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Verdi's Veritable Tragedy

On today's program, we return to the world of opera to hear the first act of one of Verdi's masterpieces. It's a notable performance indeed, from 1952— the golden years of the New Orleans Opera Association.


Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto Act I

Rigoletto - Leonard Warren
Gilda - Hilde Gueden
Duke of Mantua - Eugene Conley
Maddalena - Maritte Muhs
Sparafucile - William Wilderman
Monterone - Norman Treigle
Borsa - John Patterson
Marullo - Warren Gadpaille
Count Ceprano - Ernest Barnum
Countess Ceprano - Elaine Weber
A Page - Frances Vella

New Orleans Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Walter Herbert, conducting

Live performance, April 1952