Louis Quilico, legendary Metropolitan baritone was often referred to as Mr.Rigoletto from his title role in the Verdi opera. In fact he has a biography which also features his teaching philosohy named Mr. Rigoletto: In Conversation with Louis Quilico by his wife Christina Petrowska Quilico (Captus Press) and a commemerative CD called Mr. Rigoletto: My Life in Music (Analekta) However, in his last 8 years of his life he referred to himself as The Most Happy Fella, a role from the opera of the same name by Frank Loesser. Quilico was acclaimed in this role at the New York City Opera by the New York Times and by Opera News in the recording which he made in 1998 in London England and New York City for Jay records. His happiness was also a result of his marriage to renowned pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico with whom he recorded 4 CDs and toured with extensively in concerts.
Louis Quilico’s final concert in New York City was at Merkin Hall on March 30th, 1998 accompanied by his wife Christina Petrowska Quilico. The program included works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikowsky, Borodin, Duparc, Debussy, Italian songs, Verdi and 2 excerpts from Most Happy Fella. Included was a spontaneous speech Louis Quilico made on his inspiration for singing. Enjoy these excerpts by Louis Quilico and Christina Petrowska Quilico in memory of his birthday.
More, in memoriam of Louis Quilico’s life and music:
See also: “Honouring Louis Quilico”