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Sign-off for the old Met : the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, 1950-1966

Author: Paul Jackson
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, ©1997.
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For more than sixty-five years, the weekly Saturday afternoon broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera have brought performances from one of the world's great opera companies to millions of listeners. Covering the period from the beginning of the Rudolf Bing era to the destruction of the old Met in 1966, the new volume surveys two hundred broadcasts featuring luminaries inherited from the Johnson regime (Flagstad,
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Jackson, Paul, 1927-
Sign-off for the old Met.
Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)639817750
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Jackson
ISBN: 1574670301 9781574670301 157467031X 9781574670318
OCLC Number: 36954578
Description: xv, 644 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Bing on the scene --
Return of the prodigal sopranos --
Bing in command --
Wagner in limbo --
Mozart and Strauss to the rescue --
French waifs --
Italian cream: light or heavy --
Friendly Verdi --
Tonics --Heroic Wagner --
Puccini ascendent --
Verdi renascence --
New blood --Watershed --
New lease for Wagner --
Togetherness on stage --
Intermission --
Les six --
Sorbets --
Italian favors --
Cosmopolitan fare for the stars --
Round robin Tosca --
Verdi revisited --
Frolics --
Addio, au revoir, Tornò al Nido --
Curtain for the Old Met --
Lights out.
Responsibility: by Paul Jackson.

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For more than sixty-five years, the weekly Saturday afternoon broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera have brought performances from one of the world's great opera companies to millions of listeners. Covering the period from the beginning of the Rudolf Bing era to the destruction of the old Met in 1966, the new volume surveys two hundred broadcasts featuring luminaries inherited from the Johnson regime (Flagstad, Milanov, Albanese, Steber, Stevens, Bjorling, Di Stefano, Tucker, Warren) and Bing recruits (De Los Angeles, Della Casa, Tebaldi, Nilsson, Price, Sutherland, Crespin, Siepi, Bergonzi, Vickers, Corelli), under the leadership of such great conductors as Fritz Reiner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and Georg Solti.

As in Saturday Afternoons at the Old Met: The Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, 1931-1950, the author uses unpublished documents and letters from the Metropolitan Opera Archives to tell behind-the-scenes stories of the players involved.

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