Operavore's Greatest Hits – and Misses

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Marilyn Horne Marilyn Horne. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

The spring season of Operavore comes to a close with a smorgasbord of highlights -- a sampling of opera world at its most lively, quirky, warm and occasionally, snarky.

Among them, three mezzos representing three generations: Marilyn Horne, Susan Graham and Joyce DiDonato. Also 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon, bass-baritone James Morris, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.



Bizet:  Carmen  Final Duo
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein
Marilyn Horne, James McCracken
DG 427440-2

Carmen Jones: “Dat’s Love” (Habanera)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein set to music by George Bizet
Carmen Jones:  Dorothy Dandridge (dubbed by Marilyn Horne)

Giordano  Andrea Chenier “Come un bel dì di Maggio”
Mexico city Palacia de Bellas Artes Orchestra
Umberto Mugnai, conductor
Giuseppe diStefano
Opera D’Oro
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
“Il lacerate spirito”
Santa Cecelia Academy Rome Orchestra
Alberto Erede, conductor
Cesare Siepi
Decca 490702
Britten:  Billy Budd
“I accept their verdict”  (Part Two)
Captain Vere:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Hallé Orchestra/Nagano
Erato 3984-21631-2

Geminiano Giacomelli
|Merope (1734)
“Sposa, son disprezzata”
Joyce DiDonato   Drama Queens
Virgin Classics 265425  

Mozart Così fan tutte “Soave sia il vento”
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Sir George Solti, conductor
Fiodiligi:  Renée Fleming
Dorabella:  Anne Sofie von Otter
Don Alfonso:  Michele Pertusi
London 444 174-2

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