Rigoletto
Opens Sep 30 2h 45m
Rigoletto
84

Rigoletto NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(34 Ratings)
Positive
94%
Mixed
3%
Negative
3%
Members say
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing, Enchanting

About the Show

A bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy from Bartlett Sher. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (34)

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91 Reviews | 11 Followers
99
Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Quinn Kelsey, Rosa Feola are exceptional, staging is innovative and the music is sublime.

Don't see it if If you think you don't like opera, give this one a try, but get good seats and read the subtitles (they help!)

148 Reviews | 34 Followers
95
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Verdi’s operas, interested in seeing non-classical settings, appreciate sweeping and magnificent staging and fantastic singers.

Don't see it if You are put off by different setting interpretation (Weimar Germany) , that doesn’t seamlessly translate from 16th century Italy setting

414 Reviews | 96 Followers
93
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Outstanding in all regards, staging, beautiful voices, costumes, acting and orchestra. Not to be missed. Riveting production in all regards.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see this wonderful production.

812 Reviews | 133 Followers
91
Wonderful and beautiful music, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like operatic music at its melodic and vocal best. Verdi wrote some of his most beautiful music for this opera. Great singers cast.

Don't see it if you don't like any kind of opera. If you haven't gone to an opera before read the synopsis and La Donna e Mobile yourself over to the Met. Read more

118 Reviews | 48 Followers
90
Intense, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like opera from the canon beautifully staged and performed.

Don't see it if you don't like opera. Read more

1207 Reviews | 345 Followers
89
Refreshing, Intense, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you love this melodic music and would enjoy hearing it in a new setting that is well-staged and costumed.

Don't see it if you do not like long operas that tell a simple story.

446 Reviews | 56 Followers
88
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Classic Verdi. Much improved production. Met Orchestra always sublime.

Don't see it if No reason not to

242 Reviews | 31 Followers
85
Classic, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see a classic. Great stage, costumes and orchestra. A simple linear story.

Don't see it if Almost 3 hours

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
November 11th, 2022
For a previous production

"The gravitational pull of 'Rigoletto’s' moral calamity was no match for Bernheim’s Duke, who, operating on another plane afforded him by wealth and position, ignored any force that tried to contain him."
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The New York Times
January 2nd, 2022
For a previous production

"Critic's Pick!...If shifting the opera’s setting from Renaissance Italy to 1920s Berlin was not entirely convincing, this was still a detailed, dramatic staging, full of insights into the characters. The chorus and orchestra excelled under the conducting of Daniele Rustioni, who led a lean, transparent performance that balanced urgency and lyricism."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 21st, 2022
For a previous production

"There may be a constant low-grade panic coursing through the house, but it wasn’t evident onstage, where Michael Yeargan’s slow-twirling set (slipping from gaudy castle to dank house to dive), a chorus of thuggish courtiers, Donald Holder’s nimble lighting, and that perpetually awkward stage business involving a burlap sack all clicked smoothly along. Conductor Daniele Rustioni kept the orchestra sounding effervescent and fleet, honoring that unquenchably Verdian mixture of nastiness and entertainment. Sher and Rustioni made it clear they understand that, despite all the humiliation the title character endures and the ranging vindictiveness it triggers, Rigoletto is a tragedy that brings audiences joy."
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The Wall Street Journal
January 3rd, 2022
For a previous production

“Rigoletto” is a barn-burner—you have to gallop along with the sexism, violence and sentimentality in order for it to work. In this production, despite some gripping theatrical and vocal moments, the all-consuming sense of tragedy was missing."
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BroadwayWorld
January 2nd, 2022
For a previous production

"While I was a fan of the "Rat Pack" production that preceded it--I know many weren't--I was ready to see what the Tony-Award winning director had up his sleeve. What followed was disappointing, despite some creditable singing and smooth, involved orchestral playing under Daniele Rustioni, with much blame I thought, going to Sher."
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November 17th, 2022
For a previous production

"What’s left to say, but that vocally this was some of the finest casts that the Met has assembled for a production this season. And it’s definitely worth checking out."
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New York Classical Review
January 1st, 2022
For a previous production

"There’s a strong case to be made that Rigoletto is a proto-Brecht drama, and certainly the actual features of the Weimar Republic could be a compelling setting for the opera. It’s a shame such an excellent cast is fronting a new production that comes off as an empty bill of goods."
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