A dramatic journey of undeniable force, Rigoletto was immensely popular from its premiere and remains fresh and powerful to this day.
The story, based on a controversial play by Victor Hugo, tells of an outsider—a hunchbacked jester—who struggles to balance the dueling elements of beauty and evil that exist in his life.
Here, Verdi’s tragic jester returns in Michael Mayer’s neon-bedecked, Las Vegas–themed production.
Baritones Roberto Frontali and George Gagnidze share the title role, and soprano Nadine Sierra reprises her portrayal of Gilda, the role that helped launch her now-blossoming Met career. Tenors Vittorio Grigolo, Francesco Demuro, Matthew Polenzani, and Stephen Costello share the role of the lascivious Duke, and Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto
February 12 - May 10
Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Carnegie Hall: Chinese New Year Spectacular V
The Fifth Annual Chinese New Year Spectacular will celebrate The Year of the Pig with a program that blends both Chinese and American cultures. In addition to Chopin, Puccini and Strauss, this event will also feature He Zhanhao/Chen Gang, Zheng Qiufeng, and Jianzhong Wang.
7:30 p.m. Friday, February 15
Zankel Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Jie Chen, piano; Quan Chen, soprano; William Weimin Cai, tenor; Deni Bonet, violin; Simon Mulligan, piano
New York Philharmonic: Beethoven and Schumann
Pianist Stephen Hough returns to the New York Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, two years after his “richly poetic and pensive” (The New York Times) performance of Beethoven’s final concerto. And Thomas Dausgaard conducts his acclaimed interpretation of Nielsen’s Helios Overture and his rendition of Schumann’s Second Symphony.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 14; 11 a.m. Friday, February 15; 8 p.m. Saturday, February 16
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center, New York, NY 10023
Stephen Hough, piano; Thomas Dausgaard, conductor; New York Philharmonic