Episode 48: 1960-1961

Elisabeth Söderström

Alfred Hubay was in his final year as Chief Usher for the Metropolitan Opera during the 1960-1961 season and in this episode, he relays many momentous events, including the quiet retirement of Rise Stevens, the unfortunate departure from the Met of Cesare Valletti in a new production of L’elisir d’amore with Elisabeth Söderstrom and Fernando Corena, a new production of Martha with Victoria de los Angeles and Richard Tucker, a new production of Tannhäuser with Hans Hopf, Leonie Rysanek and Victoria de los Angeles (her single Met Elisabeth), Hermann Prey and conductor Georg Solti in their Met debuts and the debut of Anneliese Rothenberger as Zdenka in Arabella. (Part 3 of 3).
(Recorded 10 March 2012)

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