American baritone Robert Merrill is one of a handful of opera singers whose performances and recordings provide the very definition of what one regards a “great singing.” Over a long and illustrious career, Merrill’s pure, mellow tone, produced without effort, yet possessing great power and richness, has thrilled audiences throughout the world. His numerous appearances on The Voice of Firestone telecasts attest to the consistency of his singing, and the charismatic personality which made Robert Merrill one of this country’s most celebrated artists.
Selections:Telecast of September 9, 1957:I. Firestone: Introduction and If I Could Tell YouWeill: September SongBizet: Toreador Song from CarmenLehar: Yours Is My Heart Alone from The Land of Smiles
Telecast of June 1, 1959:Rossini: Largo al factotum from Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Telecast of October 3, 1955:Leoncavallo: Mattinatade Curtis: Torna a SurrientoJurmann : Cosi Cosa
Telecast of June 13, 1955 :Speaks : SylviaLeoncavallo : Prologue to I Pagliacci
Telecast of June 11, 1956:Arr. Scott: A Rovin’Thomas: Drinking Song from HamletWarren: I Only Have Eyes For you
Telecast of May 20, 1957:Lerner-Loewe: On The Street Where You Live (from My Fair Lady)Verdi: Il balen from Il TrovatoreHerbert: Every Day is Ladies Day from The Red MillI. Firestone: Closing and In My Garden
Howard Barlow, Conductor
This second volume devoted to Robert Merrill’s Voice of Firestone appearances further displays the American baritone’s effortless beauty of tone, remarkable consistency and charismatic personality.
Selections: Firestone: Opening and If I Could Tell You (7/18/55)Gounod: Avant de quitter from Faust (7/18/55)Kilmer-Rasbach : Trees (7/18/55)Romberg-Hammerstein : Stouthearted Men from New Moon (7/18/55)d’Hardelot: Because (5/20/57)Zucca-Cassel: I Love Life (6/11/56)di Capua: ‘O Sole Mio (6/11/56)Youmans-Heyman : Through the Years from Through the Years (9/17/56)Gheel-O’Reilly: For You Alone (9/17/56)Massenet: Vision Fugitive from Herodiade (9/17/56)Spolianski-Eyton: Tell Me Tonight (6/13/55)Howard Barlow, Conductor
Kern-Harbach: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes from Roberta (3/2/59)Rodgers & Hammerstein: You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel (1/13/63)Glenn Osser, Conductor
Youmans: Without a Song from Great Day! (11/10/58)Kern-Hammerstein: You Are Love from Showboat (11/10/58)Schwartz-Dietz: Dancing in the Dark from The Band Wagon (11/10/58)*Verdi: Di Provenza from La Traviata (1/30/56)Verdi : Imponete (Duet of Violetta and Germont) from La Traviata (1/30/56)*Howard Barlow, Conductor
Friere: Ay, ay, ay (1/10/55)Herbert-Young: I’m Falling in Love with Someone from Naughty Marietta (1/10/55)Herbert-Blossom: Thine Alone from Eileen (1/10/55)I. Firestone: Closing and In My Garden (1/10/55)Wilfrid Pelletier, Conductor
*With Elaine Malbin, Soprano
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