A musical farewell to Baltimore Opera

This won't make anyone feel better about the depressing word of Baltimore Opera's demise, but the final duet from Verdi's Aida seems like just the thing to hear right now -- to remind us of the company's past (Aida was the first work staged by the company in 1950) and to remind us that the beauty and majesty of opera will endure.The artists in this recording are Birgit Nilsson and Franco Corelli. I figured this was an occasion that called for a lot of vocal star power.)

And thanks to Brendan Cooke, a valiant and valued member of the Baltimore Opera, for suggesting that I post some music in response to the news.

Aida (highlights): Qual gemito!...Morir, sì pura e bella!...O terra, addio - Birgit Nilsson/Franco Corelli/Grace Bumbry/Mario Sereni/Coro del Teatro dellOpera, Roma/Orchestra del Teatro dellOpera, Roma/Zubin Mehta

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