A Day At The Opera 2
After speeches by Metropolitan Opera general manager Joseph Volpe,
Metropolitan Opera Association managing director Rise Stevens, and tenor
Luciano Pavarotti, US Postal Service Vice President for Engineering William
Dowling dedicated the stamps. He noted that the last time he had filled
this role had been for the Arturo Toscanini stamp at New York's Carnegie
Hall "so I've established a very high standard for myself."
The stamps were unveiled. Looking on, from left to right, Barry Tucker,
son of Richard Tucker; singers Luciano Pavarotti and Robert Merrill;
Dowling; Volpe; singer Roberta Peters; Teri Tibbett, granddaughter of
Lawrence Tibbett; and Elayne Duke, president of the Rosa Ponselle
Foundation and a friend of that singer.
(Click any picture for a hi-resolution view)
The family members and then Luciano Pavarotti were presented with plaques
of the new stamps by US Postal Service Vice President for Engineering
William Dowling. Looking on in this photo is Metropolitan Opera general
manager Joseph Volpe.
What would a first day ceremony for opera stamps be without singing?
Unusual, but that was almost the case on September 10th at the Metropolitan
Opera. It wasn't until the end of the ceremony that music was heard: A
selection from "Don Giovanni" performed by Jennifer Welch and Alfred Walker of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program. They were
accompanied by pianist John Churchwell.
The Metropolitan Opera building was flanked by two mobile post office
trucks selling the new stamps.
After the ceremony, many of dignitaries sat at a table to sign autographs.
Luciano Pavarotti was not among them, however, but Robert Merrill (not
shown) and Rise Stevens (in the foreground) were.
Photos © 1997 Lloyd A. de Vries;
Scans by Sarah Collier.
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