Sat, 28 June 2014
Born in Vienna, he studied at the Music Academy there with Theodor Lierhammer. He joined the Munich State Opera in 1927, and remained with this theatre until his death. He also appeared regularly at the Vienna State Opera and theSalzburg Festival, quickly establishing himself as a leading buffo interpreter, notably in roles such as Leporello, Falstaff,Kecal, Ochs, La Roche (role he created in 1942), etc.
He did not limit himself to comic roles but also sang Sarastro, Pizzaro, Gunther, Amfortas, Daland and tackled a few Italian roles as well notably Wurm, Alfio, Tonio, as well as Mefistophele in Gounod's Faust.
Hann died in Munich aged only 53.
Arias from:Zar und Zimmermann(Lorzing),Barber of Bagdad(Cornelius) w. Lorenz Fehenberger, Nabuco,Falstaff,Gypsy Baron, Bettelstudent (Millocker), and two songs by Loewe
Fri, 27 June 2014
Saffo(Pacini),Norma,Trovatore,Ballo,Otello,Mefistofele,Gioconda, Cavalleria,Tosca and four songs by Grieg,Simonetti, Tosti,Denza and Bach/ Gounod Ave Maria.
Tomorrow I call Magda Olivero (104 years old) and tell her to sing this repertory..Well, maybe only a little..BET SHE COULD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
Fri, 20 June 2014
1. Ivan Koslovsky Lohengrin aria (in Russian)
2. Selma Kurz Seraglio "Ach ich liebte"
3.Lotte Lehmann Walkure Sieglinde aria
4. Jose Luccioni Werther Ara
5. Roberta Peters/Cornell MacNeil Rigoletto act three duet
6. Lois Marshall Seraglio aria (same as Kurz)
7. Dorothy Maynor Zauberflote aria
8. Lauritz Melchior Tannhauser Rome Narrative
9. Aprile Millo Trovatore act four aria
10. Claudia Muzio "Ninna Nanna"
11.Gustave Neidlinger Das Rheingold Curse
12. Anna Netrebko Rusalka aria
13. Olive Middleton Trovatore Miserere (not for purists)
14.Magda Olivero Fedora Finale
15.Rosetta Pampanini Iris aria
16. Alfredo Piccaver Meistersinger act three aria
17. Vassilka Petrova Trovatore (I think!)
18.Bruno Prevedi Butterfly Addio
19.Lina Bruna Rasa/Afro Poli Cav Duet
20. Regina Resnik (as soprano) Voi lo sapete
21.Katya Ricciarelli Zaira aria
(After Petrova is Podles Cenerentola aria/..aorry!)
(After no.17,i think I made an omission.)
Fri, 20 June 2014
For my darling friend Marisa Galvany ( one of her 56 names).NO ONE sings like you....and remember, I had the pleasure of looking down your tonsils on the high notes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bless you!!!!!
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Wed, 18 June 2014
With the usual annoying Met cuts in those days,here is a Lohengrin. Leinsdorf in 1940 with Melchior,Rethberg,Thorborg, List,Huehn
Sun, 15 June 2014
I saw her so many times and she was a superb artist, with a rich tone. Here are arias from Don Carlo,Gioconda,Tristan und Isolde, Das Rheingold, Walkure, Gotterdamerung, Samson and Delilah (with that famous long hair that got caught in Del Monaco's boot.) Also included in the Mahler Cycle,"Lied eined fahrenden Gesellen.)
Sat, 14 June 2014
From Florence, 1978, under George Pretre, here is the great Alfredo Kraus as Werhter, with Lucia Valentini-Terrani, Rolando Panerai, and Anastasia Tomaszewska Schepis (how long does it take her to sign an autograph?)
Please note my disc was flawed so act two finale is not on the podcast.
Fri, 13 June 2014
So it is not is Russian. I saw it in English (with George London, as in this cast) .This 1955 Vienna version under Berislav Klobucar is a GREAT show. Leonie Rysanek, Anton Dermota, and the blackest basso voice, Gottlob Frick, complete this wonderful cast. With this kind of singing, I'll take it in hip-hop!!
Thu, 12 June 2014
From 1946 Geneva, under Nino Sanzogno, I bring you a true rarity; We never think of Mario Del Monaco,one of the greatest dramatic (and I do mean DRAMATIC!) in Ballo in Maschera. Well,here he is , with a cast featuring Giulietta Simionato, Carla Castellani, Piero Basini, Marisa Morel (Oscar). I am glad he could scale down that enormous voice for this music.
Tue, 10 June 2014
We loved that lady!!!!! Here Leyla Gencer (She told us it is pronounced "GENGER" ( Hard first G and second G like "ginger.) Here she sings all Mozart:Seraglio,Don Giovanni,Nozze di Figaro, and Idomeneo. What could she not do??????