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The Met: Live in HD Returns to the Clark with Rigoletto

For Immediate Release

February 08, 2013

Williamstown, MA—A modern twist on Verdi’s classic Rigoletto comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as part of its Met: Live in HD series on Saturday, February 16 at 12:55 pm. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

Rising Italian conductor Michele Mariotti leads the new production of Rigoletto, seen in a new staging by the Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer in his Met debut. Mayer’s approach transports the story from sixteenth-century Italy to Las Vegas in 1960, with a cast led by Željko Lucic in the title role, Diana Damrau as his daughter, Gilda, Piotr Beczala as the Duke of Mantua, Štefan Kocán as the assassin Sparafucile, and Oksana Volkova in her Met debut as Sparafucile’s seductive sister, Maddalena. The fast-paced storyline involves everything from seduction and abduction to murder and revenge.

“I’ve tried to imagine a recent world that captures the decadence of the Duke’s palace, where the participants are in pursuit of power, money, and beauty,” Mayer says. “Las Vegas in the ’60s is such a world, where a kind of prankster energy could go bad—it’s the epitome of the kinds of events that happen in Rigoletto.

Approximate running time is 180 minutes.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

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Press contact:

Amanda Powers
apowers@clarkart.edu
413 458 0471

 

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The Met: Live in HD Returns to the Clark with Rigoletto

February 16, 2013
12:55 pm

The Met: Live in HD series returns to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, February 16 at 12:55 pm with a production of Rigoletto. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). Approximate running time is 180 minutes.

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