and whose only consolation is his daughter Gilda. After the young girl has been kidnapped and taken to the Duke, Rigoletto swears to take revenge for the offence having the Duke killed by the cutthroat Sparafucile, with the only result that his own daughter, who is still in love with the Duke, sacrifices her life to save him.