[Met Performance] CID:1250
Rigoletto {2} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/30/1883.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 30, 1883


RIGOLETTO {2}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Rigoletto...............Giuseppe Del Puente
Gilda...................Marcella Sembrich
Duke of Mantua..........Roberto Stagno
Maddalena...............Sofia Scalchi
Sparafucile.............Franco Novara
Monterone...............Achille Augier
Borsa...................Amadeo Grazzi
Marullo.................Ludovico Contini
Count Ceprano...........Baldassare Corsini
Countess Ceprano........Miss Genetti
Giovanna................Imogene Forti
Page....................Grace Goldini

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

Review in The New York Times:

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

At the Metropolitan Opera House last night "Rigoletto" was given for the second time. The cast was the same as on the previous occasion with the substitution of Signor Del Puente for Signor Guadagnini in the title role. The performance, considered in its entirety, was very good, and was witnessed with many signs of appreciation by the large audience. Sembrich's Gilda has been before described. It is sufficient to say now that it lacked last night none of the remarkable brilliancy which has been noticed previously. Her rendering of "Caro nome" was, perhaps, a trifle more dazzling than it was before. The rapid ornamental passages were sung with charming purity and astonishing ease, and, in closing, she soared away to an upper E, which quite carried the audience away. Signor Del Puente was forcible as Rigoletto and sang the music with expression and at times with power. Signor Stagno was a nonchalant sort of Duke, who seemed not to care much whether he succeeded in love or vocalization. He continued to sing some of his music considerably off the pitch. Signor Novara was acceptable as Sparafucile, and Mme. Scalchi made an important part of Maddalena. The orchestra was, as usual, noisy.



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