Thursday February 14, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Presentations of The Met: Live in HD continue this weekend at the Latchis Theatre with a new production of Verdi’s "Rigoletto," transmitted live to the Latchis Theatre on Saturday at 1 p.m., with an encore on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer makes his Met debut. The new staging 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.

Polish tenor Piotr Beczala sings the Duke, an amoral lounge singer whose entourage includes the world-weary comedian Rigoletto, sung by Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic. German soprano Diana Damrau sings the role of the innocent Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter and the victim of the predatory Duke. Slovakian bass Stefan Kocán sings the assassin-for-hire Sparafucile and Belarusian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova makes her Met debut as his seductive sister, Maddalena. Italian conductor Michele Mariotti conducts his first company performances of the Verdi masterwork.

Running time is approximately 182 minutes, including two intermissions. Host is Renée Fleming.

Tickets are $26, $24 for Met Forever members. All tickets on Sunday are $24.

For ticket information, call 802-254-1109, ext. 4 and order tickets via Sharry J. Manning (leave message for her to return the call), or call Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or via www.brattleborotix.com.