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Teresa Stratas stars in this lavish television production. The delightful and witty English translation – performed with impeccable diction by a cast of first-rate singing actors – makes this a perfect introduction to opera for fans of musical theater, and enhances the enjoyment of this bittersweet comedy for veteran opera lovers as well. The supporting cast includes Anastasios Vrenios as Ruggero, Barbara Shuttleworth as Lisette, and John Walker as Prunier; CBC Orchestra and Chorus / Brian Priestman, conductor. Produced by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1971.
Color, 85 minutes, 4:3, All regions (Not available in Russia, Israel, or Turkey)
Opera in Three Acts
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami, adapted from a German libretto by Alfred Maria Willner and Heinz Reichert
English version (“The Swallow”) by Robert Hess
Magda: Teresa Stratas
Ruggero: Anastasios Vrenios
Lisette: Barbara Shuttleworth
Prunier: John Walker
Rambaldo: Cornelis Opthof
CBC Orchestra and Chorus
Brian Priestman, conductor
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