Robert Merrill at 100

May 20, 2017, 4:30 pm

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Larry recalls the great American baritone for his 100th birthday anniversary. We will hear him in his most prominent Verdi roles as well as the Toreador in Carmen and the title role in the Barber of Seville.



Verdi: La Traviata, “Di Provenza il Mar”
Robert Merrill with the NBC Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Arturo Toscanini
Recorded at the NBC Studios, Rockefeller Center, New York
During a 1946 NBC Radio broadcast

Massenet: Herodiade, “Vision Fugitive”
Robert Merrill with orchestra
Conducted by Jean Paul Morel
Recorded in New York in 1946
EMI CDH 7 69743 2

Rossini: The Barber of Seville, “Largo al Factotum”
Robert Merrill with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conducted by Erich Leinsdorf
Recorded in New York in 1958
RCA VICTOR 09026-68552-2

Verdi: Un Ballo en Maschera, “Eri Tu”
Robert Merrill with the RCA Italiana Orchestra
Conducted by Erich Leinsdorf
Recorded in Rome in 1966
Bizet: Carmen, “Toreador Song”
Robert Merrill with Leontyne Price, Monique Linval and Genvieve Macaux
The Vienna State Opera Chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Herbert Von Karajan
Recorded in Vienna in 1963
RCA 74321-39495-2