Death Scenes from French Opera

June 22, 2019, 4:30 pm

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Feodor Chaliapin as Don Quichotte.

Dorothy Kirsten welcomes death in Thaïs. Franco Corelli as Don José murders Leontyne Price as Carmen. Over the top melodrama abounds as Feodor Chaliapin succumbs as Don Quichotte.


“Death of Thaïs” from Thaïs by Jules Massenet
Dorothy Kirsten, soprano; Robert Merrill, baritone; Orchestra; Jean Paul Morel, conductor
(New York 1947. LP: RCA VIC‐1552)

“Death of Don Quichotte” from Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet
Feodor Chaliapin, bass; Orchestra
(New York 1927. MARSTON 51 301‐2)

“C’est toi…C’est moi” from Carmen by Georges Bizet
Leontyne Price, soprano; Franco Corelli, tenor; Vienna State Opera Chorus; Vienna Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor
(Vienna 1963. RCA VICTOR 74321‐39495‐2)