All in the Family

March 3, 2019, 4:30 pm

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Opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich with their daughters at home, ca. 1959.

Close personal and professional relationships are explored. We recall those of Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge; Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich; Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears; and Roberto Alagna and his brothers.


“Un dì felice” from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Ailyn Pérez, soprano; Stephen Costello, tenor; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Patrick Summers, conductor
(London 2013. WARNER CLASSICS 0825646334858)

“Tu, tu, amore! Tu?” from Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Montserrat Caballé, soprano; Bernabé Martí, tenor; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
(London 1970. EMI 5 65533 2)

“Nobles seigneurs, salut” from Les Huguenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Henry Lewis, conductor
(London 1964. DECCA 475 395-2)

“Where the Bee Sucks” from Songs for Ariel by Sir Michael Tippett & Williams Shakespeare
Peter Pears, tenor; Benjamin Britten, piano
(London 1964. DECCA 478 2413)

“La Serenata” by Paolo Tosti
Joan Sutherland, soprano; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Bonynge, conductor
(London in 1963. DECCA 425 048-2)

“O Colombina” from Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Roberto Alagna, tenor; David and Frédérico Alagna, guitars
(Venice 1996. EMI 7243 5 56126 2 2)

“At the Ball” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Galina Vishnevskaya, soprano; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor
(London 1975. EMI 5 62654 2)