We went to see Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera last year and we were very underwhelmed. It felt uninspired and too safe.
So we went Monday night to the Met to see their new production of Verdi's timeless Rigoletto with low to moderate expectations. And we were BLOWN AWAY!!!!
This is not your mother's opera!
Check out a song from the show above!
MANY liberties were taken with this production, helmed by Broadway director Michael Mayer. MM transported the show and set it in Las Vegas in the 1960s, and with that simple yet brilliant decision he injected this new Rigoletto with ten shots of adrenaline!
The entire cast seemed to be having so much FUN! And that score is just sooooooo good! From beginning to end!
The set design, Christine Jones, was stunning!
And while Dmitri Hvorotsky did a great job as the titular character, it is Irina Lungu and Matthew Polenzani who steal the show with their electric performances as the star-crossed lovers. Their duets in Act 1 were some of THE MOST THRILLING theatrical moments we have ever experienced!
The Met's new production of Rigoletto is a show (probably purposefully designed this way) that will appeal to the masses. And it is a show that must be seen!
We are still FEELING it!!!