vocal concert & recital
selected opera acts,
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compilations or telecasts
starring various artists

Connecticut Yankee (Rodgers & Hart)
starring Eddie Albert

An Old Fashioned Christmas
Bell Telephone Hour, 1959-1966

New Year’s Concert, 2011
- From the Teatro La Fenice
with Daniel Harding

New Year Concert, 2010
-From the Teatro La Fenice
with Sir John Elliot Gardner

New Year's Concert 2009
-From the Teatro La Fenice
Georges Prêtre

New Year Concert 2008
- From the Teatro La Fenice

Roberto Abbado

Mireille (Abridged)
- & Pelléas et Mélisande (Act 2)

Alarie, Simoneau, Savoie,
Chiocchio, Dulude, Harbour,
Rouleau. Danco, Savoie, Jeanotte.

Harold Arlen:
- An All-Star Tribute

Cole Porter - All Star Tribute
Ethel Merman, John Raitt,
Martha Wright, Gretchen Wyler,
Peter Nero, and Jillana

Bell Telephone Hour!
Great Stars of Opera
- Vol 1, 2 & 3

Producers' Showcase:
Festival of Music, Vol 1 & 2

Great Singers of Russia Vol 1
"Chaliapin to Reizen"
Great Singers of Russia Vol 2
"Petrov to Kazarnovskaya"

Sherrill Milnes - All-Star Gala

Domingo, Freni, Miguenes,
Milnes, Schreier

by artist last name:

A Portrait in Music

Bergonzi, Carlo
In Concert

, Benjamin
Rehearsal & Performance
with Peter Pears

Bumbry, Grace
Art of Grace Bumbry
in Concert

Caballé, Montserrat
In Concert
In Recital, plus Norma Act 1
In Recital (1983)

, Barbara
Bell Telephone Appearances

Cosí fan Tutte, Act 1

Del Monaco, Mario
Scenes: Carmen and Pagliacci

De Los Angeles
, Victoria
Glory of Spain
with McGill Chamber Orchestra

Di Stefano,
La Voce del Cuore

Kiss Me, Kate

, Eileen
American Prima Donna

Freni, Mirrela
with Cesare Siepi in Concert

Gray, Dolores
Bell Telephone Hour

, Florence
First Ladies of Broadway
Bell Telephone Hour

, Marilyn
Berlioz: Les Nuits d’Été
In Recital - Milan, 1981
in Concert

Hvorostovsky, Dimitri
Songs of the Russian War Years
In Concert

Jackson, Mahalia
TV from 1957 to 1962

in Recital

, Gwyneth
In Concert

Jones, Shirley
First Ladies of Broadway
Bell Telephone Hour

Live in Salzburg

In Recital

In Performance

Lawrence, Carol
Bell Telephone Hour

, George
A Tribute

Lenya, Lotte
Theater Songs of Brecht & Weill

Lorengar, Pilar
In Recital

, Gisela
Theater Songs of Brecht & Weill

, Mary
& Merman, Ethel
Ford's 50th Anniversary

Milnes, Sherrill
An All Star Gala

Moffo, Anna
A Tribute

Kiss Me, Kate

, Elena
In Recital

Nilsson, Birgit
Bell Telephone Hour

, Russell
America's Legendary

Songs and Arias

Pavarotti, Luciano
The 1984 Bari Recital

Pears, Peter
Britten in Rehearsal
& Performance

Price, Leontyne
Art of
Christmas With

Quilico, Louis
Concerto Italiano
A Portrait (w/ Tebaldi)

Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth
A Viennese Evening

Scotto, Renata
In Budapest

, Cesare
with Mirrela Freni in Concert

, Gérard
The Art of Vols. 1 & 2

Steber, Eleanor
Cosí fan Tutte, Act 1

Sutherland, Joan
Complete Bell Telephone
The Art of Joan Sutherland

Tebaldi, Renata
Concerto Italiano
A Portrait

Te Kanawa, Kiri
An Evening with

Vickers, Jon
Four Operatic Portraits
Vickers & Böhm
Early TV Appearances

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Benjamin Britten: In Rehearsal and Performance with Peter Pears
VAI DVD 4277, $24.95

Britten: Nocturne for Tenor, 7 Obbligato Instruments & Strings, Op. 60 to texts by various English poets, with PETER PEARS, tenor, and the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) has recently been dubbed "The Greatest Musician of the Century" by the New York Times. This program, the first complete performance video available of the composer/conductor, provides a fascinating look at Britten’s skills as an interpreter of his own music. The video is especially valuable as a document of the legendary artistic collaboration between Britten and his longtime companion Peter Pears, the tenor for whom most of his vocal music was written. Produced by the CBC, Vancouver. (60 min., 1962, black & white)

Bonus segments on DVD version feature Britten in a 1968 interview for Canadian television, and Pears singing two Elizabethan songs with Julian Bream, lute. 1962, 74 minutes (including Bonus segments).

  • I REHEARSAL (With commentary by Peter Pears) 32:20
  • BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976)
    Nocturne for Tenor, 
    7 Obbligato Instruments & Strings, Op. 60
    (1958) to texts by various English poets (Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes)
  • 1) Very slow and soft - On a poet’s lips I slept 3:02
      Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)  
  • 2) Majestic - Below the thunders of the upper deep 2:49
     Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)  
  • 3) Slow Waltz - Encinctured with a twine of leaves 2:55
     Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)  
  • 4) As the Start - Midnight’s bell goes ting, ting, ting 2:12
     Thomas Middleton (c.1570-1627)  
  • 5) Steady March - But that night / When on my bed I lay 3:03
     William Wordsworth (1770- 1850)  
  • 6) Slow and Regular - She sleeps on soft, last breaths 3:13 
    Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) 
  • 7) Quick - What is more gentle than a wind in summer? 3:32
     John Keats (1795-1821)  
  • 8) Slow - When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see 3:55
     William Shakespeare (1564- 1616) Sonnet XLIII

Peter Pears, tenor
Benjamin Britten, conductor
CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra
CBC telecast of April 29, 1962















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