[Met Performance] CID:92980
Rigoletto {149} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/27/1926.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 27, 1926


RIGOLETTO {149}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Rigoletto...............Giuseppe De Luca
Gilda...................Nina Morgana
Duke of Mantua..........Giacomo Lauri-Volpi
Maddalena...............Dorothea Flexer
Sparafucile.............José Mardones
Monterone...............Paolo Ananian
Borsa...................Angelo Badà
Marullo.................Millo Picco
Count Ceprano...........Vincenzo Reschiglian
Countess Ceprano........Minnie Egener
Giovanna................Grace Anthony
Page....................Paolina Tomisani

Conductor...............Tullio Serafin

Review signed R. M. K. in Musical America

Morgana as "Gilda"

Last Saturday night's popular performance of "Rigoletto" had a relatively unfamiliar Gilda in Nina Morgana. The portrait of Verdi's unhappy heroine presented by this artist was most appealing. Her singing revealed merits, particularly in Act II, where her achievement of "Caro Nome" was competent. She gave warm and appealing tone and dramatic portrayal to other scenes. Visually, Miss Morgana looked the part of the Mantuan maiden, and her departure from tradition in costume in her first scene, where she wore an effective pink gown, was pleasantly justified. Giuseppe De Luca again gave a superbly dramatic and beautiful vocal performance in the name part. Giacomo Lauri-Volpi was a vigorous and full-toned Duke. A new Maddalena was present in Dorothea Flexer, a recent American recruit to the company, on this occasion essaying her second rôle with considerable success. Her dark-hued voice was freely employed and she was dramatically mistress of the occasion in her brief contribution. Others in the cast were Mmes. Anthony, Egener and Tomisani, and Messrs. Mardones, Ananian, Picco, Bada and Reschiglian. Mr. Serafin conducted with more restraint than is his custom.



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