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      Robert Merrill at 100

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      Larry recalls the great American baritone for his 100th birthday anniversary. We will hear him in his most prominent Verdi roles as well as the Toreador in Carmen and as the Barber of Seville.

      Playlist:

      Verdi: La Traviata, “Di Provenza il Mar”
      Robert Merrill with the NBC Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Arturo Toscanini
      Recorded at the NBC Studios, Rockefeller Center, New York
      During a 1946 NBC Radio broadcast
      RCA VICTOR 60303-2-RG

      Massenet: Herodiade, “Vision Fugitive”
      Robert Merrill with orchestra
      Conducted by Jean Paul Morel
      Recorded in New York in 1946
      EMI CDH 7 69743 2

      Rossini: The Barber of Seville, “Largo al Factotum”
      Robert Merrill  with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conducted by Erich Leinsdorf
      Recorded in New York in 1958
      RCA VICTOR 09026-68552-2

      Verdi: Un Ballo en Maschera, “Eri Tu”
      Robert Merrill with the RCA Italiana Orchestra
      Conducted by Erich Leinsdorf
      Recorded in Rome in 1966

      Bizet: Carmen, “Toreador Song”
      Robert Merrill with Leontyne Price, Monique Linval and Genvieve Macaux
      The Vienna State Opera Chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
      Conducted by Herbert Von Karajan
      Recorded in Vienna in 1963
      RCA 74321-39495-2

       

      One Response to “Robert Merrill at 100”

      1. Love Larry Johnson’s “Arias and Songs.” Wish it were an hour long, instead of a half-hour. So much to learn and love. Thank you, Mr. Johnson!

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