The Essential Chester Ludgin

A Listmania! list by Brian Morgan "Brian Morgan" (New Orleans)
The list author says: "Chester Ludgin (1925-2003) was one of America's finest singing-actors. The baritone was born in Brooklyn, began his career in New Orleans, and was especially acclaimed at the New York City Opera and the San Francisco Opera."
The Crucible
1.  The Crucible by Robert Ward
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  "Mr Ludgin had possibly his greatest success in the world premiere of Robert Ward's 'The Crucible,' as John Proctor, with Norman Treigle as the Reverend John Hale, in 1961.  The following year, he recorded the opera, with John Macurdy as the Reverend.  Ludgin gives a truly epic portrayal."
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Bernstein: A Quiet Place
2.  Bernstein: A Quiet Place by Leonard Bernstein
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  "Mr Ludgin's last of his twelve world-premieres was of Leonard Bernstein's only full-length opera, as Old Sam, in 1983.  In 1986, the Viennese premiere was recorded (and televised), with the composer conducting.  The baritone gives a towering performance in this 'live' recording."
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Menotti - The Consul / Patricia Neway, Chester Ludgin
3.  Menotti - The Consul / Patricia Neway, Chester Ludgin DVD ~ Ivar Kants
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  "This film was made in 1960, yet went unseen until 2004, when VAI issued the DVD and soundtrack.  With Patricia Neway an electrifying Magda, Ludgin an extraordinary John Sorel, and Werner Torkanowsky an exhilarating conductor, this film is simply not to be missed."
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Hugo Weisgall: The Tenor (opera) - Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Richard Cross, Richard Cassilly, Doris Young / The Stronger (opera) - David Walter, John Graham, Johanna Meier / The Golden Peacock - popular songs from the Yiddish - Morey Ritt, Judith Raskin / Songs on poems by Adelaide Crapsey - Carolyn Heafner, Dixie Ross Neill
4.  Hugo Weisgall: The Tenor (opera) - Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Richard Cross, Richard Cassilly, Doris Young / The Stronger (opera) - David Walter, John Graham, Johanna Meier / The Golden Peacock - popular songs from the Yiddish - Morey Ritt, Judith Raskin / Songs on poems by Adelaide Crapsey - Carolyn Heafner, Dixie Ross Neill by Hugo Weisgall
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  "This underrated opera by Hugo Weisgall, 'The Tenor,' was recorded in 1958, with Richard Cassilly and Ludgin.  It is fascinating!"
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Eileen Farrell in New Orleans
5.  Eileen Farrell in New Orleans by Eileen Farrell
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  "VAI issued this album in 2006, highlighting Eileen Farrell's appearances in New Orleans.  Ludgin is featured in the final scene of 'La Gioconda,' with Anton Guadagno conducting, in 1967.  The baritone's intensity in this confrontation is frightening.  Would that more of his appearances in the Crescent City were to be published!"
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Brian Morgan "Brian Morgan" (New Orleans)
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