More Tributes to ‘Bubbles’

Beverly Sills, 1968.
Photo: Leonard Mccombe/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

The Paley Center for Media screens…

American Musical Theatre: Beverly Sills and Douglas Moore

As a tribute to the beloved soprano, who died on July 2, 2007, The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) will be screening a long-lost 1962 WCBS television program featuring composer Douglas Moore (1893-1969), who talks about his opera The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Ms. Sills, who played Baby Doe Tabor in the legendary 1958 New York City Opera production of this work. Highlights include Sills’s rendition of the “Willow Song” from The Ballad of Baby Doe and “When All is Still and Fair” from another Moore opera, Wings of the Dove. The host of the program is Earl Wrightson. (1962; 45 minutes)

The schedule is: Thursday, July 5, at 6 p.m. and thereafter daily (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, etc) at 3:00 p.m.. through Sunday, July 15.

(When the Museum first screened this program in 2001, Ralph Blumenthal covered the event in a wonderful New York Times article entitled “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby Doe” (March 24, 2001) and earlier he had written about the discovery of the long-lost American Musical Theatre programs in “Legacy of a Stage-Struck Teacher” (October 22, 1998).

From July 17 through July 29 The Paley Center for Media will screen Sills and Burnett at the Met.

The Paley Center will be screening this much-heralded musical special, taped at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House and featuring Sills and comedian Carol Burnett. The program opens with a dialogue between Burnett and Sills, who then sing “Only an Octave Apart.” Highlights include Burnett and Sills in an audition sketch, Sills performing Donizetti’s “O Luce Di Quest’ Anima,” and the two women singing a medley of torch songs paired with arias that also express the blues. Directed by Dave Powers. (1976, 60 minutes)

The Paley Center is located at 25 West 52nd Street and admission is by suggested contribution.

Carol Burnett remembers on All Things Considered

An interview from the Playbill (2006) on the Met’s site

Met Press Release

Washington Post Obit (Ron Blum)

Washington Post – A Voice That Carried Weight (Tim Page)

Boston Globe

Sills – Super Diva, Goofball, Stock Picker: Manuela Hoelterhoff

Vox Tribute   Wednesday Special–WFMT/American Opera Premiere–This week, the Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera broadcast is Gluck’s Iphegenie en Tauride featuring the wonderful Susan Graham and is conducted by Louis Langree. That is followed by another great performance from the archives of the New Orleans Opera—the 1964 Beverly Sills Tales of Hoffmann, and also from VAI the Carlyle Floyd Revolutionary War tale The Sojourner and Mollie Sinclair. 

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