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Saturday, December 24, 2016 Permalink

At The Opera, Puccini: La Boheme and Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, December 24, 2016


La bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scenes of a Day in the Life of Bohemians by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La bohème was in Turin on February 1, 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini; its U.S. premiere took place the following year, 1897, in Los Angeles. Since then, La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.


Mimi – Renata Tebaldi

Rodolfo – Giacinto Prandelli

Musetta – Hilde Gueden

Marcello – Giovanni Inghilleri

Alberto Erede – conductor

Decca - 1951

Amahl and the Night Visitors is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti with an original English libretto by the composer. It was commissioned by NBC and first performed by the NBC Opera Theatre on December 24, 1951, in New York City at NBC studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, where it was broadcast live on television from that venue as the debut production of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. It was the first opera specifically composed for television in America.


Amahi – Chet Allen

The Mother – Rosemary Kulmann

Thomas Schippers – conductor


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:12 p.m.
Puccini: La Boheme BUY Rome ; Alberto Erede, conductor
10:00 p.m.
10:38 p.m.
Gian Carlo Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors BUY NBC Television Theater Orchestra; Thomas Schippers, conductor Chet Allen
RCA 64852RG
11:00 p.m.
11:26 p.m.
Irving Berlin: White Christmas BUY Philharmonia Orchestra; Carl Davis, conductor Kiri Te Kanawa
Decca 414632-2
11:30 p.m.
Felix Bernard: Winter Wonderland BUY Philharmonia Orchestra; Carl Davis, conductor Kiri Te Kanawa
Decca 414632-2
11:34 p.m.
trad.: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas BUY Philharmonic Orchestra; Carl Davis, conductor Kiri te Kanawa
Decca 414632-2
11:38 p.m.
Fritz Wunderlich BUY from The Christmas Album
11:40 p.m.
Fritz Wunderlich BUY from The Christmas Album
11:42 p.m.
Wesley-Mendelssohn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing BUY RCA Orchestra; Henri Rene, conductor Mario Lanza
RCA Gold Seal 6427-2-RG
11:45 p.m.
Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria BUY from Christmas with Mario Lanza; composed by Bach/Gounod
RCA Gold Seal 6427-2-RG
11:50 p.m.
Leontyne Price BUY from Leontyne Price: Christmas Songs

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