Premieres Friday, June 17, 2022 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On demand with PBS Video App

Baritone Quinn Kelsey plays the title role at the Met for the first time, alongside the soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczala as Duke of Mantua. Maestro Daniele Rustioni directs Verdi’s timeless tragedy reset to 1920s Europe by the Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher. Varduhi Abrahamian plays Maddalena and Andrea Mastroni plays Sparafucile.


GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE “Rigoletto” MET premieres Friday, June 17 on PBS as part of #PBSForTheArts. Mezzo-soprano Isabelle Leonard hosts. The broadcast is part of Season 16 of GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET which includes 10 new operas.

“Cortigiani, vile razza dannata” from “Rigoletto”

The casting:

Piotr Beczała performs “La donna è mobile”

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

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Quinn Kelsey in the title role of Verdi

Courtesy of Ken Howard/Met Opera

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


GREAT PERFORMANCE AT THE MET is produced by the Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET group, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of opera lovers across the country. Directed for the screen by Gary Halvorson. For the Met: Mia Bongiovanni is the supervising producer and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are the producers. David Frost is a music producer and Pierre Gelb is an executive producer. For GREAT PERFORMANCES: Bill O’Donnell is the series producer; David Horn is an executive producer.

#PBSForTheArts is a cross-platform campaign that celebrates the arts in America. For more than 50 years, PBS has been the arts media destination, bringing dance, theater, opera, visual arts and concerts to Americans in every corner of the country. Previous GREAT PERFORMANCES programs include National Theater’s “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Interrupted Arts”, “Reopening: The Revival of Broadway” and “The driver.” The #PBSForTheArts program collection is available at and the PBS video app.


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