The Bell Telephone Hour (1959–1968)

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The long-running television version of the long-running NBC radio series devoted to classical music as well as Broadway composers.

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Edward Villella ...
 Himself - Ballet Dancer / ... (12 episodes, 1961-1968)
Jacques d'Amboise ...
 Himself - Dancer / ... (11 episodes, 1959-1965)
John Raitt ...
 Himself - Singer / ... (10 episodes, 1959-1966)
Joan Sutherland ...
 Herself - Opera Soprano / ... (10 episodes, 1961-1968)
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 Herself - Singer / ... (10 episodes, 1960-1967)
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 Herself - Hostess / ... (10 episodes, 1962-1966)
Donald Voorhees ...
 Himself - Host / ... (9 episodes, 1960-1968)
Earl Wrightson ...
 Himself (8 episodes, 1961-1965)
Grant Johannsen ...
 Himself - Pianist / ... (8 episodes, 1959-1965)
Patricia McBride ...
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 Himself - Singer / ... (7 episodes, 1959-1965)
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 Herself - Ballerina / ... (7 episodes, 1959-1966)
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 Himself - Host / ... (7 episodes, 1960-1966)
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 Herself - Singer / ... (7 episodes, 1960-1965)
Richard Tucker ...
 Himself - Opera Tenor / ... (7 episodes, 1961-1967)
The Brothers Four ...
 Themselves (7 episodes, 1961-1966)
Nicolai Gedda ...
 Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1959-1968)
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 Herself - Singer / ... (6 episodes, 1959-1966)
Allegra Kent ...
 Herself - Ballerina / ... (6 episodes, 1959-1966)
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 Himself - Pianist (6 episodes, 1959-1966)
Melissa Hayden ...
 Herself - Ballerina / ... (6 episodes, 1959-1965)
Martha Wright ...
 Herself - Singer / ... (6 episodes, 1959-1964)
Erik Bruhn ...
 Himself - Ballet Dancer / ... (6 episodes, 1961-1967)
Susan Watson ...
 Herself - Singer (6 episodes, 1964-1966)
Birgit Nilsson ...
 Herself - Opera Soprano / ... (5 episodes, 1961-1967)
José Iturbi ...
 Himself - Pianist / ... (5 episodes, 1959-1962)
Anna Moffo ...
 Herself - Opera Soprano (5 episodes, 1961-1967)
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 Himself - Host / ... (5 episodes, 1960-1965)
Dorothy Collins ...
 Herself - Singer (5 episodes, 1960-1965)
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 Herself - Host / ... (5 episodes, 1959-1966)
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 Himself - Host / ... (5 episodes, 1959-1966)
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 Himself - Singer (5 episodes, 1959-1965)
Lorin Hollander ...
 Himself - Pianist (5 episodes, 1959-1965)
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 Herself - Singer / ... (5 episodes, 1959-1961)
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 Himself - Clarinetist / ... (5 episodes, 1960-1966)
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 Herself - Singer (5 episodes, 1962-1966)
Robert Merrill ...
 Himself - Opera Baritone / ... (5 episodes, 1962-1966)
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 Himself - Ballet Dancer / ... (5 episodes, 1962-1965)
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 Herself - Singer (5 episodes, 1962-1965)
Matt Mattox ...
 Himself - Dancer (5 episodes, 1963-1965)
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 Herself - Singer / ... (5 episodes, 1964-1966)
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The long-running television version of the long-running NBC radio series devoted to classical music as well as Broadway composers.

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Was one of the first TV series to be telecast exclusively in color (using the color TV system perfected by RCA in 1954) and recorded on videotape. Many of the taped performances (several now 50 years old) survive to this day. See more »

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Nilsson in Recital
29 December 2003 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Soprano Birgit Nilsson is featured in a solo 45-minute opera recital, taken from a Bell Telephone Hour color telecast.

Beginning with "In Questa Reggia" from Puccini's "Turandot," Nilsson demonstrates she can sing works other than Wagner with great effectiveness.

The air, "Come Unto Me" from Handel's "Messiah" is given a smooth rendition, and Rossini's "Inflammatus et Acensus" presents Mme. Nilsson paired with a strong chorus of mixed voices.

The ensemble performs Faure's lovely "Sanctus" from "Requiem" by itself, and Nilsson concludes the program with three favorite arias, "Pace, Pace Mio Dio" from Verdi's "La Forza del Destino," "Vissi d'Arte" from Puccini's "Tosca" and finally "Brunnhilde's Immolation" from Wagner's "Die Gotterdammerung."

This last rendering, along with an earlier "Elisabeth's Prayer" from "Tannhauser," clearly shows Nilsson's instrument being ideally suited to the Wagnerian repertoire. Not only does she excel in cutting through that composer's often heavy orchestration, but her true personality comes vividly to life in German heroines.

Donald Vorhees beautifully conducts the Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra in this collector's item, produced by Henry Jaffe. Kultur Videos is responsible for having preserved this treasure, and making it available for today's public.


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