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Sunday, July 20  We will be celebrating the birthday of Giuseppe di Stefano as Mario Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca". This September 1962 recording of a performance in Vienna also features Leontyne Price and Giuseppe Taddei. The conductor is Herbert von Karajan.

Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe di Stefano (as Mario Cavaradossi)

Leontyne Price (as Tosca), Giuseppe Taddei, and Herbert von Karajan

Sunday, July 27  Celebrating the birthday of Mario del Monaco in Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello". This 1961 recording also features Renata Tebaldi and Aldo Protti in a performance conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

Giuseppe Verdi and Mario del Monaco (as Otello)

Renata Tebaldi (as Desdemona) and Herbert von Karajan

Sunday, August 3  Remembering Lina Pagliughi as Amina in "La Sonnambula", by Vincenzo Bellini. This 1952 recording also features Ferruccio Tagliavini and Cesare Siepi. The performance is conducted by Franco Capuana.

Vincenzo Bellini, Lina Pagliughi, Ferruccio Tagliavini and Cesare Siepi

Sunday, August 10  Celebrating the birthday of Joseph Schuster (1748-1812) with his opera seria "Demofoonte". This 2001 world premier recording features Andreas Post and Dorothee Mields. The conductor is Ludger Rémy.

Joseph Schuster

Sunday, August 17  Celebrating the birthday of Ferruccio Tagliavini in "L'Amico Fritz" by Pietro Mascagni. This 1941 also recording features Pia Tassinari. The conductor is the composer.

Pietro Mascagni, and Ferruccio Tagliavini with his wife Pia Tassinari

Sunday, August 24  Celebrating the birthday of Leonard Bernstein with this 1989 recording of his operetta "Candide". Featured are Jerry Hadley, June Anderson, Christa Ludwig, and Nicolai Gedda, in a performance conducted by the composer.

Leonard Bernstein, June Anderson, and Jerry Hadley

Christa Ludwig and Nicolai Gedda

Sunday, August 31  Celebrating the birthday of Amilcare Ponchielli with his first opera "I Promessi Sposi". This 2003 recording features Natalia Margarit, Marcello Bedoni, and Maurizio Zanchetti. The conductor Silvano Frontalini.

Amilcare Ponchielli, and Renzo and Lucia

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