Verdi - Rigoletto (Met Opera, 1945)

"This performance marked the return of Bjorling to the Met after a wartime break of four years spent mostly in his native Sweden. And what a return: at 34 he was at the absolute peak of his powers and sings a Duke of Mantua imbued with supreme confidence and tremendous brio – try the start of the Quartet to hear what I mean. He and the house revel in his display of tenor strength, yet that power is always tempered by innate artistry.

Similarly, Warren was at the time at the zenith of his career. Vocally he is in total command of the role and the house. His reading, though slightly extroverted, evinces a firm tone, a secure line and many shades of colour. He is at his very best in his two duets with Gilda, and no wonder, given the beautiful, plangent singing of Sayao, whose ‘Care nome’ is so delicately phrased, touching and keenly articulated. Indeed, in spite of the merits of the two male principals, it is her truly memorable interpretation that makes this set essential listening. All round, there are few recordings that match this one for vocal distinction" - Gramophone

This legendary Rigoletto is presented here in a new XR remastering for Pristine by Andrew Rose.