V2622. MET SINGERS' ROUNDTABLE, Vol. III, incl. Cyril Ritchard interviews Martina Arroyo, Ezio Flagello, James McCracken & Birgit Nilsson, 20 Feb., 1971; Robert Gutman interviews Maria Jeritza & Lotte Lehmann, 2 Feb., 1963; Francis Robinson discusses Marjorie Lawrence, 1 Jan., 1972. [In professional sound, the ideal gift for any opera lover who already has everything! These mementi are irresistible components to any aficionado's collection!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-991. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“John Gutman (1902-1992), an assistant manager at the Metropolitan Opera, had the opportunity to interview Lehmann & Jeritza during the Saturday afternoon broadcasts. In 1962, Lotte Lehmann and Maria Jeritza, her rival who she despised, were brought together for an interview. The vitriol flew and the [above] is the result. Early Versions and the Second Version of ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Richard Strauss as a conductor, are discussed, plus DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN, ELEKTRA, SALOME, INTERMEZZO, and ROSENKAVALIER, Puccini, TOSCA, and IL TRITTICO, Contemporary Singing.”
- OPERA NEWS
“Broadcasting ‘live’ means dead time between acts….Over the years the solutions were many, and eventually the intermission feature became, for most radio auditors, a cherishable part of Saturday afternoons at the Met….on the Christmas Eve matinee of 1949 Mary Garden, on a lecture tour of the United States from her home in Scotland, joined in the game…The parade of retired divas before the microphone went on and on in the fifties with Garden, Marjorie Lawrence, and Ponselle…OPERA ROUNDTABLE was initially designed for a ‘brilliant group of critics, artists and musical personalities’….In 1966, Milton Cross tells groups of Met artists…(Albanese, Siepi, Judith Raskin, and Geraint Evans) assembled on OPERA NEWS ON THE AIR to ‘discuss singing’….”
- Paul JACKSON, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD MET, pp.323, 329, 330, 331; SIGN-OFF FOR THE OLD MET, p.330