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Included are her earliest recorded Aïda, three Puccini operas—Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Manon Lescaut—along with two live performance works: Honneger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher and the Rossini Stabat Mater, plus eight bonus arias that Value hardly ever sang in public, from Handel to Giordano, and together with “Tu che le vanità” from Don Carlo and Isolde’s Liebestod.

I solely heard Value twice in particular person. The primary was on the twenty fifth Anniversary Gala of Lyric Opera of Chicago throughout which she carried out “Ritorna vincitor” after being launched by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf! A whole broadcast of that special day may be heard right here.

5 years later and two months earlier than her Met farewell as Aïda, I attended a recital by Value in my hometown’s cavernous Memorial Corridor. I had given up on staged opera in Dayton years earlier, so it was fairly thrilling to listen to one of many greatest stars in her jam-packed native look. 1984 proved to be an atypical Dayton diva yr as Marilyn Horne too appeared in recital 5 months earlier. I apologize for Ohio audiences as you’ll hear them applaud after particular person actions within the Cincinnati Might Competition Stabat Mater, a piece Value didn’t sing typically.

An apocryphal story has made the rounds that towards the tip of her profession Value would instruct her administration to rearrange for 10 recitals per yr at a price of $100,000 every. I don’t know if she truly commanded that kind of price however it speaks to a famous person standing that few have attained earlier than or since.

Apart from the Honegger broadcast with Mr. and Mrs. Bernstein, almost all of as we speak’s choices are “pirate” in-house recordings, so some particular indulgence is requested for his or her sound high quality. As well as, the Aïda. Butterfly and Tosca are every lacking bits of music.

The Philadelphia Aïda befell two months previous to her Met debut and is an early collaboration with Carlo Bergonzi with whom Value sang typically on the Met. It would seem like a typical Met solid for the time besides that the Ramfis is Norman Treigle and the conductor Julius Rudel. The San Francisco Butterfly comes from later in that Met debut yr and is just one of two stay Value Cio-Cio-Sans I’ve encountered; the opposite comes from the Met 12 years later.

Value first sang Puccini’s Manon in San Francisco in fall 1974; throughout the identical season she introduced it to the Met. She sang simply 4 performances and the printed went to Dorothy Kirsten. I ponder if John Alexander was Value’s initially scheduled Des Grieux?

The excerpt from Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae runs almost eighteen minutes, for much longer than the chunk obtainable on YouTube.

Honneger: Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher

Joan of Arc: Felicia Montealegre
Brother Dominic: Martial Singher
The Virgin: Adele Addison
Margaret: Leontyne Value
Catherine: Frances Bible
A Voice, John of Luxembourg, Regnault of Chartres, Porcus,
First Herald: David Lloyd
William of Flavy, A Voice, Second Herald: Lorenzo Alvary

Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
New York Philharmonic
27 April 1958


Verdi: Aïda

Aïda: Leontyne Value
Amneris: Irene Dalis
Priestess: Eva Nir
Radames: Carlo Bergonzi
Amonasro: Anselmo Colzani
Ramfis: Norman Treigle
Pharaoh: John Macurdy
Messenger: Orrin Hill

Conductor: Julius Rudel

Philadelphia Lyric Opera
November 11, 1960
In-house recording


Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Cio-Cio-San: Leontyne Value
Suzuki:  Mildred Miller
Kate Pinkerton: Margot Blum
Lt. B. F. Pinkerton: Sandor Konya
Sharpless: Vladimir Ruzdak
Goro: Howard Fried
The Bonze: Joshua Hecht
Prince Yamadori: Raymond Nilsson

Conductor: Kurt Herbert Adler

San Francisco Opera
22 September 1961
In-house recording

Puccini: Tosca (barely abridged)

Tosca – Leontyne Value
Cavaradossi – Flaviano Labó
Scarpia – Giuseppe Taddei
Sacristan: Erich Kunz
Angelotti – Nicola Zaccaria
Spoletta – Erich Majkut
Sciaronne – Harald Pröglhö

Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

Vienna Staatsoper
10 June 1964
In-house recording

Rossini: Stabat Mater

Leontyne Value
Susanne Marsee
John Alexander
Robert Hale

Conductor: Julius Rudel

Cincinnati Might Competition
14 Might 1971
In-house recording

Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Manon: Leontyne Value
Solo Madrigalist: Marcia Baldwin
Des Grieux: John Alexander
Lescaut: William Walker
Geronte: Fernando Corena
Edmondo: Jon Garrison

Conductor: Peter Herman Adler

Metropolitan Opera
7 February 1975
In-house recording

A Leontyne Miscellany: Arias with Orchestra in Live performance

1958   Handel: Amadigi & Giordano: Andrea Chénier

1959   R. Strauss: Die Liebe der Danae

1975   Verdi: Don Carlo; Massenet: Thaïs; Verdi: La Traviata

1979   Mozart: Idomeneo

1985   Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Two sacred works by Brahms and Bruckner with Karajan conducting stay obtainable right here.

Her spectacular all-star Buenos Aires Il Trovatore with Fiorenza Cossotto, Bergonzi and Piero Cappuccilli may be heard right here.

Every Value efficiency observe may be downloaded by clicking on the icon of a cloud with an arrow pointing downward on the audio participant above and the ensuing mp3 file will seem in your obtain listing.

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