Mr. Rigoletto

In Conversation with Louis Quilico

1996
Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-896691-05-3

Legendary Metropolitan Opera baritone, Louis Quilico, speaks about the voice, teaching, opera and his 510 performances of Rigoletto in conversation with his wife Christina Petrowska, author and artist of the critically acclaimed book, Opera Illustrated: An Artistic Odyssey. Included in the book are a discography, videography, 50 opera photographs and critical highlights of a career that spanned 45 years, signing at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, the Bolshoi, Staatsoper Vienna, New York City Opera, among many others. This magnificent book contains a foreword by Thomas Hampson, star of leading opera houses throughout the world.


Foreword by Thomas Hampson

There is a tradition behind the scenes of the opera world among singers and between colleagues of recognizing, admiring and, in some ways, protecting what we all know' to be the real standards of good singing. Seriousness of purpose, health of voice, longevity of career and a certain indefinable skepticism about taking yourself more seriously than the forces of nature that allowed you to be what you are-these are some of those standards.

When asking some of my colleagues about Louis Quilico, the man and singer, the word that is invariably used is GENEROUS-certainly generous of voice, but also, probably more importantly, generous of heart, spirit, compassion, dedication and effort! What lies behind this generous artist will be glimpsed in this book through narration, anecdote, admonishment and, of course, the facts of his generous career.

I've always admired Louis as a 'forefather' baritone for the very quality that leaps from his story in this book: No Nonsense. In his tales and tips and lessons, Louis speaks firmly, directly, almost simply, with a sense of practicality that is at first disarming. Don't be fooled! The profundity of experience is yours to be had in the reflection of his words and deeds.

We live in a world more and more dominated by disposable celebrity and must always be alert to the few examples of a life dedicated to a longer vision, stable maturation and, quite frankly, a generous and gentle embrace of the human spirit.

Read on in respect; sing on in fellowship; live on in wonder!

Foreword by Thomas Hampson
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Biography

THE CONVERSATION
          •Some Personal Thoughts
         •On the Voice
         •On Opera
         •On Rigoletto

HIGHLIGHTS AND REVIEWS
         •What the Critics Said of the Quilico Voice
         •Highlights from Opera Reviews
         •Highlights from Rigoletto Reviews

APPENDICES
         •Roles and Highlights of Performances
         •Discography
         •Videography
         •About the Author