The multifaceted legacy of Louis Quilico (1925-2000), one of the leading operatic baritones of the 20th century, is captured in a new podcast series. Speaking Personally: Louis Quilico in Conversation with Christina Petrowska Quilico is now available on Spotify.

The series of 23 unedited and unfiltered conversations, each approx. 35 minutes, was recorded with his wife, acclaimed pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, C.M., OOnt, FRSC, for their book, Mr. Rigoletto, In Conversation with Louis Quilico, published by Captus Books.

With charming candour, the Montreal native reflects on his lengthy and illustrious career, noted in particular for his defining portrayal of Verdi’s tragic jester, Rigoletto.  He sang the role more than 500 times at the Metropolitan Opera and other international houses. alongside the vocal legends of his day – tenors Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jon Vickers and José Carreras, and sopranos Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi, Renata Scotto and Beverly Sills.

He reflects on critics, new music, and staging. For young artists, he shares knowledge and advice based on his personally developed approach to the voice, as well as insights into the business side of performing.

Along with a vast range of illuminating memories and some suspenseful anecdotes, his sense of humour shines through as he recalls moments of hilarity both on stage and off, and wardrobe and set malfunctions.

“Even though he has been gone almost a quarter-century, I miss Louis every day,” said Christina Petrowska Quilico. “I find it hard to listen to our taped conversations without tears coming, but he has so many entertaining stories, and so much knowledge to impart that what he had to say just has to be shared. Even years after his passing, I continue to receive heartfelt appreciation for Louis from fans all over the world. So I know they will appreciate hearing him in his own voice.”

In memory of her late husband, and to honour his wish to support young singers, his widow established The Christina & Louis Quilico Awards. The competition is administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation and the Canadian Opera Company.  Since its establishment in 2000, numerous prizewinners have gone on to successful careers in opera houses around the world.

Each podcast episode is hosted by well-known pianist, composer, and broadcaster Peter Tiefenbach.  Technical operations are by Nik Beeson.