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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"In her scene Leisner is partnered by the Wotan of Friedrich Schorr, who is generally very well treated by the microphones. He is certainly the most impressive of the singers to be heard here. His tone, very baritonal, is rather a shock to listeners accustomed to the more bass-orientated voices of Hans Hotter and his successors, but he manages to encompass the low notes in his narration and elsewhere with plenty of body and delivers some stunning top Fs. Many critics have regarded him as the greatest exponent of the role of all time. John Steane remarks that he “performs that peculiar kind of disservice of which all great artists are guilty. No one who carries in his head Schorr’s singing of Abendlich strahlt … is likely to hear another performance without some yearning to get back to the gramophone, and listen again to Schorr.”" - MusicWeb International, 2014