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Episode 3

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Wednesday 06 July 2011

Donald Macleod explores Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti's creation of an American Christmas tradition that introduced a whole generation to the joy of opera. The composer finished only days before the broadcast from Studio 8-H of New York's Radio City Music Hall, on Christmas Eve 1951, when the first opera written expressly for television went live on the air. It became one of the most frequently performed pieces on the American stage, clocking up over 2,000 performances in the late 1960s alone.

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    Gian Carlo Menotti Amahl and the night visitors - television opera in 1 act

    Performer: Kevin SHORT(Baritone) Performer: Nashville S O

    Naxos, 8.669019

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    Gian Carlo Menotti Excerpt [The] Saint of Bleeker Street

    Conductor: Richard HICKOX Performer: Timothy RICHARDS(Tenor) Performer: Sandra ZELTZER(Soprano) Performer: Yvonne HOWARD(Contralto) Performer: Riccardo BARTOLI(Singer) Performer: Spoleto Festival Choir Performer: Spoleto Festival Orchestra

    Chandos, CHAN 9971

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    Gian Carlo Menotti Apocalypse for large orchestra

    Conductor: James DEPREIST Performer: Oregon Symphony Orchestra

    KOCH, 3-7156-2H1

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