A sad confluence September 16, 2007Posted by Jeff in Italian, Opera, Theater.
The most influential soprano of the twentieth century died on my birthday.
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In a performance broadcast on the Ed Sullivan Show at the time of her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1956, Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts the Act II finale from Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, with Maria Callas in the title role and George London as Scarpia. She is introduced by the Met’s general manager Rudolf Bing, who fired her two years later.
I am once again indebted to Parterre Box for this clip.