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The Met Live in HD: RIGOLETTO (Verdi), with pre-opera talk by Dr. Morton Achter

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

January 29
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Pre-opera talks begin at 11:45 AM, and the operas begin at 1 PM. Following the broadcast, there will be a brief “post-opera” discussion about what you have just seen, for those who wish to stay on.

Tony Award­–winning director Bartlett Sher creates a bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy, resetting the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua, with leading maestro Daniele Rustioni on the podium.

Daniele Rustioni (Conductor); Rosa Feola (Gilda), Varduhi Abrahamyan (Maddalena), Piotr Beczała (Duke of Mantua), Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto), Andrea Mastroni (Sparafucile)

Bartlett Sher (Production), Michael Yeargan (Set Designer), Catherine Zuber (Costume Designer), Donald Holder (Lighting Designer)

Estimated Run Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes (w/ two 30 minute intermissions)

RIGOLETTO pre-opera talk:  “Rigoletto Returns”  at 11:45 AM

Arguably Verdi’s masterpiece among his many masterworks, this new production of Rigoletto moves back in time from Las Vegas in the 1960s (the Met’s somewhat controversial previous version of the opera which premiered in 2013) to an Art Deco world of the 1920s. Will it work?

This is the twelfth season of The Met: Live in HD for which Morton Achter, a resident of  Topsham and formerly of New Harbor, will present a series of pre-opera talks prior to selected broadcasts at the Lincoln Theater.  A retired college professor, Dr. Achter has taught about, produced, and directed opera and related stage genres for over sixty years. Educated at the Eastman School of Music and M.I.T., and holding a Ph.D. in music and theater history from the University of Michigan, locally he has directed productions for the Lincoln County Community Theater, River Company, Round Top Center for the Arts, and Bath’s Chocolate Church Arts Center.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Midcoast Senior College in Brunswick, and has offered music-related courses for the organization since 2010.