Are you ready for "Rigoletto" set in Las Vegas of the Rat Pack days? The Duke is transformed into a Sinatra type playboy singing with a (fake) microphone in this mecca of decadence, power, money, and sex. Even the libretto is updated. The New York Times cites the example "My sights are set on a swingin' girl, so hop on, Baby, let's take that whirl" which is a "very hip, finger snappy, Rat Pack way of saying it." So we are in for an exciting experiment. You can decide for yourselves if it worked or not. The critics are mostly positive.
The Duke is sung by Piotr Beczala, Rigoletto by Zeljko Lucic, Gilda, his daughter, by Diana Damrau, Maddalena by Oksana Volkova and Sparafucile by Stefan Kocan. Michele Mariotti is the conductor. Looking forward to seeing you there. Gisela=