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Merrill, Robert 1917-2004

Works: 738 works in 2,323 publications in 6 languages and 32,239 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Live sound recordings  Excerpts  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Biography  Autobiographies  Personal correspondence  Interviews 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, Commentator, Other, Musician, Interviewee, Speaker, Editor, per, Narrator, Conductor
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robert Merrill
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

168 editions published between 1946 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 2,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verdi's immortal tragedy about the clash of true love with social convention has seldom been as poignant as in this broadcast. The sensational Italian tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, in his second season at the Met, offers his first Alfredo with the company--a tender, romantic, and gorgeously sung performance that perfectly matches Eleanor Steber's sumptuous and touching Violetta. Robert Merrill, heard here at the beginning of his career, would go on to make the role of Germont one of his calling cards
La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

125 editions published between 1952 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 2,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There's a reason La Bohème has been done more often at the Met than any other opera: Puccini's enticing music perfectly conveys the enchantment of young love, and the numbing sorrow of tragic death. The delectable Viennese soprano Hilde Güden is Mimì, the poor seamstress who falls in love with her neighbor Rodolfo (the American tenor Eugene Conley), only to succumb to tuberculosis. The beloved Robert Merrill is the painter Marcello
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi( )

90 editions published between 1956 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verdi's Rigoletto presents one of opera's greatest scores--a masterful blend of stirring melody and searing drama--but also places great demands upon its three principal singers. For this performance, the Met assembled a trio of New York-born stars in the lead roles. Brooklyn native Robert Merrill imbues his interpretation of the title character with a fiery intensity that is matched by his lyrical warmth. Hailing from the Bronx, Roberta Peters sings Gilda, a role the soprano performed a record 88 times with the company, with characteristically shimmering high notes, crystalline accuracy, and an outpouring of emotion. And, as the licentious Duke of Mantua, hometown favorite Richard Tucker charms with his bright and ardent timbre. Maestro Fausto Cleva conducts an energetic performance that also includes young American mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn as the flirtatious Maddalena
Carmen by Georges Bizet( Recording )

92 editions published between 1000 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carmen. Rise Stevens, mezzo soprano Jan Peerce, tenor Licia Albanese, soprano Robert Merrill, baritone TheRobert Shaw Chorale, Robert Shaw, conductor. RCA Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, conductor. Libretto
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

99 editions published between 1954 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This performance features the legendary African-American contralto Marian Anderson in her history-making Met debut role of Ulrica, the fortune-teller. At first her predictions are all good news. But who would believe the best friend of the king would actually murder him? Absurd. That's what the king (Jan Peerce) thinks. But he loves Amelia (Zinka Milanov), the wife of his friend Renato (Robert Merrill). And when Renato discovers them together, he joins the plot against the king. This is Verdian passion at its best
Pagliacci by Leoncavallo( )

54 editions published between 1950 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Complete in two acts, sung in Italian
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

79 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leontyne Price's performance here reminds us why she was the most acclaimed Aida of her time. Grace Bumbry is a fiercely royal Amneris, as passionately in love with Radames (Carlo Bergonzi) as Aida is. But the love triangle is further complicated by two nations at war with each other. And it all comes unraveled when Aida's father (Robert Merrill) forces her to choose between the man she loves and her country. Conductor Thomas Schippers leads this thrilling performance
Il trittico by Giacomo Puccini( )

28 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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God bless America by Mormon Tabernacle Choir( )

9 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A family of bears experiences America in an illustrated version of the classic song
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Recording )

66 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is Maria Callas's only broadcast from the stage of the Met. Hearing "La Divina" in an actual performance is a unique thrill, and Lucia is a huge part of the palpable Callas mystique. Donizetti's bloody tale of the Scottish lass torn from her true love and forced into an arranged marriage, only to go mad and murder her bridegroom on their wedding night, was the perfect vehicle for Callas's wizardry. Her haunting voice simply becomes Lucia's--every facet of emotion so pronounced that we cannot escape her spell
Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

44 editions published between 1955 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Puccini's opera about a pair of doomed lovers
Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

58 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Falstaff Geraint Evans, baritone Giulietta Simionato, mezzo-soprano Ilva Ligabue, soprano Robert Merrill, baritone Mirella Freni, soprano Alfredo Kraus, tenor Rosalind Elias, mezzo-soprano RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus Georg Solti, conductor Libretto included
The barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini( Recording )

20 editions published between 1959 and 2016 in Italian and No Linguistic content and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This abridged holiday presentation for families of opera's most popular comedy, sung in English, features a cast of youthful Met stars: Isabel Leonard is the feisty Rosina, Alek Shrader is her suitor, Count Almaviva, and Rodion Pogossov is Figaro, the resourceful barber of the title. John Del Carlo sings as Rosina's foolish guardian, Dr. Bartolo, and Yves Abel conducts
Once more from the beginning by Robert Merrill( Book )

4 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni( Recording )

43 editions published between 1950 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This recording contains the complete operas sung in Italian. The book contains the complete text of the librettos with annotations in both English and Italian and a critical historical commentary. The text also includes the background of the composers, biographies of the principal singers and conductors
Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi( )

20 editions published between 1965 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of Verdi's most popular operas receives a blazingly dramatic performance by a sensational cast: Montserrat Caballé is Leonora, the young noblewoman caught between two feuding archenemies: her beloved, the troubadour and rebel leader Manrico (Plácido Domingo), and the aristocratic, villainous Count di Luna (Robert Merrill). Fiorenza Cossotto is Azucena, the passionate gypsy whose actions, years before, set the dramatic events in motion
O paradiso : great opera arias by Jussi Björling( )

7 editions published in 1996 in Italian and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il trovatore (highlights) by Giuseppe Verdi( )

16 editions published between 1967 and 2011 in Italian and English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Merrill by Robert Merrill( )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between acts : an irreverent look at opera and other madness by Robert Merrill( Book )

5 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Merrill, Robert, 1919-

Miller, Merrill, 1917-2004

Miller, Moishe 1917-2004

Miller, Moishe 1919-

Miller, Morris, 1917-2004