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‘Rigoletto’ screening

July 11, 2014 · Updated 3:30 PM

“Rigoletto.” / Contributed photo

The setting is Las Vegas 1960 for a tale of power, vice and corruption in the Metropolitan Opera’s smashing contemporary production of Verdi’s masterwork, “Rigoletto.” This screening at Orcas Center Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. kicks off the 2014 Summer Encore series.

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”) makes his Met debut with a new production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” 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.

The boyishly exuberant tenor Piotr Beczala plays the Duke, an amoral lounge singer, as a Frank Sinatra-like playboy in a stylish white tuxedo. He grabs a microphone, fake, of course, and then sings the aria “Questa o quella” to a rowdy, decadent crowd at the Duke’s gaudy casino.

The Duke’s  entourage includes the world-weary comedian Rigoletto, sung by Serbian baritone Željko Lučić. German soprano Diana Damrau sings the role of the innocent Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter and the victim of the predatory Duke.

This Verdi masterwork features one of the most famous arias in all of opera, “La donna è mobile.”

Tickets for Rigoletto from The Met: Live in HD Summer Encores are $18 for adults, $13 for students, $2 off for Orcas Center members, and may be purchased at www.orcascenter.org or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Orcas Center Box Office open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 pm.


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