[Met Performance] CID:180020
Rigoletto {384} Metropolitan Opera House: 10/30/1958.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
October 30, 1958


RIGOLETTO {384}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Rigoletto...............Leonard Warren
Gilda...................Roberta Peters
Duke of Mantua..........Eugenio Fernandi
Maddalena...............BelÚn Amparan
Sparafucile.............Nicola Moscona
Monterone...............Norman Scott
Borsa...................Gabor Carelli
Marullo.................Calvin Marsh
Count Ceprano...........George Cehanovsky
Countess Ceprano........Madelaine Chambers
Giovanna................Thelma Votipka
Page....................Mildred Allen
Guard...................Louis Sgarro

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

Director................Herbert Graf
Staged by...............Hans Busch
Designer................Eugene Berman
Choreographer...........Zachary Solov

Rigoletto received fourteen performances this season.

Review of Bernie Hodes in Billboard

Handsome Met Revival Can Move 'Rigoletto' Waxings


The Metopera's first "Rigoletto" in two years (October 30) was a triumph of the whole rather than the parts. The resplendent sets and costumes, the grace of the ballet and the beauty of the staging worked in harmony toward an artistic unity. Since this fine production will be toured (and broadcast) by the Met later, dealers on the route have the chance for tie-ins, displays and to stock the RCA Victor and Angel waxings.

Our greatest current Rigoletto, Leonard Warren, fitted his dark baritone and strong thesping to the tragic parts of the title role, with fullness and sonority carrying the day despite an early wide vibrato. Eugenio Fernandi played his first Duke here with striking appearance, but flatted and choked occasionally and sounded uneasy at the top. Roberta Peters has consistently grown in the role of Gilda, her "Caro nome" exemplifying the perfection of vocal command and the certainty of her grasp. Her histrionic detachment alone prevents her from being a coloratura second to none.



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