Friday 4 November 2005


Whilst listening to an Emma Kirkby disc, first issued in 1984, for one review I was looking at another by Licia Albanese for another review. Both artists have in common a remarkably longevity. Albanese appeared in the 1937 Coronation Season at Covent Garden when she appeared as Liu to Eva Turner's Turandot, conducted by John Barbirolli, extracts of which were recorded live. Albanese had a long association with the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and went on to sing in the concert performance of Stephen Sondheim's Follies which was recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1985 (when Albanese was over 70).

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