So Barbara Leder did not close her eyes after all.
A couple of days before she went to watch “Rigoletto” at the Metropolitan Opera — the “Rat Pack” version set in 1960 by the director Michael Mayer, with a Dean Martin-esque Duke in a dinner jacket — she said it was wrong to reimagine “Rigoletto” in Las Vegas, with the neon frenzy of a casino in the opening scene. The third time she brought it up, her daughter, Marilyn Ruby, said: “Mom, you can always just close your eyes. The music’s the same.”
But by skipping the see-no-evil approach, she could say this when the curtain calls were over:
“I didn’t especially like the pole dancer. A pole dancer does not belong in ‘Rigoletto.’ ”
At least Ms. Leder, an 82-year-old opera lover from Minneapolis, could check off one important item on her wish list: going to the Metropolitan Opera.
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