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Verdi: Rigoletto

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  • Performer: Tito Gobbi, Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Nicola Zaccaria
  • Orchestra: Milan La Scala Chorus, Milan La Scala Orchestra
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (7 Feb. 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Callas Edition
  • ASIN: B000002RY6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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CALLAS / SERAFIN / TEATRO ALLA

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Nobody steals the spotlight when Maria Callas is onstage, but Tito Gobbi never lets us forget that this show is called Rigoletto, not Gilda. Neither singer has one of the century's prettiest voices; both have dramatic presence, impact and subtlety--based as much on their control of verbal nuance as on musicianship--that make their characters three-dimensional, the story meaningful and the emotions real, varied and intense. His role is bigger and more complex than hers is. He is almost constantly onstage and his music runs the whole gamut from fatherly tenderness to regret at a life gone wrong to explosive rage. Sparks fly when they sing together and Tullio Serafin conducts with an exemplary grasp of the opera and a detailed knowledge of his cast's capabilities. --Joe McLellan

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By A Customer on 26 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
It is, perhaps, unworthy of EMI to issue this under the "Callas Edition", as the star of this Opera is clearly the principle baritone, and the baritone here is no less than the great Tito Gobbi. Still, for some perverse reason, it is Callas that sells these days, and EMI seems determined to make the most out of one of their top selling artists. For the Callasites out there, her performance as Gilda should not disappoint. Callas is in much happier voice than can be found elswhere amongst her discography and she does give a thoughtful and attentive reading of the role- though many will feel that a younger sounding and fresher voice is really needed. As the libertine Duke, Guiseppe di Stefano is in his element. There may be more eloquent accounts of the role on record, but few have captured the spirit of the role so well. The real tour de force on this disc is the incomparable assumption of the title role by Tito Gobbi. I have heard many fine Rigolettos, but never one so memorable as Gobbi's. Here he sets a standard by which other interpretors must be measured, and ultimately fall short. Along with Iago and Scarpia, Gobbi's portrayal has yet to be bettered. The vengence, humanity and nobility he brings to the role is unique. The conducting is exemplary and the whole performance is electrifying. The sound fares less well by today's standards but is soon forgotten as the drama, in such masterly hands, begins to bite. Those who insist on modern recordings should abandon their principles and buy this set. This will not be bettered, and is a Gobbi performance to cherish.
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By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 May 2016
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NB: while this recording is a winner in any form, the following review is for the superior Pristine Audio issue in remastered Ambient Stereo, unavailable on Amazon. I note that some reviewers do not like what EMI have done in their more recent remastered issues, whereas Pristine have done their usual impeccable job.

My MusicWeb colleague Göran Forsling has provided a fine comparative survey of the four mono recordings from the 50’s and concluded that this EMI issue always had the best recorded sound, the quality of performance notwithstanding. However, this Pristine remastering into Ambient Stereo gives it even more of an sonic edge and the opportunity to appreciate afresh just how good the singers here are; its warmth and depth confer renewed presence and immediacy on proceedings, while minor irritations and blemishes have been minimalised by Andrew Rose.

Fortunately they are accompanied by a conductor, chorus and orchestra entirely immersed in the Verdian idiom, providing ideal support. Serafin does nothing eccentric or flashy but simply knows how this music should go and does it, giving his singers plenty of time to make their points without undue self-consciousness.

Little more can be said about the principals which has not already been observed in the sixty or so years since its issue after the miraculously busy recording year of 1955. For some Di Stefano for all his élan, is a touch crude and shouty and the too open vowels presage troubles to come, but his is a highly energised, winning assumption with many splendid moments. Gobbi’s voice might have been a little lean in tone for the ideal Verdi baritone but his range of colour and expression is miraculous; no singer since has so completely embodied this most complex of characters.
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This is a full-blooded Rigoletto recording! Callas is at her very best here, her voice really portraying the young and innocent Gilda. Gobbi is probably THE Rigoletto with his acting vocal skills. Di Stefano might not be the ideal Duke, but his voice is absolutely marvellous.
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If you love Callas you will love this. The fragility of her voice is beautiful. Gobbi and Di stefano put in a great performance too
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Verdi: Rigoletto
short but sweet, there is only one maria callas, for clarity of voice and range, there is no other. promoters and unfornutate circumstances cut short her time on stage and performances, she will long be rembered by opera lovers
of the best there was and maybe will for some time if ever
love maria
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