Rudolph Giuliani, Opera Lover

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Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and mezzo Marilyn Horne share a laugh in the studio following their interview.

Rudolph Giuliani has been called many things: Republican, Democrat, New York’s Mayor, America's Mayor, Mafia fighter and — opera lover. Love him or hate him, you can count on Rudy Giuliani for strong judgments and passionate opinions.

We kick off season two of Operavore, WQXR’s weekly series devoted to all things operatic, with a conversation that's sure to stir opinions: between Rudolph Giuliani and Operavore’s Marilyn Horne.

The former mayor talks about his favorite operas and favorite singers; the operatic villains he loves and the operatic characters he would like to date. And he recalls the controversy surrounding the "Little Italy" Rigoletto, which debuted in 1982 when Giuliani was a US Attorney prosecuting the Mafia.

Playlist:

Operavore Theme Music:  
Overture to Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri  performed by Consortium Classicum on the MDG label (MDG 301 0393-2)

Marilyn Horne/Rudolph Giuliani Interview

Giuseppe Verdi

Il Trovatore “Miserere d’un alma già vicina”

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Fausto Cleva, conductor

Leontyne Price, soprano

Franco Corelli, tenor

Sony Classical 791006  

 

Giuseppe Verdi

Otello “Niun me tema”

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan, conductor

Mario Del Monaco, tenor

Deutsche Grammophon 4759984

 

Charles Gounod

Faust “Salut! demeure chaste et pure”

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Marco Armiliato, conductor

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

Decca 001894302   


Giacomo Puccini

Tosca “Vittoria”

Santa Cecilia Academy of Rome Orchestra and Chorus

Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor

Renata Tebaldi, soprano

Mario Del Monaco, tenor

Decca 411871

 

Giuseppe Verdi

Aida “Triumphal March”

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

James Levine, conductor

Sony 7527722


Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo Act IV, Sc 2:  “Il Grande Inquisitor!”

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

James Levine, conductor

Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass

Samuel Ramey, bass

Sony 52500   

 

Giacomo Puccini

Tosca “Tosca, finalmente mia!”

Santa Cecilia Academy of Rome Orchestra and Chorus

Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor

Renata Tebaldi, soprano

George London, bass

Decca 411871

 

Giuseppe Verdi

Messa da Requiem “Dies irae”

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Riccardo Muti, conductor

CSO-Resound 9011008