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Beverly Sills: Made in America

83 min
ML420 .S55 M33 2006 DVD

"America's Queen of Opera" proclaimed the cover of Time magazine when it honored Beverly Sills! Little Belle Silverman from Brooklyn as a child performer in the tradition of Shirley Temple appearing with Uncle Sol and Major Bowes only to emerge as a star of the world's leading opera houses. Following her triumphant opening night in Julius Caesar at the New York City Opera she catapulted to fame at La Scala, Vienna, Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera and beyond. "Mine was the American dream for the opera singer," said the red-headed dynamo. That legendary journey is traced through interview and talk-show appearances on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Dick Cavett Show and others from the peak of her career, as well as in duets with Danny Kaye, Merv Griffin and Carol Burnett and historic performances of excerpts from her signature roles in Mignon, Julius Caesar, Manon, La Traviata, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Roberto Devereux and more.

Bonus: historic 1955 Opera cameos performance of highlights from La traviata with Beverly Sills as Violetta, Ettore Bastianini as Germont, and Paul Knowles as Alfredo; Beverly Sills singing "Caro nome" on Major Bowes' amateur hour.

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