UN BALLO IN MASCHERA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 12/10/1955
Mitropoulos; Peerce, Milanov, Merrill, Peters, Anderson
Historically, the major importance is Anderson in her only broadcast. She’s showing every one of her years. She had made her debut the previous season in a short run of 3 Ulricas. I’m not a Peerce fan, but he is OK. Merrill begins his string of eight of nine Ballo broadcasts over a 20 year period (only Milnes breaks the chain in 1973 for 1). Milanov is better heard with Bjorling from the Met in 1940 which was issued in the Verdi Bicentennial Met CD box. It should also be in MOoD. conducted by Mitropoulos– always of interest to me. This performance is in MOoD (as is Anderson’s premiere season with Tucker and Metternich) She’s in pretty rough voice on both outings. 10 years earlier and it would have been a different story. A great singer, and I didn’t know until checking the Met Database this afternoon that her Met farewell was actually in Cleveland in Ballo with Bjorling a few months later.
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