Caruso, Ruffo and Chaliapin

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George’s early record-collecting hobby paid off handsomely years later for him--and his listeners--when he created The Vocal Scene and was able to share his knowledge of the great voices of the past. George refers to Enrico Caruso, Titta Ruffo and Feodor Chaliapin as the “awesome threesome.” You’ll hear why they were such huge stars a hundred years ago and would be opera headliners in any era.

Program Details

Boito: Mefistofele
“Ave Signor” Feodor Chaliapin
“Dai campi” Enrico Caruso

Giordano: Fedora
“Amor ti vieta” Caruso
“La donna russa” Titta Ruffo

Verdi: Rigoletto
“Questa o quella” Caruso
“Pari siamo!” Ruffo
“Cortigiani, vil razza dannata…Miei signori” Ruffo
“La donna è mobile” Caruso

Rossini: The Barber of Seville
“Largo al factotum” Ruffo
“La calunnia è un venticello” Chaliapin

Verdi: Otello
“Oh! mostruosa colpa!...Sì pel ciel marmoreo giuro” Caruso and Ruffo

Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Prologue “Si può? Si può?” Ruffo
“Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio!…Vesti la giubba” Caruso