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Uploaded on Dec 11, 2010
Here is a rare radio broadcast from November 9, 1952. Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York in this English performance (part I) of Darius Milhaud's opera.
The cast includes:
Christopher Columbus: Mack Harrell Narrator: John Brownlee Queen Isabella: Dorothy Dow along with Norman Scott, Adolph Anderson, and David Lloyd.
The opera had its premiere in Berlin, 1930 under the baton of Erich Kleiber. It is a huge opera requiring many resources. It is written in two parts and is about 4 hours in length. Milhaud revisited the work in later years and presented a second version around 1955.