[Met Performance] CID:139540
Rigoletto {261} Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts: 04/14/1945.

(Review)


Boston, Massachusetts
April 14, 1945


RIGOLETTO {261}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Rigoletto...............Leonard Warren
Gilda...................Josephine Antoine
Duke of Mantua..........Jan Peerce
Maddalena...............Bruna Castagna [Last performance]
Sparafucile.............Nicola Moscona
Monterone...............William Hargrave
Borsa...................Alessio De Paolis
Marullo.................George Cehanovsky
Count Ceprano...........John Baker
Countess Ceprano........Maxine Stellman
Giovanna................Thelma Altman
Page....................Thelma Altman

Conductor...............Cesare Sodero

Review of Cyrus Durgin in the Boston Globe

"Rigoletto"

The Metropolitan Opera Association ended its visit in Boston with a dynamic and excellent account of Verdi's "Rigoletto" at the Boston Opera House last night. As usual at these performances, the house was packed and vociferously cordial.

Like "Il Trovatore," "La Traviata" and certain other mainstays of the familiar Italian repertory, "Rigoletto" is sometimes taken for granted. Even then it survives on the strength of its melody, Verdi's occasionally dramatic orchestra and the melodramatic vitality of the Hugo play from which the opera was fashioned.

Last night such was far from the case. The Metropolitan gave us a decidedly musical and dramatic "Rigoletto" characterized by an affectingly emotional performance of the title role by Leonard Warren's admirable singing in general and conducting from Cesare Sodero that was among the best we have heard from him.

Mr. Warren really dominated the third act, which is Rigoletto's own but sometimes fails to be so. His acting, though powerful, never obscured the musicianly beauty of his vocalizing. Miss Antoine's Gilda, if a little shrill of tone in the "Caro nome" was vital and appealing. As the Duke, Mr. Peerce used to telling advantage his resonant tenor in the "Quest, 'o quella," "La donna e mobile" and other arias.

Miss Castagna's Maddalena and the Sparafucile of Mr. Moscona drew their share of plaudits. "Lassu in cielo," between Rigoletto and Gilda, sometimes omitted, was restored last night.



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