Luca Salsi, Benjamin Bernheim & Lisette Oropesa Lead Metropolitan Opera’s Rigoletto’

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera is set to revive Vedi’s “Rigoletto” for 14 performances.

The opera, which is set to run between Nov. 10 and Dec. 29, will showcase Benjamin Bernheim in his highly anticipated company debut as Duke. He will share the run with Stephen Costello.

Baritone Quinn Kelsey and soprano Rosa Feola will reprise their roles of Rigoletto and Gilda from last season. Lisette Oropesa and Luca Salsi will also perform as Gilda and Rigoletto, respectively.

The cast will be rounded out by mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, who makes her Met debut as Maddalena, and bass-baritone John Relyea who also makes his company role debut as Sparafucile. Michael Chioldi will also perform some shows as the title role which OperaWire praised stating, “Michael Chioldi Triumphed.”

Speranza Scappucci makes her Met debut on the podium, leading Bartlett Sher’s production.

“Rigoletto” will be broadcast live on Nov. 10 and 17 and Dec. 17 and 29 on the Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM Channel 355. The Dec. 17, 2022, performance will also be broadcast over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.