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For the primary installment of Chris’s Cache, my new occasional sequence of dwell recordings, I’m providing the published of that mind-blowing Chicago occasion, adopted by a wealthy bouquet of diva/divo orgies from Munich, Vienna and Hamburg, San Francisco and New York.

I’ve edited out the radio bulletins from a number of, however for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s twenty fifth Anniversary Gala I retained them in addition to the on-stage spoken introductions as they’re made by a wide ranging array of the twentieth century’s very biggest performers. I gained’t spoil the shock by itemizing them right here, however trying again now I notice how fortunate I used to be to come across these wonderful luminaries on my birthday afternoon.

Lyric Opera of Chicago 25th Anniversary Gala

Orchestra: The Love for Three Oranges
Judith Blegen: Don Giovanni
Sherrill Milnes: Don Giovanni
Mirella Freni & Luciano Pavarotti: La Boheme
Alfredo Kraus & Richard Stilwell: Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Jon Vickers: Die Walkure
Nicolai Ghiaurov & Kathleen Kuhlmann: Boris Godunov
Geraint Evans & Richard Stilwell: Don Pasquale
Alfredo Kraus: Werther
Margaret Worth: Otello
Carlo Cossutta & Sherrill Milnes: Otello
Leontyne Worth: Aida
Jon Vickers, Geraint Evans, Martha Monastero, Kathleen Kuhlmann, Duane Carter, William Mitchell & Daniel McConnell: Peter Grimes
Frank Little, Ellen Shade & William Stone: Paradise Misplaced

Conductors: George Prêtre, Nicola Rescigno, Riccardo Chailly, Bruno Bartoletti, John Pritchard & Krzysztof Penderecki

14 October 1979

After that great afternoon, I knew I needed to start in earnest to journey extra usually to listen to nice singers. Nevertheless, it took me a pair years to get it collectively, and really low cost airfares from New York Air and Individuals Categorical helped this poor graduate scholar obtain it. My second NYC opera journey was prompted by two Rameau operas scheduled throughout spring break, however there was additionally one other anniversary gala: Opera Orchestra of New York’s tenth going down at Carnegie Corridor, hosted by Tony Randall!

Sadly, issues turned out far much less properly than they’d in Chicago as plenty of introduced artists failed to seem, together with Tatiana Troyanos and Christine Eda-Pierre. Randall was raucously heckled all through the night when he introduced every no-show, however two Verdi arias by Margarita Castro-Alberty have been (by default maybe) the night’s massive hits, and it proved to be the one time I’d hear Nicolai Gedda.

Opera Orchestra of New York tenth Anniversary Gala

Orchestra: Guillaume Inform
Mariella Devia: Lakmé
James Morris: Lakmé
Orchestra & Refrain: Khovanschina (abbreviated on this this recording)

Margarita Castro Alberty: I due Foscari
William Johns: Rienzi
Kristine Ciesinski: Hérodiade
Margarita Castro-Alberty: I masnadieri
Pablo Elvira: La Favorita
Nicolai Gedda: Les pêcheurs de Perles

Conductor: Eve Queler

Opera Orchestra of New York, Carnegie Corridor

March 22, 1982

In-house recording

This broadcast captures an all-star particular occasion celebrating the opening of the later-unlucky 1972 Munich Olympics. Duets don’t happen so usually throughout these evenings, however this one options two uncommon pairings: Gwyneth Jones and Piero Cappuccilli as Aïda’s daughter and father, plus Anna Moffo and James King performing the love duet from Madama Butterfly.

Munich Summer season Olympics Gala

Orchestra: Strauss: Festliches Praeludium for Organ and Orchestra
Thomas Stewart: Der Fliegende Hollander
Gwyneth Jones: Fidelio
Anneliese Rothenberger: Le Nozze di Figaro
Hermann Prey: Faust
Karl Ridderbusch: Don Carlo
Patricia Johnson: Don Carlo
Piero Cappuccilli: Rigoletto
Anna Moffo: La Traviata
James King: Die Meistersinger
Anneliese Rothenberger & Hermann Prey: Die Zaubertlote
Karl Ridderbusch: Zar und Zimmerman
Piero Cappuccilli: Otello
Gwyneth Jones & Piero Cappuccilli: Aïda
Anna Moffo & James King: Madama Butterfly
Hermann Prey: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Gwyneth Jones, Anneliese Rothenberger & Patricia Johnson: Der Rosenkavalier

Bavarian Radio Orchestra

Conductor: Kurt Eichorn

1 September 1972


I don’t know the event that prompted the Hamburg Staatsoper to current this spectacular array of singers, however I’m particularly impressed that Margaret Worth supplied “O patria mia!” American soprano Judith Beckmann, a longtime Hamburg star who died in February, is featured in a duet from Arabella.

Opera Gala in Hamburg

Orchestra: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Thomas Stewart: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Rüdiger Wohlers: Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Bernd Weikl: Tannhäuser
Kurt Moll: Eugene Onegin
Tatiana Troyanos: Ariadne auf Naxos
Judith Beckmann & Franz Grundheber: Arabella
Orchestra: Manon Lescaut
Carlo Cossutta: Pagliacci
Eva Marton & Giacomo Aragall: Tosca
Piero Cappuccilli: Andrea Chenier
Grace Bumbry: Turandot
Orchestra: William Inform
Alicia Nafé: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Yuri Mazurok: La Traviata
Martina Arroyo: La Forza del Destino
Leo Nucci: Un Ballo in Maschera
Margaret Worth: Aïda
Cristina Deutekom, Vasile Moldoveanu, & Harald Stamm: I Lombardi
James King, Hans Sotin, Eva Marton & Kurt Moll: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Conductors: Miguel Gomez Martines, Nello Santi, Christoph von Dohnanyi & Klaus Peter Seibel

Hamburg State Opera

21 January 1980


Later that very same 12 months, 5 of the Bolshoi Opera’s most necessary singers gathered at Vienna’s Musikverein to carry out an thrilling “Russian Opera’s Biggest Hits” live performance.

Bolshoi Opera Gala in Vienna

Orchestra: Ruslan i Lyudmila
Yevgeny Nesterenko: Ruslan i Lyudmila
Elena Obraztsova: The Tsar’s Bride
Vladimir Atlantov: Eugene Onegin
Tamara Milashkina: The Enchantress
Yuri Mazurok: Pique Dame
Tamara Milashkina & Yuri Mazurok: Eugene Onegin
Orchestra: Khovanshchina
Vladimir Atlantov: Pique Dame
Tamara Milashkina: Pique Dame
Yevgeny Nesterenko: Prince Igor
Yuri Mazurok: Mazeppa
Elena Obraztsova: Khovanshchina
Yevgeny Nesterenko: Aleko
Elena Obraztsova & Vladimir Atlantov: Boris Godunov

Orchestra of the Bolshoi Opera (?)
Conductor: Yuri Simonov

Musikverein, Vienna

19 October 1980


To offer American firms equal time, right here’s one in all San Francisco Opera’s legendary “Fol de Rol” live shows with on-stage commentary by Terry McEwan, the corporate’s Basic Supervisor on the time. He delights in introducing a bevy of divas which embody Jones once more, this time performing the “Csárdás” from Die Fledermaus (!). The night’s most notable second should be Leontyne Worth and Régine Crespin having a ball with Rossini’s “Cat Duet.”

San Francisco Fol De Rol

Terence McEwen, M.C.

Carol Vaness: Ernani
Tom Krause: Don Giovanni
Evelyn de la Rosa & Stephen Nixon: Oklahoma
Teresa Zylis-Gara: Rusalka
Mikhail Svetlev: Turandot
Virginia Zeani: Manon Lescaut
Cheryl Parrish, Donna Bruno, Walter MacNeil & John Cimino: Rigoletto
Régine Crespin: Carmen
Gwyneth Jones: Die Fledermaus
Régine Crespin & Leontyne Worth- Rossini: Cat duet
Donald Gramm: I need what I need
Pilar Lorengar: Las Hijas del Zebedeo
Rebecca Cook dinner, Susan Quittmeyer, Thomas Woodman, James Busterud & Carl Glaum: West Aspect Story
Leontyne Worth: La Forza del Destino

San Francisco Opera

11 November 1982

In-house recording

Possibly I’m prejudiced for the house group, however nobody does this form of factor higher than the Met. Watching CBS’s hour of highlights from the Bing Gala on tv after I was in highschool sealed my destiny.

Since transferring to town in 1990, I’ve attended 4 wonderful Met gala occasions: 1996’s eight-hour Levine Gala; the 2006 Joseph Volpe Farewell Gala; the corporate’s a hundred and twenty fifth Anniversary celebration; and live performance marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the brand new home at Lincoln Heart from simply 5 years in the past. Though I consider myself as a Gesamkunstwerk type of man, I nonetheless relish these unpredictable and particular occasions that includes a parade of singers strutting their stuff.

Probably the most fascinating Lincoln Heart galas hosted stars performing music they’d by no means sung on the Met. A number of, like Richard Tucker and Sherrill Milnes, would finally carry out their arias throughout an entire Met efficiency of the opera. Mario Sereni sang only one Rigoletto with the corporate, not at Lincoln Heart however at Van Cortlandt Park in 1980 reverse Mariella Devia! The remainder, nonetheless, have been for “one evening solely”!

Metropolitan Opera Gala

Orchestra: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Joan Sutherland: Les Huguenots
Cornell MacNeil: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (in English!)
Teresa Stratas: Eugene Onegin
Fernando Corena: La Cenerentola
Nicolai Gedda: The Queen of Spades
Renata Tebaldi: Rossini: La Regata Veneziana
Ezio Flagello: I Vespri Siciliani
Richard Tucker: La Juive
Sherrill Milnes:  Pagliacci
Carlo Bergonzi: L’Africaine
Robert Merrill: Hamlet
Roberta Peters: Dinorah
Mario Sereni: Rigoletto
Leontyne Worth: Louise
Franco Corelli: Cardillo: Core ‘ngrato & Di Capua: I’ te vurria vasà
Richard Tucker: Pagliacci
Giorgio Tozzi: Don Giovanni
James King: The Land of Smiles
Leonie Rysanek: Der Zarewitsch
Jan Peerce: L’Arlesiana
Joan Sutherland, George Shirley & John Macurdy: Faust

Conductors: Richard Bonynge, Thomas Schippers, Fausto Cleva, Francesco Molinari-Prandelli, George Schick

Metropolitan Opera

16 March 1968

In-house recording

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