Everybody's motto is "I'll do just enough to get by".,
This review is from: Verdi: Rigoletto (Highlights) (Audio CD)
Every aspect of this performance --- soloists, chorus, orchestra --- produces just enough to get union protection and no more. Nobody attempts to live their role. There's an odd feeling that this production is ticked off under duress and resentful musicians are just getting their cards punched. The vocal gifts of the cast are not first rate and the glories in the score are bypassed. Both Rigoletto and Gilda give the disconcerting Impression of coming into their notes from below and staying there. If this were a live performance, there might be rude restlessness (or worse) among the audience instead of hopes for scanty applause. Rizzi gives no inspiration or authority and sails over the waterfall hand in hand with the doomed company. The recorded sound is the least of your concerns on this one.
Competition is fierce and young Pavorotti is out there. Then there's magisterial Leonard Warren actualizing the big R. along with Jan Peerce who gives a fantastic vocal portrayal of the Duke in an alert and well balanced 1950 performance in yesterday's sound that is likely to please Verdi: Rigoletto [1950 Recording].
Stay away from this one.