[Met Performance] CID:170280
Rigoletto {358} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/14/1955.

(Debut: Gianni Poggi
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 14, 1955


RIGOLETTO {358}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Rigoletto...............Robert Merrill
Gilda...................Roberta Peters
Duke of Mantua..........Gianni Poggi [Debut]
Maddalena...............Martha Lipton
Sparafucile.............Nicola Moscona
Monterone...............Norman Scott
Borsa...................Gabor Carelli
Marullo.................Clifford Harvuot
Count Ceprano...........Calvin Marsh
Countess Ceprano........Heidi Krall
Giovanna................Thelma Votipka
Page....................Vilma Georgiou
Guard...................Louis Sgarro

Conductor...............Fausto Cleva

Review of F. M. Jr. in January 1, 1956 issue of Musical America


Making his Metropolitan Opera debut, Gianni Poggi sang the Duke in the season's fourth performance of "Rigoletto." The young Italian, engaged for one guest appearance, has sung extensively in his homeland and is known to Americans through his recordings. Though his singing was uneven during the early part of the evening, Mr. Poggi showed that he is gifted with a warm, lyric voice, which was not immense in volume but which carried clearly and effortlessly. That "Questa o quella" was a little hurried and tonally blurred was probably caused by the strain of a Metropolitan debut. By the third act Mr. Poggi settled down and produced some beautiful, caressing tones in "Parmi veder." In the Quartet, apparently, he misjudged the acoustics, for his voice predominated to such an extent that the other principals were practically inaudible. Histrionically, Mr. Poggi was less convincing. He made the Duke a good-natured, rather placid fellow and acted with broad, often comic gestures.

Other members of the cast were familiar-Roberta Peters, as Gilda; Robert Merrill, as Rigoletto; Martha Lipton, as Maddalena; Nicola Moscona, as Sparafucile. Completing the list were Thelma Votipka, Norman Scott, Clifford Harvuot, Gabor Carelli. Calvin Marsh, Heidi Krall, Vilma Georgiou, and Louis Sgarro. Fausto Cleva conducted.



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