Monday 9 December 2013 at 19.00 GMT on BBC radio 3
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Verdi’s Rigoletto from the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
The new Met season opens with Verdi’s Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo’s play ‘Le Roi S’amuse’. The Duke of Mantua’s hunchbacked jester Rigoletto has raised his daughter Gilda in seclusion from the world. When Count Monterone’s daughter is seduced by the Duke, Rigoletto mocks him, causing Monterone to curse him. Then Gilda is also seduced by the Duke, and the curse begins to take terrible effect.
Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.
Link to BBC radio for programme, synopsis and photo gallery
Gilda ….. Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)
Maddalena ….. Oksana Volkova (contralto)
Duke of Mantua ….. Matthew Polenzani (tenor)
Rigoletto ….. Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)
Sparafucile ….. Stefan Kocán (bass)
Countess Ceprano ….. Wallis Giunta (Mezzo-soprano)
Giovanna ….. Maria Zifchak (Soprano)
Monterone ….. Robert Pomakov (Bass)
Borsa ….. Alexander Lewis (Tenor)
Marullo ….. Jeff Mattsey (Baritone)
Ceprano ….. David Crawford (Baritone)
Page ….. Catherine Choi (Soprano)
Guard ….. Earle Patriarco (Baritone)