, June 2001
"Warren's magnificent voice still amazes after so many years-big, even, capable of whispering, great expression, and entirely up to the difficulties, both technical and emotional, of 'Cortigiani'. Nan Merriman, a Met staple, is a nice, lusty, Maddalena, and Italo Tajo's Sparafucile is dark without adding that extra hint of menace we could use in the part. This set will give the newcomer a genuinely valid idea of what Rigoletto is all about, but it leaves the slightly more sophisticated listener wishing for more depth, more vocal suavity, and more of a theatrical experience. The second CD ends with four scenes by Verdi sung by Warren in sessions from 1950; the Forza aria is particularly compelling."