Original Air Date: 02/15/1964
Santi; McCracken, Rysanek, Colzani, Alexander
I would much prefer us hearing several other McCracken Otellos which have not been broadcast, especially the 1963 with Tucci at her considerable best under Solti or McCracken’s last in 1972 under Bohm which is marked as having been on Sirius, but not very often. McCracken holds the Met record at 59 followed by Domingo at 40, and Vickers and Leo Slezak at 31. Rysanek bids farewell to Verdi at the Met with a whimper. (she has a Don Carlo broadcast a month later that at least has a few high points, but some poor sections there as well). In more than 20 years after these performances, she is not heard in Italian opera except for an occasional Tosca (the last in 1979).
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