[Met Performance] CID:10310
Rigoletto {6} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/23/1891.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 23, 1891


RIGOLETTO {6}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Rigoletto...............Eduardo Camera
Gilda...................Emma Albani
Duke of Mantua..........Enrico Giannini-Grifoni
Maddalena...............Jane De Vigne
Sparafucile.............Jules Vinché
Monterone...............Lodovico Viviani
Borsa...................Antonio Rinaldini
Marullo.................Antonio De Vaschetti
Count Ceprano...........Giuseppe Cernusco
Countess Ceprano........Ida Klein
Giovanna................Mathilde Bauermeister

Conductor...............Auguste Vianesi

Review of Henry Krehbiel in the New York Tribune

Verdi's "Rigoletto" was chosen by Messrs. Abbey and Grau as the opera in which Mme. Albani should make her first appearance in New York this season. The local history of "Rigoletto" has been full of unhappiness of late years and it cannot be truthfully said that last night's performance heightened the record materially. Mme. Albani is an artist who always commands respect for the earnestness and intelligence of her efforts. Her wisdom in retaining the role of Gilda in her repertory is questionable. Neither in appearance nor in voice is she able longer to produce the illusion of youthfulness and emotional ardor inherent in the part. The delight which she gives comes from a recognition of her artistic knowledge and devotion rather than the sensuous charm of her singing. Last night these qualities were thrown into a bright light by contrast with the viciousness which marked the singing of all her colleagues, except the choristers, who quite redeemed some of their doleful work last week. The principal singers besides Mme. Albani were Signor Giannini (II Duca), Mlle. de Vigne (Maddalena), Signor Camera (Rigoletto), and Mons. Vinche (Sparafucile). In the case of all of these, save Mlle. de Vigne, the vocal wobble was so persistently used as to suggest the image of an organ with its tremulent stop drawn and the knob broken off. The tenor and contralto were both substitutes, the former for Signor Valero, who was to have effected his first appearance, the latter for Mme. Scalchi. Both of these singers are ill.




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