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Jeanette MacDonald in Performance: Princess of Opera & Operetta [DVD]

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Actress and soprano Jeanette MacDonald captivated world-wide audiences and won millions of loyal devotees through her appearances on stage, screen opera, concert, radio, recordings, and television. Among her many record-breaking films are such American classics as The Merry Widow and Love Me Tonight (with Maurice Chevalier); Naughty Marietta, Rose Marie, Maytime, Sweethearts, The Girl of the Golden West (all with Nelson Eddy); San Francisco (with Clark Gable); Smilin' Through (with Gene Raymond); and many, many more.

The Voice of Firestone telecast of November 13, 1950 marked the occasion of Miss MacDonald's television debut, and her only appearance on the Firestone series. Telecast "live", the program contains all the excitement and immediacy of a live performance, adding a new dimension to our appreciation of the artistry of Jeanette MacDonald.

Opera News
It's always interesting to hear a singer primarily known from film in a "live" situation, where you can more accurately assess the voice for size and color. She certainly carries over chorus and orchestra. By 1950, when the soprano was forty-seven years old, her voice was still in excellent shape, with its characteristic quick vibrato. The prolonged and enthusiastic accolade from the studio audience indicates that the public's adoration after decades of movie musical was intact.


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