Robert Merrill, left, "was the first operatic baritone that I ever heard," said Connecticut Opera artistic director Willie A. Waters . "He had a voice of such power and richness." Here he's shown with Victor Borge, who arranged "Carmen," which Merrill performed in Hartford in 1983.Borge, was known as the unmelancholy Dane of international show business. He made a career of falling off piano stools, missing the keys with his hands and getting tangled up in the sheet music. Until he was forced to flee Denamrk in 1940 he was a stage and screen idol in his native country.
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