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San Francisco Opera Special, 1989

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 118 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

A 1989 review of the San Francisco Opera season in the national publication, “Musical America” raised the roof on a storm of controversy: Is the Opera so beholden to superstar soloists that the Pavarottis of the world are no longer tenors but conductors, directors, and personnel managers as well? Is the S.F. Opera at the mercy of the box office to the degree that it has lost its hard-won integrity built up over the years of the leadership of Kurt Herbert Adler? Paul Moor, author of this critique, is the featured guest of Charles Amirkhanian in this program exploring the state of opera in San Francisco. At the time of this recording Mr. Moor had settled in San Francisco after spending the years between 1949 to 1981 living in Europe, including stays in Paris, Munich, and West Berlin. Moor also fields questions, comments, and criticisms from the listening public in this very lively program. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Die Walküre [excerpt] / Richard Wagner
Performers:  Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera Association
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Kirsten Flagstad, soprano
Lotte Lehmann, soprano
Lauritz Melchior, tenor
Friedrich Schorr, baritone
Genres:  Classical Music; Opera
Subject:  Moor, Paul; Pavarotti, Luciano; 19th century classical; Opera; Operas -- Excerpts; Music critics; Music patronage; Government aid to music; Conductors (Music)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Moor, Paul; Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883; Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962; Lehmann, Lotte; Melchior, Lauritz; Schorr, Friedrich, 1888-1953; Reiner, Fritz, 1888-1963
Recording Date:  7/6/1989
First Broadcast Date:  7/6/1989
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Die Walküre [excerpt] / Richard Wagner
Performers:  Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera Association
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Kirsten Flagstad, soprano
Lotte Lehmann, soprano
Lauritz Melchior, tenor
Friedrich Schorr, baritone
Genres:  Classical Music; Opera
Subject:  Moor, Paul; Adler, Kurt Herbert; 19th century classical; Opera; Operas -- Excerpts; Music critics; Music patronage; Government aid to music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Moor, Paul; Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883; Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962; Lehmann, Lotte; Melchior, Lauritz; Schorr, Friedrich, 1888-1953; Reiner, Fritz, 1888-1963
Recording Date:  7/6/1989
First Broadcast Date:  7/6/1989
 
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