concert, Constitution Hall, opera
During the mid-1940's, when I was a teenager growing up in Roanoke, Virginia, I somehow or other chanced upon opera. During the afternoon radio broadcast period usually devoted to such enthralling boys' adventure serials as "Jack Armstrong," "Captain Midnight," and "The Green Hornet," a local station transmitted a condensed Aida over several days; this captured my imagination and interest. Then I found the Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, and would listen to them whenever I had the chance. I very dearly remember from this period a complete Aida, a Walkuere, and especially Peter Grimes, this last because, I think, of the haunting choral cries, and the tenor's repetitions, of the title character's name in his mad scene- it seemed pretty spooky to me.
"In the Spotlight: Don Pruitt Jussi's Concert At Constitution Hall, Washington, DC, March 3, 1957,"
Journal of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK: Vol. 10
, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jussibjorlingsociety/vol10/iss1/11