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Rigoletto NYC Reviews and Tickets

(10 Reviews)
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Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense

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

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Member Reviews (10)

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706 Reviews | 200 Followers
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.

601 Reviews | 88 Followers
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

253 Reviews | 32 Followers
Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if Verdi's music and plot are as always amazing. However, there is something missing here. The acting did not gel and the period was not used

Don't see it if you expect top-notch everything from the Met. Perhaps it will come together as the production matures but now it feels lacking in passion

74 Reviews | 12 Followers
Epic, Confusing, Cliched, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Saw it with friends had a fun night in nyc

Don't see it if See it with friends otherwise skip the production

67 Reviews | 6 Followers
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like opera, or want to hear some beautiful familiar melodies in the original Italian in amazing luscious sets with a great story.

Don't see it if you don’t like opera or don’t feel like seeing a tragedy during a pandemic or need something uplifting.

40 Reviews | 8 Followers
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

25 Reviews | 2 Followers
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love opera or have never been to the opera. Never boring with some transcendent moments.

Don't see it if you don't like reading translations.

25 Reviews | 2 Followers
Masterful, Resonant, Riveting, Romantic, Epic

See it if you enjoy epic operas directed by the best directors Broadway has to offer

Don't see it if you do not like opeara

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
January 2nd, 2022

"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

"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

“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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January 2nd, 2022

"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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New York Classical Review
January 1st, 2022

"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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