Here’s a YouTube clip of the original telecast of Luisa Miller, complete with the screamed “Brava Maria Callas!” before Renata Scotto‘s first solo. La Cieca is informed that (reasonably enough) this interruption had been edited out of the eagerly-awaited DVD version. Note, too, that the DVD will feature state-of-the-art video and audio restoration, unlike this rather faded VHS dub.
Also new and fresh on YouTube, a clip courtesy of Premiere Opera of the all time champion Turandot team, Birgit Nilsson and Franco Corelli.
La Nilsson’s closeups were apparently filmed separately and lip-synched, but that’s all to the good because this way we get to study up close the diva’s modish “Yma Sumac meets Female Trouble” maquillage.