This week we return to the recordings of Italian baritone Riccardo Stracciari, following last years Barber of Seville from 1929, with the release of his only other full opera recording. Made in 1930 with the same three star names, orchestra and conductor, this Rigoletto is another of the all time classics of the age of sound recording.
Once again Mark Obert-Thorn provides the magical touch in his superb new transfers of the Verdi, and supporting leads Mercedes Capsir (Gilda) and Dino Borgioli (Duke of Mantua) once again provide excellent service alongside the superlative Stracciari. There's a great cast and performance from the Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, all again under the baton of Lorenzo Molajoli.
You can hear the full opening scene from Act 1 (minus the prelude) in our high quality online sample - click here and take a listen now, and see if you can't want to hear a whole lot more!