vocal concert & recital
selected opera acts,
opera preludes/overtures

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 díÉté
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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Eileen Farrell: An American Prima Donna
VAI DVD 4272, $29.95

The magnificent voice of soprano Eileen Farrell in a program of songs and arias showcasing her artistic versatility. Arias from Aida, Madama Butterfly, La Forza del Destino, La Gioconda, the last two of which are staged and in costume; also, songs by Fauré, Poulenc, and Gershwin. Produced by the CBC, Montreal, this video is a welcome tribute to a singer whose operatic and classical interpretations are under-represented on recordings. (60 min., 1969, black & white)

  • 1) Gluck: Alceste - Divinités du Styx (4:26)
  • 2) Puccini: Madama Butterfly - Un bel dì vedremo (4:25) 
  • 3) Verdi: Aida - Ritorna, vincitor! (6:36)
  • 4) Fauré (text: Sully-Prudhomme): Les Berceaux (3:00)
  • 5) Debussy (text: Louÿs): La Chevelure (3:37) *
  • 6) Poulenc (text: Aragon): "C" (2:50)* 
  • 7) Ponchielli: La Gioconda - Nessun víha visto? . . . Suicidio! (9:02) 
  • 8) Verdi: La Forza Del Destino - Pace, pace, mio Dio! (5:22)
  • 9) Gershwin: But Not for Me (Publisher: Warner Chappell Music) (3:34)

Eileen Farrell, soprano
Orchestra of Radio-Canada, Montréal
Jean Deslauriers, conductor
*with John Newmark, piano

Some people go through life assuming that Eileen Farrell the classical singer and Eileen Farrell the pop stylist are different performers, and who can blame them? Few artists of this century possessed Eileenís remarkable versatility, which is abundantly present in this video. Eileenís unshakable technique and vocal splendor remained constants no matter what she was singing, but her command of style was nothing short of chameleon-like. Here, sheís heard torching George Gershwinís "But Not for Me" and singing three mélodies that convey her deep love of French song. She also serves up a wide range of arias including a wonderfully conversational "Un bel dì," a lustrous "Divinités du Styx" and a " Ritorna, vincitor!" guaranteed to make her fans regret that she never tackled the complete role of Aida. "Oh, honey," she said to me not long ago, "I never could have sung Aida. Too damned many high Cs!" Sorry, Eileen I think this video proves otherwise.

Brian Kellow
Executive Editor, OPERA NEWS

Brian Kellow is co-author, wth Eileen Farrell, of Canít Help Singing: The Life of Eileen Farrell (Northeastern University Press, November 1999).
















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