Recitals (The Voice of Firestone) Movies on DVD
Philadelphia-born lyric-coloratura soprano Anna Moffo shines in this vintage "The Voice of Firestone" program. First achieving notice on Italian television with her brilliant performance in "Madama Butterfly," the renowned Ms. Moffo delivers arias from "Faust," "La Boheme," and "Pagliacci," as well as a selection of songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Baritone Robert Merrill, a frequent collaborator, also appears. 30 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Regarded as one of the most accomplished opera singers whose evolution as a major talent was based in the United States, noted soprano Eleanor Steber appears in this program performing a sumptuous selection of pieces from opera, operetta, and oratorio. This wide-ranging compilation from TV's "The Voice of Firestone," spanning 1950-54, includes Steber singing arias for "Le Nozze di Figaro," "Manon," "La Boheme," "Otello," and "Messiah." 65 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Though illness limited Canadian-born operatic star George London to a 15-year career in the spotlight, the handsome bass-baritone nevertheless left a major impact with his skillful interpretations of Mozart, Wagner, and Verdi, among others. Here, London is seen performing arias from "Aida" and "Boris Godunov," along with music by Romberg, Kern, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Joining him in this collection from "The Voice of Firestone" are guests Nadine Conner and Dorothy Warenskjold. Soundtrack: English.
This appearance from "The Voice of Firestone" features Joan Sutherland performing, commenting on her predecessors, and serving as a guide through the Age of Bel Canto. Sutherland's selections include pieces from "Artaxerxes," "Semiramide," "La Favorita," "La Boheme," and "Les Huguenots." 30 min. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
A trio of early programs salutes the world-class tenor whose booming, refined voice won him acclaim. Bjoerling sings selections from Puccini, Herbert, Gounod and others, and is joined in the second show by his wife, Anna-Lisa. 65 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Danish-born singer Lauritz Melchior defined the term "heroic tenor" with his powerful voice, perfect accuracy, and seamless legato. In this collection of '50s and '60s TV appearances on the "Voice of Firestone" series, the acclaimed tenor performs selections from "Lohengrin," "I Pagliacci," "The Student Prince," and other operatic favorites, as well as "Some Enchanted Evening" from "South Pacific." 90 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Soprano Tebaldi and tenor Corelli were part of opera's Italian "renaissance" after World War II. Here they are captured in all their majestic glory in these vintage performances taken from 1959 and 1963 telecasts. Includes selections from Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," "Tosca" and "La Boheme," as well as works by Mascagni, Wolf-Ferrari, di Capua, and D'Annibale. 55 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Famed tenor and Metropolitan Opera master Tucker was one of the world's most renowned interpreters of the classics. Selections from "Carmen," "Aida," "Rigoletto" and popular winners like "America the Beautiful" and "Around the World in 80 Days" receive stunning renditions in this collection of performances that were culled from "Voice of Firestone." 36 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
The mezzo-soprano par excellence was one of the stars of the Metropolitan Opera, awing everyone with her voice, beauty and stage manner. This compilation of rare performances from "The Voice of Firestone" telecasts includes Stevens bringing her talents to works from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bizet, Schubert, Stults, Mozart, and many more. 97 min. Standard; English Dolby Digital stereo.
They're among the most renowned voices to ever grace the operatic stage, and on this "Voice of Firestone" compilation you'll be treated to rare TV performances by Roberta Peters, Leontyne Price, Eleanor Steber, Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi, Helen Traubel and six other stars. 58 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
An astonishing array of excellent "Voice of Firestone" TV appearances by such leading tenors as Jan Peerce, Lauritz Melchior, Nicolai Gedda, Jess Thomas, and Jussi Bjorling is offered on this great program. 58 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.