Michael Mayer’s production of Verdi’s masterpiece opened in January 2013, with Diana Damrau, Piotr Beczala, and Željko Lučić in the leading roles. It returns to the stage in November with an all-new cast. Here are some images from the premiere run.

 

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  • Mayer’s staging, featuring set and lighting design by Christine Jones and Kevin Adams, moves the action from 16th-century Mantua to neon-lit Las Vegas in 1960.

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • In his casino, the Duke (Piotr Beczala) delivers his first aria as a show number…

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • …then flirts with the Countess Ceprano (Emalie Savoy).

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • Rigoletto (Željko Lučić) is the Duke’s sidekick and comedian.

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • In disguise as a poor student, the womanizing Duke (Piotr Beczala) declares his love for Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda (Diana Damrau).

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • The hitman Sparafucile (Štefan Kocán) offers his services to Rigoletto.

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • Rigoletto (Željko Lučić) reflects on the similarities between the killer’s methods and his own doings as a comedian.

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • A scene from Act II, set in the Duke’s penthouse apartment

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • Željko Lučić as Rigoletto and Diana Damrau as Gilda

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • Act III is set in a seedy club on the outskirts of Las Vegas, where the Duke (Piotr Beczala) meets Maddalena (Oksana Volkova), as Rigoletto and Gilda observe them from outside.

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • Rigoletto discovers his dying daughter in the trunk of a car.

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
  • Željko Lučić as Rigoletto

    Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera