Panizza's 1942 Elixir of Love, live at the New York Metropolitan Opera
Unique transfers from off-air glass acetates by Ward Marston
DONIZETTI L'elisir d'amore [notes/score] Broadcast performance, January 3, 1942, with announcements by Milton Cross
THE CAST Bidú Sayão Adina Bruno Landi Nemorino Francesco Valentino Belcore Salvatore Baccaloni Dulcamara Mona Paulee Giannetta Choir and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York Ettore Panizza conductor
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"The New York Philharmonic items were recorded electrically by Bell Telephone from a telephone transmission line of a radio broadcast, as an experimental test of the system of electrical recordings that it was developing at the time. Along with three earlier broadcasts of Philharmonic concerts (December 3 and 17, 1923; January 21, 1924), they are the first live recordings of a symphony orchestra ... Ninety-five percent of our readership would hate this disc, but, for those who care, it is a revelation, a treasure to be savored." - Fanfare, 2010