We don't have voices like this anymore. Don't miss this!
I saw this program when it premiered on broadcast TV. I haven't seen it since except in my mind's eye and ear several times a year.
That counts as unforgettable, doesn't it?
I especially remember the excellent job of hosting Peters and Merrill both do. Especially when he introduces Sills: "Here's Beverly, at her best." He was right. She sings "Oh Luce de quest'anima". with sure confidence, no BROAD gestures, or smile, she nails it, she nails it, and nails it again. Like it was absolutely nothing for her. THAT was Sills in her prime, pre 1970 I believe.
Peters comment as she introduces Tebaldi and Corelli as "giants that we don't find in opera anymore" is sad and all too true. Still.
If you are a voice fan, you will be in heaven. And grateful that these excerpts were found.
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