Rigoletto - Live in HD (Blu-Ray) - Met Opera

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Rigoletto - Live in HD (Blu-Ray) - Met Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Director: Michael Mayer
Piotr Beczala
Zeljko Lucic
Diana Damrau
Orchestra:  The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region: Region A/1
Run Time: 161 minutes

Available on Blu-Ray, the Met Opera’s Live in HD production of Verdi’s Rigoletto features Piotr Beczala, Željko Lucic, and Diana Damrau. Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960, -- an ideal setting for this eternal conflict of depravity and innocence.

“Piotr Beczala was a perfect duke, singing with style and the smiling assurance of a guy who knows he looks good in a dinner jacket.” - Bloomberg.com

“Piotr Beczala as the Duke was a breezy, sleazy leader of the Rat Pack, a Frank Sinatra-type lurching from bender to hookup. His arias were winning and convincing ...” - Washington Times

“[Piotr Beczala is] one of today’s most exciting young singers . . . Tall, trim and handsome, with a Hollywood smile, he also emits some of the most beautiful sounds to be heard on the current opera stage.“ - Opera News


One of the most popular operas in the repertoire, Verdi’s riveting drama was first seen in 1851 at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice. Together with his next two works, Il Trovatore and La Traviata, it formed the basis for the composer’s lasting success. For his new production, director Michael Mayer has moved the action from 16th-century Mantua to 1960s Las Vegas: “I tried to imagine a recent world that captures the decadence of the Duke’s palace, where the participants are in pursuit of power, money, and beauty,” he says. Las Vegas in the ’60s is such a world, where a kind of prankster energy could go bad.”

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