LPCA presents ‘Rigoletto’ from The Met Saturday

LAKE PLACID – Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer makes his Met debut with a new production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” which will be transmitted as an encore presentation to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The new staging moves the opera’s tragic events from a decadent 16th-century Italian court to the glitzy, depraved setting of the Las Vegas strip circa 1960.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for LPCA members and $12 for students 18 and under. Themed Box Lunches from Saranac Sourdough are available to order at the Box Office prior to the performance and will be delivered for intermission. Call LPCA at 518-523-2512 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Polish tenor Piotr Beczala sings the Duke, an amoral lounge singer whose entourage includes the world-weary comedian Rigoletto, sung by Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic. German soprano Diana Damrau sings the role of the innocent Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter and the victim of the predatory Duke. Slovakian bass tefan Kocn sings the assassin-for-hire Sparafucile and Belarusian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova makes her Met debut as his seductive sister, Maddalena. Italian conductor Michele Mariotti conducts his first company performances of the Verdi masterwork, which features one of the most famous arias in all of opera, “La donna e mobile.”