TEATRO ALLA SCALA, MILANO 16 SEP 1955
STUDIO REMASTERED 2014
2CD 0825646340958 – DIGITAL

Verdi: Rigoletto

ORCHESTRA E CORO DEL TEATRO ALLA SCALA DI MILANO
TULLIO SERAFIN

Callas only sang Gilda in Rigoletto in one run of performances, in Mexico City in 1952, and she recorded the role three years later. She moves beyond the girlish tone and sparkling coloratura of the character’s first scenes to create a figure of tragic stature as events unfold. ‘Once heard, this rendering is never likely to be forgotten,’ was Gramophone’s judgement on her interpretation, and the same could apply to Tito Gobbi’s, embodying every aspect of the accursed court jester.


GILDA: MARIA CALLAS


RIGOLETTO: TITO GOBBI


DUCA DI MANTOVA: GIUSEPPE DI STEFANO


SPARAFUCILE: NICOLA ZACCARIA


MADDALENA: ADRIANA LAZZARINI


GIOVANNA: GIUSE GERBINO


IL CONTE DI MONTERONE: PLINIO CLABASSI


MARULLO: WILLIAM DOCKIE


BORSA: RENATO ERCOLANI


CONTE DI CEPRANO: CARLO FORTI


CONTESSA DI CEPRANO: ELVIRA GALASSI


UN USCIERE: VITTORIO TATOZZI


UN PAGGIO: LUISA MANDELLI