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Michael Mayer’s production of Verdi’s masterpiece opened in January 2013, with Diana Damrau, Piotr Beczala, and Željko Lučić in the leading roles. It returns to the stage in November with an all-new cast. Here are some images from the premiere run.
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Mayer’s staging, featuring set and lighting design by Christine Jones and Kevin Adams, moves the action from 16th-century Mantua to neon-lit Las Vegas in 1960.
In his casino, the Duke (Piotr Beczala) delivers his first aria as a show number…
…then flirts with the Countess Ceprano (Emalie Savoy).
Rigoletto (Željko Lučić) is the Duke’s sidekick and comedian.
In disguise as a poor student, the womanizing Duke (Piotr Beczala) declares his love for Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda (Diana Damrau).
The hitman Sparafucile (Štefan Kocán) offers his services to Rigoletto.
Rigoletto (Željko Lučić) reflects on the similarities between the killer’s methods and his own doings as a comedian.
A scene from Act II, set in the Duke’s penthouse apartment
Željko Lučić as Rigoletto and Diana Damrau as Gilda
Act III is set in a seedy club on the outskirts of Las Vegas, where the Duke (Piotr Beczala) meets Maddalena (Oksana Volkova), as Rigoletto and Gilda observe them from outside.
Rigoletto discovers his dying daughter in the trunk of a car.
Željko Lučić as Rigoletto
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