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5/1 – Gay Night at The Met Opera: RIGOLETTO set in 1960's Vegas

  • Metropolitan Opera 30 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY, 10023 United States (map)

Gay Night at The Metropolitan Opera

Verdi’s Rigoletto

Set in 1960’s Las Vegas

Wed 5/1, 7:30p Performance

Special Offer: Best Orchestra seat for only $95 with 2 complimentary glasses of Prosecco* (Value of ticket/drink package is $265)

or CLICK HERE and use promo code MENEVENTRIG

In Michael Mayer’s Met production, the action unfolds in Las Vegas in 1960, a time and place with surprising parallels to the decadent world of the original setting. 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. Written during the most fertile period of Verdi’s artistic life, the opera resonates with a universality that is frequently called Shakespearean. Victor Hugo’s 1832 play Le Roi s’Amuse, set at the court of King François I of France (circa 1520), is a blatant depiction of depraved authority. In adapting it, Verdi and Piave fought with the Italian censors and eventually settled on moving the story to the non-royal Renaissance court of Mantua, while holding firm on the core issues of the drama. CLICK HERE to learn more about the production

Vittorio Grigolo sings the Duke's Act III aria in the final dress rehearsal. Production: Michael Mayer. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti. 2018-19 season.

*Prosecco vouchers to be distributed before the show at the “Revlon Bar” on the Grand Tier, and then we will meet back at that bar at the first intermission for our own gay reception