[Met Performance] CID:143930
Rigoletto {274} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/7/1947.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 7, 1947


RIGOLETTO {274}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Rigoletto...............Leonard Warren
Gilda...................Mimi Benzell
Duke of Mantua..........Richard Tucker
Maddalena...............Lucielle Browning
Sparafucile.............Nicola Moscona
Monterone...............Osie Hawkins
Borsa...................Leslie Chabay
Marullo.................George Cehanovsky
Count Ceprano...........John Baker
Countess Ceprano........Maxine Stellman
Giovanna................Thelma Altman
Page....................Irene Jordan

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


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Tucker Sings in Tagliavini's Place

Though the inability of Ferruccio Tagliavini to sing in last night's performance of "Rigoletto" at the Metropolitan was amply advertised, the house was full to its capacity for the performance. Richard Tucker was heard as the Duke, and another substitution found Mimi Benzell singing Gilda in place of Patrice Munsel.

The dominating figure of the evening was Leonard Warren, singing a Rigoletto of imposing vocal strength and much more subtlety than in the past. The superb flow and richness of Warren's voice are notable, and he has worked hard to augment an acting ability by no means innate. Tucker's Duke was thoroughly creditable, though his vice lacks brilliance. However, it was soundly used in the interests of an impersonation intelligently organized, and not without temperament.

Miss Benzell had the misfortune to lose control of her high off-stage "E" at the end of "Caro nome," to the accompaniment of an audible gasp from the initiates in the audience. Prior to this, she had delivered her music with good style and rather more voice than is customary in the part. The mishap (which could happen to anyone) was a minor thing, and should not minimize the fact that her feeling for the part is keen, her aptitude unmistakable. Excellent work in smaller parts we done by Osie Hawkins ad Monterone and Nicola Moscona as Sparafucile. In a flag-decked box, the Metropolitan was host to a party that included his Excellency Field Marshall and the Right Honorable Viscount Alexander of Tunis, Governor-General of Canada, and her Excellency, the Viscountess Alexander of Tunis.



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