[Met Performance] CID:125030

Metropolitan Opera House, Wed, February 8, 1939

Rigoletto (228)
Giuseppe Verdi | Francesco Maria Piave
Carlo Tagliabue

Lina Aimaro

Duke of Mantua
Beniamino Gigli [Last performance]

Anna Kaskas

Nicola Moscona

Norman Cordon

Giordano Paltrinieri

George Cehanovsky

Count Ceprano
Wilfred Engelman

Countess Ceprano
Pearl Besuner

Thelma Votipka

Lucielle Browning

Gennaro Papi

Review 1:

Review of Oscar Thompson in Musical America

Beniamino Gigli need have no cause for apprehension in regard to the continuation of his popularity with the New York opera-goer after the tumultuous applause which ran through practically the entire performance of `Rigoletto' on the evening of Feb. 8. From 'Questa o Quella' to `La Donne e Mobile', he was rewarded with storms of clapping, shouts and cheers. As a matter of fact, Mr. Gigli sang as well as he ever has sung and besides did fewer of the unhappy vocal tricks for which he has been criticized heretofore. It was beautiful singing throughout, and all of it so good that it would be impossible to say that any particular aria was better than the others. The voice was, perhaps, a little more wooing in quality in `E Sol dell' Anima', and 'La Donna e Mobile' had a tremendous ring and sweep to it.

Mme. Aimaro, singing her first Gilda here, made a pleasant picture to the eye and negotiated all her altissimo tones with ease, impressing the audience so definitely that she had to come before the curtain alone, several times, in response to popular demands. Mr. Tagliabue was a vocally sonorous rather than a dramatically subtle Rigoletto, but he too won much applause. Anna Kaskas sang a good Maddalena. The smaller roles were capably handled by Nicola Moscona, Thelma Votipka, Norman Cordon, George Cehanovsky, Giordano Paltrinieri, Wilfred Engelman and Pearl Besuner. Gennaro Papi conducted.

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