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Le Voce Di Lecce (The Voices Of Lecce)
Camassa, Demitry, Elmo,
Perulli, Rizzo,
Tafuro.

BERLIOZ
Benvenuto Cellini
Vickers, Gramm, Reardon, Wells
Les Troyens

Steber, Resnik, Cassilly

BEETHOVEN
Fidelio
Vickers

BELLINI
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Sills, Troyanos
La Sonnambula
Moffo

BIZET

sound track to DeMille Film
starring Geraldine Farrar

BRITTEN
Billy Budd
Britten, Pears, Uppman

DEBUSSEY
Pelleas et Melisande
A Collector's Pelléas

CILÈA
Adriana Lecouvreur
Favero

DITTERSDORF

Arcifanfano
Steber, Russell

FLOYD
Markheim
Triegle, Crofoot, Schuh
Susannah
Curtin, Triegle, Cassilly
Sojourner & Mollie Sinclair

GOUNOD
Faust

HANDEL
Giulio Cesare
Sills, Triegle

MASCAGNI / LEONCAVALLO
Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci
Vickers, Bumbry, Bergonzi,
MacNeil, others

MASSENET
Manon
Montserrat Caballe

MENOTTI
The Consul
soundtrack of
the 1960 telecast
The Medium
soundtrack of
the 1950 film

Mozart
Le Nozze di Figaro

MUSSORGSKY
Khovanshchina
Christoff, Petri,
Rodzinski cond.

OFFENBACH
Les Contes D'Hoffmann
Sills, Treigle, Turp

PUCCINI
La Boheme
Albanese & Di Stefano
La Boheme

Giorgini, Torri, Badini,
Legendary La Scala perf.
Madama Butterfly
Steber, Peerce, Bonelli
Tosca
Melis, Pauli, Granforte,
Legendary La Scala perf.
Madama Butterfly

Kirsten, Barioni, Torigi
       
RAVEL
L'heure Espagnole
Ravel cond. Premiere Rec.

REFICE
Cecilia
Scotto

ROSSINI
Semiramide
Sutherland, Horne

SAINT-SAËNS
Samson et Dalila
Stevens, Vinay

STRAUSS
Elektra
Borkh, Resnik, Schuh
Daphne
Bampton, Svanholm

VERDI
Falstaff
Rimini, Tassinari, Ghirardini
1st complete, 1932
La Forza del Destino
Milanov, Warren, Del Monaco
La Traviata
Rosza, Ziliani, Borgonova
Rigoletto
Piazza, Pagliughi, Folgar
Falstaff
Warren, Della Chiesa, Turp
Rigoletto
Leonard Warren
Un Ballo in Maschera
Jussi Bjorling

VON WAYDITCH

"The Caliph's Magician"
also "Jesus Before Herod
"

WAGNER
Tristan und Isolde
Melchior, Flagstad, Reiner
Tristan und Isolde
Vickers & Nilsson  

WEILL-BRECHT
Collectors' "Three Penny Opera"

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Tristan und Isolde (Wagner)
VAI AUDIO, 3 CDs: cat# 1178-3, $49.95

The dream pair of lovers: Birgit Nilsson and Jon Vickers (singing his first Tristan) in one of their very few appearances together in this opera. Live 1971 performance from Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, never before available on CD. Cast also features Norman Mittelmann, Grace Hoffman, and Franz Crass; Horst Stein conducts. Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Colón.

Isolde - BIRGIT NILSSON
Tristan - JON VICKERS
Brangäne - GRACE HOFFMAN
Kurwenal - NORMAN MITTELMANN
King Marke - FRANZ CRASS
Melot - RICARDO YOST
Young Sailor - RENATO SASSOLA
Steersman - TULIO GAGLIARDO

HORST STEIN, conductor
Tulio Boni, chorus master

Live Performance, September 1971

After having sung with Mr. Vickers in Die Walküre, Aida, and Fidelio, I, as well as everyone else, was looking forward to his Tristan ó myself especially, who, as the papers were writing, should get the ideal "playmate." I waited and waited.

Jon Vickers was even scheduled for a recording and some performances of Tristan, but alas, Jon, who is his own strongest critic, perhaps did not yet feel quite ready for the task. Finally, in September 1971 in Buenos Aires, Jon was singing his first Tristan. I had then been waiting for him just as long as Jacob waited for Rachel in the bible - 14 years! I am sure that everyone who is listening to Jon Vickersís Tristan will agree with me: he was worth waiting for!

BIRGIT NILSSON
Färlöv, Sweden
January 1999


I find it very difficult to put into words the feelings I had and still
have about singing with Birgit Nilsson. Birgit was, without question, the greatest Isolde of all time and I am certain that there would be very few who would differ in that opinion. As much as I so wanted to sing Tristan with her, I was determined not to take on anything that would harm my voice and shorten my career. The soprano voice matures sooner than the voice of the dramatic tenor and, to make things more difficult, I was younger than Birgit.Tristan is considered by many to be the most difficult tenor role in the German repertoire and as much as I was tempted to take on this role - continually pressured to do so - I put it off for a long period of time. When opportunity presented itself to go to Buenos Aires for six performances with Birgit I leapt at the chance. It was not a mistake. The thrill of singing anything with Birgit simply cannot be overstated. There was a meeting of minds and spirits and emotions as we melded in all our interpretations of this gigantic, beautiful work. What was so rewarding in this melding was that our voices - well matched - blended so well.

These words I have written as prelude to answering the question: What was it like to sing with Birgit? My answer may draw smiles when I say, as I have often said, that it was like singing with the Rock of Gibraltar - that beautiful, that powerful, and that "solid." It was an experience to ever be thankful for, and never to be forgotten. Thank you Birgit for your patient waiting so long, and for the joy you gave to me.

JON VICKERS
Bermuda
January 1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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