Synopsis by Alice Day
Conductor Donald Vorhees introduces four prima donnas of the opera world in Bell Telephone Hour: First Ladies of the Opera: Joan Sutherland, Leontyne Price, Renata Tebaldi, and Birgit Nilsson. This show originally appeared on network television, there being no public TV at the time. Filmed performances from this era marked the beginning of programs telecast in color. Each diva sings an aria, talks briefly with Vorhees regarding careers and favorite pieces, then offers another song from her repertoire. Nilsson performs a selection from Turandot and Tebaldi sings Suicidio from La Giocondo.