At her home in London, supervised by Fred Gaisberg. Soprano part in the first act, second scene of Verdi's opera Rigoletto (1851), based upon Victor Hugo's stageplay The King Drinks. This is the part where Gilda, the Count of Mantua's daughter, laments theatrically for minutes over unreachable love. Critics shunned her sobbing for its shameless and vulgarising cheapness. Gilda was the part that launched her in 1887 at the Monnaie Theatre in Brussels. First Gilda: Teresa Brambilla at La Fenice in Venice.
Graziella Pareto [for Gramophone]
Tony Martin [in Here]
Lloyd Price [melody in Just Because]
Peels [diva shouts in Juanita Banana, with a storyline about a Mexican singer with diva aspirations; n°1 B]
Henri Salvador [French version Juanita Banana; top 10 Fr]
Quartetto Cetra [Italian version]
Cocktail Trio [NL-version; hit NL]
Joan Sutherland [with a young Luciano Pavarotti as her father]
In French film Le Goût des autres, the confusion between this aria and the Peels hit stands for the gap between fine arts and pop.