Verdi: Rigoletto

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Verdi: Rigoletto


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Verdi: Rigoletto

Recorded 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th-22nd, 25th-26th and 28th June, 1956 in the Opera House, Rome

Robert Merrill (Rigoletto), Roberta Peters (Gilda), Jussi Björling (Il Duca), Anna Maria Rota (Maddalena), Giorgio Tozzi (Sparafucile)

Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Jonel Perlea

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Studio recording, 1956

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto

Act I Scene 1: Prelude

Act I Scene 1: Della mia bella incognita borghese (Duke, Borsa)

Act I Scene 1: Questa o quella (Duke, Countess Ceprano, Rigoletto, Borsa, Courtiers)

Act I Scene 1: Gran nuova! gran nuova! (Marullo, Borsa, Courtiers, Duke, Rigoletto, Ceprano)

Act I Scene 1: Ch'io gli parli (Monterone, Duke, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers)

Act I Scene 2: Quel vecchio maledivami! (Rigoletto, Sparafucile)

Act I Scene 2: Pari siamo! (Rigoletto)

Act I Scene 2: Figlia! … Mio padre! (Rigoletto, Gilda, Giovanna, Duke)

Act I Scene 2: Ah! veglia, o donna (Rigoletto, Gilda)

Act I Scene 2: Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi (Gilda, Giovanna, Duke)

Act I Scene 2: E il sol dell'anima (Duke, Gilda, Ceprano, Borsa)

Act I Scene 2: Gualtier Malde … Caro nome (Gilda, Borsa, Ceprano, Marullo, Courtiers)

Act I Scene 2: Riedo! perche? (Rigoletto, Borsa, Countess Ceprano, Marullo)

Act I Scene 2: Zitti, zitti (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers, Gilda, Rigoletto)

Act II: Ella mi fu rapita! … Parmi veder (Duke)

Act II: Duca, Duca! (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers, Duke)

Act II: Povero Rigoletto! (Marullo, Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Courtiers, Page)

Act II: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto)

Act II: Mio padre! (Gilda, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers)

Act II: Tutte le feste (Gilda, Rigoletto, Usher, Monterone)

Act II: No, vecchio t'inganni … Si, vendetta (Rigoletto, Gilda)

Act III: E l'ami? (Rigoletto, Gilda, Duke, Sparafucile)

Act III: La donna e mobile (Duke)

Act III: Un di, se ben rammentomi (Duke, Gilda, Maddalena, Rigoletto)

Act III: Bella figlia dell'amore (Duke, Maddalena, Gilda, Rigoletto)

Act III: Venti scudi (Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Gilda)

Act III: E amabile in vero (Maddalena, Sparafucile, Gilda)

Act III: Della vendetta (Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Duke)

Act III: Chi e mai? (Rigoletto, Gilda)

Act III: Lassu in cielo (Gilda, Rigoletto)

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Gramophone Magazine

“[On the original release in 1956] under Perlea, the orchestral playing is firm and dramatic, well balanced with the voice. The music is well paced. Björling’s tone is a constant pleasure. He sings elegantly. Merrill, too, is in fine voice: he sings the title rôle in correct and often impressive style… in short, this performance with Metropolitan stars offers an able, and therefore enjoyable performance of the opera.”

Penguin Guide

2010 edition


“Naxos have made an excellent transfer of one of the earliest mono LP recordings of Rigoletto dating from June 1956. The set is mainly of interest for Jussi Bjorling's contribution”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

“A tiny bit of crackle on the recording is a small price to pay for the glories of Jussi Björling's swaggering, open-toned Duke, Roberta Peters's sweet and steady-toned Gilda and Robert Merrill's imposing Rigoletto on this 1956 recording from Rome, masterfully paced by Jonel Perlea.”

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