Your favorite theater will be showing this summer's blockbuster along with some of the most remarkable operas to be coming out of The Met. The Met Live in HD is rebroadcasting opera lover's favorites at you local movie theater. In North Texas, you'll be able to see these amazing performances beginning June 18th at Cinemark 17 at Webb Chapel, AMC Northpark Center, Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville, Plano's Cinemark 24 at Legacy and West Plano's Cinemark West. This is part of The Met's Summer Encore Series and these encores are shown on specific days at various movie times. Access the full list of movie theaters across the country.
Rigoletto is the first performance in this series. Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) moves the opera's tragic events from a decadent 16th-century Italian court to the glitzy, depraved setting of the Las Vegas strip circa 1960. With a 60's vibe watch as Polish tenor Piotr Beczala performs as the Duke, an amoral lounge singer whose entourage includes the world-weary comedian Rigoletto. Rigoletto is sung by Serbian baritone Željko Lučić. Gilda is sung by German soprano Diana Damrau, Rigoletto's daughter and the victim of the predatory Duke. Sparafucile, the assassin for hire is sung by Slovakian bass Stefan Kocan and Belarusian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova makes her Met debut as his seductive sister, Maddalena. One of the most famous arias in all of opera, ""La donna è mobile" is featured under the direction of Italian conductor Michele Mariotti.
As Rigoletto, Željko Lučić's "voice is big and penetrating, focused and true… His phrasing is supple and elegant," and Diana Damrau sings Gilda "radiantly, combining agile coloratura with plush, vibrant sound, the embodiment of youthful yearning and restlessness."—The New York Times
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