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Sound recording review 
New York City Opera
GALA (GL 100.549) 
At the start of his career, the young Jose Carreras can be heard as Duke. Why he was not commercially recorded in this opera cannot be comprehended because Carreras vocally had everything that makes an ideal Duke: an alluring timbre, passionate ardor and Italian belcanto training. But even then he had the tendency to force the top notes. Patricia Wise is a lovely Gilda with a girlish soprano, unblemished top. A very contemporary pair of siblings are Margaret Yauger (Maddalena) and Richard T. Gill (Sparafucile). How Louis Quilico in absolute top form facet rich and with total commitment interprets the title role, partly agressive, sets high standards. Even without visual impact the listener is given an acoustic impressive and believable psychograph of a mentally torn character. An experience for the listeners is the orchestra ( pay attention especially to the string-players!) under the baton of Julius Rudel. One has seldom heard such a clearly outlined and logical orchestration of an audio recording pushing towards a tragedy. Inspite of a dramatic baseline, Rudel gets unsuspected musical details from the score and lavishes every kind of care and attention onto his singers. This recording, which has a bonus excerpt added from the 1978 "Ballo" from Covent Garden with Carreras and Sylvia Sass, puts many studio and live recordings in the shade and because of the real exciting interpretation is a must for collectors, of course also for Carreras fans who want to hear the tenor live in this role.** It is also noted that collectors know the Rigoletto production from a performance four days later (with Susanne Marsee in the role of Maddalena) as a private LP recording on Robin Hood records which was more deserving to be released on CD because of its overall excellent sound quality and altogether more effective results. **
Translation © Heidemarie Hochstein
**The GALA Rigoletto is the performance from April 26, 1973 (Comment Marion Tung)