[Met Performance] CID:112850
Rigoletto {192} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/23/1933.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 23, 1933


RIGOLETTO {192}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Rigoletto...............Richard Bonelli
Gilda...................Lily Pons
Duke of Mantua..........Armand Tokatyan
Maddalena...............Gladys Swarthout
Sparafucile.............Tancredi Pasero
Monterone...............Alfredo Gandolfi
Borsa...................Giordano Paltrinieri
Marullo.................Millo Picco
Count Ceprano...........Paolo Ananian
Countess Ceprano........Elda Vettori
Giovanna................Philine Falco
Page....................Paolina Tomisani

Conductor...............Vincenzo Bellezza

Review signed "G" in Musical America

The season's third performance of "Rigoletto" took place on the evening of Jan. 23 with Richard Bonelli in the title role. This was Mr. Bonelli's first appearance in this part at the Metropolitan, and his performance was received with enthusiasm. He sang with great sincerity and warmth, and his dramatic characterization was convincing. Lily Pons returned to the Metropolitan stage after an absence of two weeks, due to illness, in the part of Gilda. She sang the brilliant coloratura music with her usual fine technique and clarity of execution. She was eagerly applauded. Armand Tokatyan replaced Giacomo Lauri-Volpi as the Duke. Other participants included Gladys Swarthout as Maddalena, Tancredi Pasero as Sparafucile, and Alfredo Gandolfi as Monterone. Lesser roles were sung by Mmes. Vettori, Tomisani and Falco, and Messrs. Picco, Paltrinieri and Ananian. The work was ably conducted by Vincenzo Bellezza.



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