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Unnatural Acts of Opera

Semiramide (Rossini) Act 2

Joan Sutherland (Semiramide); Giulietta Simionato (Arsace); Wladimiro Ganzarolli (Assur); Gianni Raimondi (Idreno); Ferruccio Mazzoli (Oroe); Giuseppe Bertinazzo (Mitrane); Manuela Bianchi Porro (Azema); Antonio Zerbini (L’ombra di Nino). Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala; Gabriele Santini. Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 17 December 1962.

Semiramide (Rossini) Act 1

Joan Sutherland (Semiramide); Giulietta Simionato (Arsace); Wladimiro Ganzarolli (Assur); Gianni Raimondi (Idreno); Ferruccio Mazzoli (Oroe); Giuseppe Bertinazzo (Mitrane); Manuela Bianchi Porro (Azema); Antonio Zerbini (L’ombra di Nino). Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala; Gabriele Santini. Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 17 December 1962.

La forza del destino (Verdi) Part 3

Leonora: Zinka Milanov; Don Alvaro: Mario del Monaco; Don Carlo: Leonard Warren; Padre Guardiano: William Wilderman; Preziosilla: Claramae Turner; Marquis of Calatrava: Norman Treigle; Fra Melitone: Gerhard Pechner; Curra: Rosemary Rotolo; Surgeon: Donald Bernard; Beggar Woman: Lydia Neuman. Orchestra and Chorus of the New Orleans OperaWalter Herbert, conductor. March 1953.

La forza del destino (Verdi) Part 2

Leonora: Zinka Milanov; Don Alvaro: Mario del Monaco; Don Carlo: Leonard Warren; Padre Guardiano: William Wilderman; Preziosilla: Claramae Turner; Marquis of Calatrava: Norman Treigle; Fra Melitone: Gerhard Pechner; Curra: Rosemary Rotolo; Surgeon: Donald Bernard; Beggar Woman: Lydia Neuman. Orchestra and Chorus of the New Orleans OperaWalter Herbert, conductor. March 1953.

La forza del destino (Verdi) Part 1

Leonora: Zinka Milanov; Don Alvaro: Mario del Monaco; Don Carlo: Leonard Warren; Padre Guardiano: William Wilderman; Preziosilla: Claramae Turner; Marquis of Calatrava: Norman Treigle; Fra Melitone: Gerhard Pechner; Curra: Rosemary Rotolo; Surgeon: Donald Bernard; Beggar Woman: Lydia Neuman. Orchestra and Chorus of the New Orleans OperaWalter Herbert, conductor. March 1953.

Belisario (Donizetti) Act 3

Belisario: Giuseppe Taddei; Antonina: Leyla Gencer; Irene: Mirna Pecile; Alamiro: Umberto Grilli; Eutropio: Bruno Sebastian; Giustiniano: Nicola Zaccaria; Eudora: Rina Pallini; Eusebio: Giovanni Antonini; Ottario: Augusto Veronese; Centurion: Alberto Carusi. Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia. May 14, 1969.

Belisario (Donizetti) Act 2

Belisario: Giuseppe Taddei; Antonina: Leyla Gencer; Irene: Mirna Pecile; Alamiro: Umberto Grilli; Eutropio: Bruno Sebastian; Giustiniano: Nicola Zaccaria; Eudora: Rina Pallini; Eusebio: Giovanni Antonini; Ottario: Augusto Veronese; Centurion: Alberto Carusi. Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia. May 14, 1969.

Belisario (Donizetti) Act 1

Belisario: Giuseppe Taddei; Antonina: Leyla Gencer; Irene: Mirna Pecile; Alamiro: Umberto Grilli; Eutropio: Bruno Sebastian; Giustiniano: Nicola Zaccaria; Eudora: Rina Pallini; Eusebio: Giovanni Antonini; Ottario: Augusto Veronese; Centurion: Alberto Carusi. Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia. May 14, 1969.

Jenufa (Janacek) Act 3

Jenufa: Gabriela Benackova; Kolstelnicka: Leonie Rysanek; Grandmother Buryja: Barbara Schramm; Laca Klemen: Wieslaw Ochman; Steva Buryja; Peter Kazaras; Jano: Katherine Johnson; Karolka: Kathryn Cowdrick; Starek, the Foreman: Kenneth Shaw; Mayor: Frank Barr; Mayor’s Wife: Nikki Li Hartliep; Old Shepherdess/Aunt: Maro Partamian; Barena: Ariel Rubstein. Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler. Carnegie Hall, March 30, 1988.

Jenufa (Janacek) Act 2

Jenufa: Gabriela Benackova; Kolstelnicka: Leonie Rysanek; Grandmother Buryja: Barbara Schramm; Laca Klemen: Wieslaw Ochman; Steva Buryja; Peter Kazaras; Jano: Katherine Johnson; Karolka: Kathryn Cowdrick; Starek, the Foreman: Kenneth Shaw; Mayor: Frank Barr; Mayor’s Wife: Nikki Li Hartliep; Old Shepherdess/Aunt: Maro Partamian; Barena: Ariel Rubstein. Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler. Carnegie Hall, March 30, 1988.

Jenufa (Janacek) Act 1

Jenufa: Gabriela Benackova; Kolstelnicka: Leonie Rysanek; Grandmother Buryja: Barbara Schramm; Laca Klemen: Wieslaw Ochman; Steva Buryja; Peter Kazaras; Jano: Katherine Johnson; Karolka: Kathryn Cowdrick; Starek, the Foreman: Kenneth Shaw; Mayor: Frank Barr; Mayor’s Wife: Nikki Li Hartliep; Old Shepherdess/Aunt: Maro Partamian; Barena: Ariel Rubstein. Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler. Carnegie Hall, March 30, 1988.

La sonnambula (Bellini) Act 2

Renata Scotto (Amina), Alfredo Kraus (Elvino), Ivo Vinco (Rodolfo), Rosa Laghezza (Lisa), Marisa Zotti (Teresa). Teatro La Fenice, Venezia, Nello Santi, conductor. May 26, 1961.

La sonnambula (Bellini) Act 1

Renata Scotto (Amina), Alfredo Kraus (Elvino), Ivo Vinco (Rodolfo), Rosa Laghezza (Lisa), Marisa Zotti (Teresa). Teatro La Fenice, Venezia, Nello Santi, conductor. May 26, 1961.

Salome (R. Strauss)

Narraboth: George Shirley; Jokanaan: Norman Bailey; Salome: Birgit Nilsson; Herodes: Ragnar Ulfung; Herodias: Ruth Hesse; Page: Sandra Walker. Carnegie Hall, New York. December 18, 1974. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti.

Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) Act 4

Magda Olivero (Adriana Lecouvreur), Giulietta Simionato (Principessa di Bouillon), Franco Corelli (Maurizio), Ettore Bastianini (Michonnet), Antonio Cassinelli (L’Abate di Chazeuil), Augusto Frati (Quinault), Renato Ercolani (Poisson), Rosanna Zerbini (Jouvenot), Anna di Stasio (Dangeville). Orchestra & Chorus del Teatro di San Carlo, Naples; Mario Rossi, conductor. 28 November 1959.

Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) Act 3

Magda Olivero (Adriana Lecouvreur), Giulietta Simionato (Principessa di Bouillon), Franco Corelli (Maurizio), Ettore Bastianini (Michonnet), Antonio Cassinelli (L’Abate di Chazeuil), Augusto Frati (Quinault), Renato Ercolani (Poisson), Rosanna Zerbini (Jouvenot), Anna di Stasio (Dangeville). Orchestra & Chorus del Teatro di San Carlo, Naples; Mario Rossi, conductor. 28 November 1959.

Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) Act 2

Magda Olivero (Adriana Lecouvreur), Giulietta Simionato (Principessa di Bouillon), Franco Corelli (Maurizio), Ettore Bastianini (Michonnet), Antonio Cassinelli (L’Abate di Chazeuil), Augusto Frati (Quinault), Renato Ercolani (Poisson), Rosanna Zerbini (Jouvenot), Anna di Stasio (Dangeville). Orchestra & Chorus del Teatro di San Carlo, Naples; Mario Rossi, conductor. 28 November 1959.

Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) Act 1

Magda Olivero (Adriana Lecouvreur), Giulietta Simionato (Principessa di Bouillon), Franco Corelli (Maurizio), Ettore Bastianini (Michonnet), Antonio Cassinelli (L’Abate di Chazeuil), Augusto Frati (Quinault), Renato Ercolani (Poisson), Rosanna Zerbini (Jouvenot), Anna di Stasio (Dangeville). Orchestra & Chorus del Teatro di San Carlo, Naples; Mario Rossi, conductor. 28 November 1959.


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