Episode 38: 1958-1959

Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco

As remembered by Alfred Hubay, there were many memorable moments of the 1958-1959 season of the Metropolitan Opera including a star studded opening nightTosca with Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco and George London, Renata Tebaldi’s first Met Butterfly and Manon Lescaut, how Rudolf Bing dealt with the cancellations and the ticket buyers, the firing of Maria Callas, a new production of Macbeth with Leonard Warren and Leonie Rysanek, Rudolf Bing’s superstitions and a new production of the double bill, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci directed by Jose Quintero. (Part 1 of 3).
(Recorded 26 January 2012)

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