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...with a CD GIVEAWAY that harks back to the days when the MET blazed its path to glory in the modern era - under the courtly AND charismatic leadership of Sir Rudolf Bing, the company's General Manager for 22 invariably newsworthy seasons (1950-1972).

Originally issued as an LP, this first international release on CD of highlights from the gala tribute - held on the final night of Sir Rudolf's reign (April 22, 1972) and broadcast on April 30 - is filled with nostalgia and emotion as singers celebrated for their golden voices, a few of whom are now gone, sang arias and duets from some of the world's most beloved operas in homage to the man responsible in no small measure for catapulting them to stardom and for transforming the Met into the cultural powerhouse that it is today.

CLICK on the LINKS below to listen to clips from the CD's featured selections. Except for the background music clip - Track 5 which is a spoof based on "Chacun a son goût" from J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus and sung with spunk and gusto by the celebrated mezzo-soprano REGINA RESNIK (photo at right), all the selections are arias and duets - pure and unadulterated- delivered at the intensity level of fully staged productions.

Let's have some fun and make of the clips a little quiz to see how well you know - from the voice or the image - the opera stars of yesteryears who sang them. Of those featured in the CD, only one singer continues to pursue an active career on the operatic stage to this day. Can you guess who?

Tr 1: "Tacea la notte placida" 
from Verdi's Il trovatore



Richard Bonynge, cond.
Tr 2: "Tu, tu, amore? Tu?"
from Puccini's Manon Lescaut



James Levine, cond.
Tr 3: "Ah, du wolltest mich night deinen Mund küssen lassen"
from R. Strauss' Salome


Karl Böhm, cond.
Tr 4: "Dove sono"
from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro



Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, cond.

Tr 6: "Invano Alvaro"
from Verdi's La forza del destino



Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, cond.

Tr 7: "Gia nella notte dansa"
from Verdi's Otello


Karl Böhm, cond.

Hint: Some of the artists featured on the CD are shown in the following slideshow of headshots and Metropolitan Opera production photos of .



Photo credits: Metropolitan Opera Archives

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