#1314 Joseph Schmidt Remembered

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George Jellinek devotes this program to the Romanian tenor Joseph Schmidt whose life and career were all-too-brief. He was a highly popular celebrity and had a successful career in the recording of opera arias, operetta excerpts, and popular songs. We hear the first recording of Schmidt in the 1929 German broadcast of Meyerbeer's L'Africaine, followed by "Una furtiva lagrima" from L'elisir d'amore and Smetana's The Bartered Bride with Michael Bohnen, "Nessun dorma" from Puccini's Turandot, Franz Lehar's Zigeunerliebe, and Halevy's La Juive.

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