[Met Performance] CID:259890
Rigoletto {569} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/18/1979.

(Debut: Mariella Devia
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 18, 1979


RIGOLETTO {569}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Rigoletto...............Sherrill Milnes
Gilda...................Mariella Devia [Debut]
Duke of Mantua..........Neil Shicoff
Maddalena...............Isola Jones
Sparafucile.............Jerome Hines
Monterone...............Julien Robbins
Borsa...................Charles Anthony
Marullo.................Robert Goodloe
Count Ceprano...........Philip Booth
Countess Ceprano........Loretta Di Franco
Giovanna................Ariel Bybee
Page....................Nadyne Brewer
Guard...................Domenico Simeone

Conductor...............Michelangelo Veltri

Production..............John Dexter
Designer................Tanya Moiseiwitsch
Lighting designer.......Gil Wechsler
Choreographer...........Norbert Vesak

Rigoletto received fourteen performances this season.

Review of Robert Jacobson in the March 8, 1980 issue of Opera News


"Rigoletto" returned December 18, providing a showcase for a new Gilda in the person of Mariella Devia, whose childlike soprano, impressive vocal technique and clean, unmannered style made her a joy. She recalled the Lily Pons nightingale variety of Gilda, her tone a bit glassy and with an edge but, at the same time, gifted with rare refinement and delicacy, while her acting had similar simplicity and appeal. Neil Shicoff's tenor has gained in weight and variety as the Duke, and Sherrill Milnes was in resplendent, expansive voice as the jester. Michelangelo Veltri led a safe, sound reading, rhythmically unobtrusive but lacking imagination.



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