Friday, March 03, 2006
RICHARD TUCKER AND RENATA TEBALDI in 1970
I've been listening to a La boheme, broadcast from the Met in April, 1970.
This was towards the end of Tebaldi's career-she was done by 1973.
Tucker was always in prime voice. When he bothered to sing and not bellow he was wonderful. I remember hearing this broadcast as a kid. I taped it on a battery operated reel to reel tape recorder off of a transistor radio. The old tapes are probably still in my uncle's basement in Arlington, Mass.
And you know what kills me? Two days after this broadcast Tebaldi sang Mimi in Boston with my favorite tenor: Carlo Bergonzi. I could have gone. Good seats were $5!
Tebaldi and Tucker may never have looked like starving Bohemians but together in 1970 they ARE music.
Richard tucker 1913-1974
Renata Tebaldi 1922-2004
It's nice to think of them both in heaven, sap that I am.