MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO SCREENING SERIES, THE: THE ARTISTRY OF LEONTYNE PRICE, PACKAGE 7: WORDS AND MUSIC

Summary

Leontyne Price, one of the most acclaimed sopranos of our time, sang her first opera role at Juilliard in 1951, won critical acclaim in 1952 as Bess in a revival of "Porgy and Bess," and gained widespread exposure in 1955 in the title role of the "NBC Opera Theatre" production of "Tosca" -- which marked the first time a black singer had performed opera on television. Throughout her long career, which officially ended with her farewell performance at the Metropolitan Opera as Aida in 1985, Price dazzled audiences with her beautiful voice and regal presence.

"Like It Is: Leontyne Price" Gil Noble interviews the soprano about her life, her art, and her involvement in the civil rights movement. (1979; 55 minutes)

"The Kennedy Center Honors, 1980" Price is one of five honorees receiving the prestigious award (the others that year were Leonard Bernstein, Agnes De Mille, James Cagney, and Lynn Fontanne). (1980; 8 minutes)

"Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala" Price and Pavarotti close the day-long marathon gala (and bring down the house) with the second act duet from VerdiÕs "Un Ballo in Maschera." (1983; 10 minutes)

Details

  • NETWORK:
  • DATE: 2002
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:12:11
  • COLOR/B&W: Color and B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T:68922
  • GENRE: Music
  • SUBJECT HEADING: African-American Collection - Music
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CREDITS

    • For "Like It Is":
    • Miskit Airth … Executive Producer
    • Gil Noble … Producer, Host
    • Susan Robeson … Associate Producer
    • Arnie Nocks … Director
    • Leontyne Price … Guest
    • For "The Kennedy Center Honors, 1980":
    • George Stevens … Producer, Writer
    • Nick Vanoff … Producer
    • Michael B. Seligman … Associate Producer
    • Don Mischer … Director
    • L.T. Iglehart … Writer
    • Leonard Bernstein … Honoree
    • James Cagney … Honoree
    • Leontyne Price … Honoree
    • De Mille, Agnes … Honoree
    • Lynn Fontanne … Honoree
    • For "Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala":
    • Giuseppe Verdi … Composer
    • Luciano Pavarotti … Singer
    • Leontyne Price … Singer