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A Trip To The Opera

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On today's broadcast, we voyage back to 1959 to hear the first part — Acts I and II — of Puccini's La Bohème. The opera sizzles to white-hot life in this live recording featuring some of the greatest singers of the 20th century.

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Giacomo Puccini La Bohème

Mimì - Licia Albanese
Rodolfo - Giuseppe di Stefano
Musetta - Audrey Schuh
Marcello - Giuseppe Valdengo
Schaunard - Arthur Cosenza
Colline - Norman Treigle

New Orleans Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Renato Cellini, conducting

Described by The Washington Post as a “dazzling virtuoso,” Daniel Lelchuk was appointed Assistant Principal cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013 by music director Carlos Miguel Prieto; he holds the same position with the New Orleans Opera Association. He has performed at numerous international festivals including those of Aspen, Baden-Baden, Hawaii, Colorado, Lakes Area, Silicon Valley, and Salzburg. He serves as cellist for New Orleans based chamber ensemble Lyrica Baroque. At the invitation of Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi, he presented a series of solo cello recitals at the famed Villa Aurora, Rome. A founding member of the Castleton Chamber Players with violinist Eric Silberger, Daniel Lelchuk served from 2010-2014 as principal cellist of the Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel.