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A young whipper-snapper asked me if I thought we would see today's opera singers on TV variety show like this. I have to say it's probably not possible. The Tonight Show was 90 minutes long when I was a kid, and segments were very leisurely. Some of the singers got to sing two pieces, with an interview in between. While I don't even know if there are television variety shows still living nowadays, I don't see that kind of time given to a single guest, let alone one who might risk advertising dollars as an "elite" guest. I miss the old tonight show.
Here is a clip with Marilyn Horne a little high on cold medicine, and it's hysterical:
Here's Bubbles in 1973. I wish they'd included the interview. I know that she was guest host at least once--I'll see if I can find a clip of that as well.
Martina Arroyo in 1977:
Baritone Richard Fredricks:
Carol Neblett--not sure of the date: