Music by

G. Verdi

Metropolitan Opera

New York, NY

Saturday April 13, 2013 - 8:30 PM
Tuesday April 16, 2013 - 8:00 PM
Saturday April 20, 2013 - 8:30 PM
Wednesday April 24, 2013 - 7:30 PM
Saturday April 27, 2013 - 8:30 PM
Wednesday May 1, 2013 - 7:30 PM


Duke of Mantua  Vittorio Grigolo
Rigoletto  George Gagnidze
Gilda  Lisette Oropesa
Maddalena  Nancy Fabiola Herrera
Sparafucile  Enrico Giuseppe Iori


Marco Armiliato


Michael Mayer


Kevin Adams

Set Designer

Christine Jones


Steven Hoggett


Susan Hilferty


Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960—an ideal setting for this eternal conflict of depravity and innocence. In this production, inspired by the antics of the Rat Pack.


In darkest Vegas

Oropesa also has, perhaps more noticably for some, a pure light lyric soprano that is as balanced and classically expressive as recent decades have seen.

—  JSU  •  An Unamplified Voice

This duke is on fire in 'Rigoletto'

Still, as Gilda, Lisette Oropesa offered a pearly “Caro nome” in her poised soprano

—  James Jorden  •  New York Post

Metropolitan Opera Review - Rigoletto: Oropesa, Grigolo, Gagnidze Give Winning Performances In Vegas

Oropesa's "Caro Nome" was one of, if not the highlight, of the evening

—  David Salazar  •  Latinos Post

A Shy Rat Pack, Longer on Volume Than on Vim

And Lisette Oropesa was a Gilda who invited tenderness. Her pure, smooth soprano and alert presence were both endearing

—  Zachary Woolfe  •  New York Times

Score Desk for RIGOLETTO

Her '"Caro nome" was exquisite, a perfectly lovely arc of tonal radiance and dynamic nuance, climaxing with an incredible trill. All evening the soprano produced one beautiful phrase after another, with impeccable musicianship and with the character's vulnerability and ultimate resolve finely delineated in both the words and the colours of the voice.

—  Oberon  •  Oberon's Grove

Rigoletto at the Met, Spring Cast

Lisette Oropesa was a compelling Gilda, with beautiful coloratura and purity of tone.

—  Luiz Gazzola  •  Opera Lively

Performance History

Lisette has given 61 performances as Gilda.