Fernanda Chiesa, Luigi Manfrini, and Carlo Albani sing I Lombardi (1913)
Helena Braun sings Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch (1950)
Lupino Lane and Teddie St Denis doing the Lambeth Walk, from the original London production of Noel Gay’s Me and My Girl (1937)
Aged 62, Maggie Teyte sets the gold standard in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (1950)
Petula Clark sings Downtown on the Dean Martin Show (1967)
Rumor has it that Glenn Gould (of all people) was quite taken with her.
Lisa della Casa as Pamina
She vaguely reminds me of Petula Clark singing Downtown ca. 1968. (Happy memories.)
Tino Pattiera and Meta Seinemeyer sing Andrea Chénier (1926)
Andrea Chénier is, hands down, one of my least favorite operas (and I find the ¡Viva la muerte! final duet particularly objectionable). Here, however, Pattiera and Seinemeyer make it sound like some marvelously murky Teutonic tragedy of the kind that unfailingly thrills me, without any of the histrionics that mar many Italian recordings.
Danny Kaye sings “Tschaikowsky and Other Russians,” from Kurt Weill’s Lady in the Dark (1941)
Christoph Willibald Gluck, Paride ed Elena
Spiagge amate ove talora
l’idol mio lieta s’aggira
ruscelletti ove si mira
quando infiora il crine o il sen.
Chiari fonti, ove si bagna,
erbe in cui passa le piante,
Voi pietose a un core amante,
dite voi, che fa il mio ben?
Chiari fonti, ruscelletti, spiagge amate,
ove si bagna, ove si mira, ove s’aggira
dite, dite voi…