An Operatic Prelude to Mother's Day

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This Saturday at 12:30 pm it's Operavore’s Prelude to Mother's Day, honoring mothers on and off the stage.   

Mothers play a big part in the lives of many opera singers.  They offer support and inspiration when the going gets rough and applaud the loudest at every curtain call. Diana Damrau, Michael Fabiano, Marilyn Horne and Deborah Voigt talk about their mothers. Music – for and about mothers – is by Mascagni, Puccini, Menotti and others.

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Cesare Andrea Bixio “Mamma”
Arranged by Henry Mancini.
Mancini Orchestra; Henry Mancini, conductor; Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Decca 458000

Giacomo Puccini Madama Butterfly “Tu, tu, piccolo iddio”
Munich Radio Orchestra; Giuseppe Patané, conductor; Eva Martón, soprano
Sony 64597

Gian Carlo Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors “Have You Seen a Child”
NBC Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Schippers, conductor; Rosemary Kuhlmann, soprano; David Aiken, baritone; Andrew McKinley, tenor; Leon Lishner, bass
RCA Victor Gold Seal 6485

Charles Ives “Songs my mother taught me”
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Warner Classics 60297

Antonin Dvorák Gypsy Melodies Op. 55, No. 4 “Songs my mother taught me”
Magdalena Kozená, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano
Deutsche Grammophon 001279102

Pietro Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana “Mamma! Quel vino e generoso”
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra; Georges Prêtre, conductor
Elena Obraztsova, mezzo-soprano; Placido Domingo, tenor
Philips 454265

Cesare Andrea Bixio “Mamma”
Dino Olivieri, conductor; Beniamino Gigli, tenor
Warner Classics 55693

Gian Carlo Menotti The Consul “I shall find for you”
Camerata New York Orchestra; Joel Revzen, conductor; Joyce Castle, mezzo-soprano
Newport Classics 85645

Johannes Brahms Wiegenlied Op. 49, No. 4 “Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht”
Elly Ameling, soprano; Dalton Baldwin piano
Philips 121702