Thu December 5, 2013
Met Returns with "Rigoletto," Saturday
Saturday at noon hear the Metropolitan Opera return to IPR with Verdi's Rigoletto. Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, says the New York Times, brings "tragic stature" to the "oppressed" title character; he "claims this role on his own terms, infusing phrases with dusky richness and shaping melodic lines with elegance." As his daughter, Irina Lungu conveys "restlessness and sensual yearning" with a voice of "bloom and warmth." Matthew Polenzani is the Duke, and the 35-year-old Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado makes what the Times calls "an auspicious Met debut" with "an engrossing account of this great Verdi score."