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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: VERDI’s ‘RIGOLETTO’

PBS, 9 p.m. ET (Check local listings); 5/17/2013 

This new Michael Meyers production transplants the action of Verdi’s opera from 16th-century Mantua to 20th-century Nevada – specifically, to Las Vegas of the Rat Pack 1960s era. (Maybe this version should be called Rig-a-Lotto.) The production, which opened in January, is conducted by Michele Mariotti, and stars Diana Damrau, Piotr Beczala and Zeljko Lucic. Man, am I happy I didn’t have to read that sentence on the radio…

-David Bianculli