Author: Clasart Classic

Clasart Classic presents two outstanding productions of Verdi’s masterpieces.

  • Matthew Polenzani in the title role of Verdi’s DON CARLOS | Copyright: © Zenith Richards / Met Opera

    Matthew Polenzani in the title role of Verdi’s DON CARLOS © Zenith Richards / Met Opera

  • Quinn Kelsey in the title role of Verdi’s RIGOLETTO | Copyright: © Paola Kudacki / Met Opera

    Quinn Kelsey in the title role of Verdi’s RIGOLETTO © Paola Kudacki / Met Opera

For the first time in company history, the Metropolitan Opera presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s DON CARLOS in a striking new production by David McVicar. The epic opera tells the story of doomed love amongst royals during the Spanish Inquisition, with conductor Patrick Furrer leading an all-star principal cast. Tenor Matthew Polenzani sings the title role, with soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Eboli. Bass-baritones Eric Owens and John Relyea are Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor, and baritone Étienne Dupuis rounds out the principal cast as Rodrigue.

“A spectacularly realized vision of Verdi’s sprawling masterwork” (The Washington Post)

The Metropolitan Opera rang in the year 2022 with an acclaimed new staging of Verdi’s classic tragedy RIGOLETTO by director Bartlett Sher. Conductor Daniele Rustioni takes the podium to lead a cast starring Quinn Kelsey in his Met role debut as the tragic jester Rigoletto, Rosa Feola as his sheltered daughter Gilda, and Piotr Beczała as the licentious Duke of Mantua. Varduhi Abrahamyan makes her Met debut as Maddalena, and Andrea Mastroni is Sparafucile. Sher and his Tony Award-winning creative team, have set the drama in 1920s Europe, featuring opulent Art Deco sets and elegant costumes.

“Incandescent performances … Kelsey found unusual nuance in Rigoletto, both as singerand actor … Gripping theatrical and vocal moments” (Wall Street Journal)

Production year 2022
Production Company The Metropolitan Opera



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