I first heard Verdi’s opera Rigoletto on a record I got from the library in my hometown, over fifty years ago.
The first performance of Rigoletto I remember was a broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera on December 7, 1968, a few days after my 12th birthday.
Carlo Bergonzi, who became my favorite tenor, sang the Duke. Anna Moffo, the most beautiful soprano in the world, out of Wayne, Pennsylvania was Gilda. The great baritone Robert Merrill sang the title role. What was not to love? I loved it all.