The Voice of Firestone

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Notes (79)

  • No replacement guest is known.

  • Christopher Lynch was too ill to make his scheduled television debut on the simulcast of NBC's Voice of Firestone on September 12th, 1949. It was rescheduled to October 24th, 1949.

  • Soprano Eleanor Steber sings selections by Jerome Kern and Giuseppe Verdi.

  • This was Tenor Jussi Bjoerling and his wife Soprano Annalisa's first joint appearance on radio and television.

  • The Firestone family received the second annual Lowell Mason Award for outstanding contribution to music on the air during the Voice of Firestone simulcast.

  • Rise Stevens was a last minute substitute for Eleanor Steber who fell ill.

  • This program was a salute to Detroit on it's 250th Anniversary.

  • Roberta Peters, who less two years ago (prior to this appearance) became an than overnight star of opera.

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Trivia (10)

  • Elizabeth Firestone wrote the music for Robert Montgomery's film Once More, My Darling.

  • In November 1950, the 20-year old soprano caused a sensation when she took over Nadine Conner's role in "Don Giovanni's" at the Metropolitan Opera House She had never before been on the "Met's", stage Roberta Peters and she had never rehearsed the role with full orchestra.

  • The first conductor of The Voice of Firestone was Hugo Mariani and now, six conductors later, Howard Barlow is directing the orchestra. Edwin Dunham has been radio producer of the show 17 years and Charles Polacheck is the TV producer. Hugh James is announcer.

  • At Shoppingtown in DeWitt (New York) a mass color TV demonstration was set up especially for this show and for the public. Several sets were arranged for the shoppers so that the colorcast may be seen by as many people possible.

  • Firestone got mad and pulled out of NBC when the network took away its regular time-slot and tried to move it to another hour.

  • Barbara Gibson who was originally to guest, was to sing "Stars in My Eyes", "Quel Guardo Il Cavaliers", "Swiss Echo Song" and "Ciribiribin". Her program was to include works of Kreisler, Eckart and Pestalozza.

  • Rosalind Elias, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the youngest of 13 children, Miss Elias followed high school with serious music study at the New England Conservatory, scholarships at Tanglewood, a year of study and performance in Italy, a contract with the Metropolitan and her debut in "Die Walkure." Last season she became the focus for critical bravos for her singing and acting of the pivotal role of Erika in the new American Opera, "Vanessa".

  • Mezzo-soprano Mildred Miller has made her most memorable appearances at the Metropolitan playing boys' roles. In fact, one year all but one of her roles were that of a boy. That year, she said the other day, she returned home after appearing in a boys' role and destroyed all of her slacks in angry frustration. "It's so much more feminine to play the part of a woman". said Miss Miller. Her most complicated role has been that of Octavian in "Der Rosenkavalier". In most of the opera, she plays the part of a boy, but in one act she plays a boy dressed up as a girl trying to look like a boy.

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