Top positive review
A good performance, not the best!
on 15 March 2017
My first version of Rigoletto was the Solti’s RCA with Moffo, Kraus and Merril, bought In the end of the 60’s (vinyl), soon followed by Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes (cassette, auf!), then Kleiber’s with Ileana Cotrubas, Domingo, Milnes. Then I stopped…, but recently I bought the Callas/Gobbi version, this one Kubelik because of the great Carlo Bergonzi and again the Pavarotti/Sutherland, this time in cd… I decided then to hear all them afresh. Leisurely, and put my impressions for the posterity!!!
Of course it will be rain in the wet (Portuguese aphorism) as countless of Amazon customers have already expressed their opinions, very similar usually, they (and myself) belong to the same tribe I think: west world, men, more than 60 years, retired, and ideological and political ideas excepted the same love of opera and collection of them. I guess there are more similarities, but let them aside.
To put it simply, for me the best is Pavarotti as the Duke, followed close by Kraus and Bergonzi, then Domingo and di Stefano. Moffo as Gilda, then Cotrubas, Callas, Sutherland and Scotto. Gobbi is Rigoletto!, then Merril and Milnes, Capucilli, Fischer-Dieskau.
For me Solti commands, then Serafin, Bonynge, Kubelik, Giulini. And the recording? Decca’s! All others pale.
All things considered, may be the less desirable is Giulini, but all of them have so many merits that they must be all considered top recommendations! And we must be glad and grateful for so many jewels, it was a real pleasure to me to hear with fresh mind to them all!