V2625. MET SINGERS' ROUNDTABLE, Vol. IV, incl. Robert Gutman interviews Lotte Lehmann, Christa Ludwig & Leonie Rysanek, 5 Feb., 1969; George Jellinek interviews Lauritz Melchior (on Melchior's birthday), 20 March, 1969. [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-994. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“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