Verdi’s timeless tragedy reset in 1920s Europe: “Rigoletto” on Great Performances at the Met – June 17 at 9 pm

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Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto

Premieres Friday, June 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS

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Quinn Kelsey in the title role of Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”

Baritone Quinn Kelsey portrays the title role at the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua. Maestro Daniele Rustioni leads Verdi’s timeless tragedy reset in 1920s Europe by Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher. Varduhi Abrahamyan plays Maddalena and Andrea Mastroni plays Sparafucile. Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto premieres Friday, June 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS as part of #PBSForTheArts. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard hosts. The broadcast is part of season 16 of Great Performances at the Met includes 10 new operas premiering monthly through November on PBS.

#PBSForTheArts is a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the arts in America. For more than 50 years, PBS has been the media destination for the arts, presenting dance, theater, opera, visual arts and concerts to Americans in every corner of the country. Previous Great Performances programs include Romeo & Juliet from the National Theatre, The Arts Interrupted, Reopening: The Broadway Revival and The Conductor. The collection of #PBSForTheArts programs is available at and the PBS Video app. Curated conversation and digital shorts are also available on PBS social media platforms using #PBSForTheArts.

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Andrea Mastroni as Sparafucile and Varduhi Abrahamyan as Maddalena in Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”



  • Quinn Kelsey – Rigoletto
  • Rosa Feola – Gilda
  • Piotr Beczala – Duke of Mantua
  • Craig Colclough – Monterone
  • Varduhi Abrahamyan – Maddalena
  • Andrea Mastroni – Sparafucile
  • Scott Sully – Borsa
  • Sylvia D’Eramo – Countess Ceprano
  • Christopher Job – Count Ceprano
  • Jeongcheol Cha – Marullo
  • Eve Gigliotti – Giovanna