Picks and Pans Review: Gala of the Stars 1986
PBS (Sun., March 16, 8 p.m. ET)
I confess: I occasionally did use the scan-forward button on my VCR to get through this one. I shouldn't do that. Shame on me. But opera gives me headaches. If you don't suffer from such an allergy, then you have a superb collection of talent here: Beverly Sills plays hostess as James Levine, the Vienna Philharmonic and more than a dozen soloists perform arias and such for two and a half hours. The orchestral portions are magnificent, even to my ear, and I'll admit that I liked some of the operatic pieces so much that I didn't reach for the scan button.
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