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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