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Rigoletto (Dec. 7, 2013)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave

Heras-Casado; Yoncheva, Volkova, Polenzani, Hvorostovsky, Kocán

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 8 min.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky gives a memorable performance as Rigoletto, the tortured and disfigured comedian serving Matthew Polenzani’s casino-owning Duke (in Michael Mayer’s Las Vegas-set hit production). Sonya Yoncheva is Gilda, Rigoletto’s innocent daughter, whose love for the Duke leads to her tragic end. Oksana Volkova is a sensual Maddalena, Štefan Kocán delivers a powerful turn as Sparafucile, and rising maestro Pablo Heras-Casado conducts.