Yesterday, we had two opera stars singing Broadway, with Marilyn Horne and Fredericka Von Stade, and they nailed "Bosom Buddies" from Mame like a gem.
From what appears to be the same broadcast, here's another time they got it right.
The musical Candide, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics primarily by Richard Wilbur, lends itself to opera singers, and a wonderful multi-disk CD was released in 1988. Beyond the richness of the full score, the final song, "Make Our Garden Grow," is a soaring paean that's gorgeous when any of the performers have a solid voice, but when those performers are not only opera singers, but legends, it becomes ethereal.
Here are (take a seat if you're an opera lover...) -- Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Futral, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Jerry Hadley (the 'Candide' of that aforementioned CD), Samuel Ramey, and Dwayne Croft -- and a full opera chorus singing the finale from Candide.
This comes from A Celebration of the American Musical performed at Avery Fisher Hall in April, 1997.
And this is how you do "Make Our Garden Grow." It's also one of those times when you just know that a 3-inch desktop speaker doesn't do this justice, and being there in the auditorium must have been other-worldly.