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James Camner
Fanfare, November 2001

the powerfully secure singing in this old 1950 warhorse is so far above anything anyone will hear in the opera house today that listening to it will be a balm to older opera-lovers and a revelation to younger ones who have to endure today’s egocentric, producer-driven performances of Verdi. © 2001 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

Robert Levine, 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."

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