March 8, 2017
This spring, Joseph Calleja returns to The Metropolitan Opera stage to star as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto. The production, featuring the famed Michael Mayer setting in 1960’s Las Vegas, also features Željko Lučić in the title role, Olga Peretyatko as Gilda, Štefan Kocán sings Sparafucile, and Nancy Fabiola Herrera is Maddalena. Performances take place April 19, 22 & 27, led by conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi.
“In his latest outing as the Duke in Rigoletto, Joseph Calleja proves himself to be the Brazil Of singers: he’s the tenor of the future, and always will be. The big, honeyed tone [is] the purest and most appealing Italianate sound since Pavarotti.” (The New Yorker)
Following his Rigoletto performances, Calleja joins an acclaimed roster of colleagues for The Metropolitan Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala Concert on May 7. Director and set designer Julian Crouch and projection designers 59 Productions set the stage for this unforgettable celebration, which also features the talents of Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, James Morris, Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce DiDonato, and many more. A formal dinner will also follow the concert – visit MetOpera.org for tickets and additional information.