Synopsis by Mark Deming
Robert Merrill has long been one of America's best loved classical vocalists, a gifted but unpretentious artist who used his gifts to perform a wide variety of music, from opera to popular favorites to singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at ball games. Bell Telephone Hour Telecasts, 1962-1965: Robert Merrill features excepts from four episodes from the variety series The Bell Telephone Hour in which Merrill performed classic scenes from some of the great operas, including Bizet's "Carmen", Verdi's "La Forza Del Destino", Rossini's "Il Barbiere Di Siviglia", and Verdi's "Otello". Merrill's accompanists include Richard Tucker, James McCracken, Roberta Peters, and Regina Resnick.
opera-singer, orchestra, performer