THIS PRICE IS RIGHT. Celebrated soprano knows her musical mind!
By BILL ZAKARIASEN .
Leontyne Price was in the Avery Fisher Hall Green Room the other day, where she had just finished taping an interview with Schuyler Chapin which will serve as the intermission in PBS’s “Live From Lincoln Center” simulcast tomorrow night, in which the celebrated American soprano will be featured soloist with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic.
Price, whose recent London (Decca) recording of Verdi arias with Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic is a best seller, was in an expansive mood, noting, “My friendship with Zubin goes way, way back, over 20 years ago, to Vienna, when I was singing in the Verdi Requiem under Herbert von Karajan. Two handsome young students in the bass section of the chorus introduced themselves to me-they were Zubin Mehta and his friend, Claudio Abbado, and little did I suspect that in a few years they would be two of the world’s greatest conductors.”
As soon as Mehta got an orchestra of his own (the Montreal Symphony), Price was one of the first soloists he contracted, and she went on to appear with him in Los Angeles, Israel and New York, plus in a highly acclaimed “Tosca” recording for RCA. “The timing has been most wonderful,” she noted with satisfaction. “This really is a friendship for all time.”
Daily News. 14-09-1982.