I would bet you never attended a Tannhauser for the LANDGRAVE!!! Well, even if Melchior and Flagstad were in the cast, you would still thrill to the rich and absolutely superb voice of basso Gunther Groissbock.

   This man recalled to me the likes of Weber,Kipnis,Moll,Pape,Nissen,Frick, and all the wonderful bassos I have heard live or on recordings.

 I urge you to check out more of his singing on Youtube.  Remember, I saw the creator of Hagen!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

  Now Virginia, I always told you that you never come out of "chest voice," but you insist it is "mask.!"

OK.I will accept that definition (but you still sound like Siepi on the bottom notes!!!!)

 

  GOD BLESS MY DARLING FRIEND ON HER 90TH!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

God bless my darling Virginia Zeani on Oct.21, as she turns 90!!!!

No one is dearer to me and those of you who search Youtube will be treated to one of the greatest singers in opera history!!!!!!

 

Love from "Il tuo fratello"    Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

Good for Leyla Gencer's birthday to hear the kind of thrilling singing I miss. They no longer at the Met allow the "avraaaaaaai" to be held, and Gildas are OK...but no one attacks the E flat like Callas,Peters,Hurley,and Leyla!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am EDT

I adored this great lady!!! Tremendous variety of roles and amazing feeling for the line and the text.

We gave her a party in 1972 and she signed my "Gencer Pirated Recording Card."

 Callas may have been "deeper," but Gencer for me was able to last very long, despite a few "gulps."

  Bless her memory!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

This season the Met premieres this gorgeous work, completing the "Queen Trilogy."   Beverly Sills was the last soprano in NY to perform it, and Sondra Radvanovsky should be superb.

However, not enough people recognize the magnificence of dear Olivia Stapp (image not great), who should be better known, like so many others I present. She is also a dear person and now works with inner-city kids and is loved by all!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT

Leyla Gencer was born on Oct.10, 1928. One of the great ladies of opera, the "Queen of the Pirates." She and Shirley Verrett burn up the stage. The audience loves "PIE!"

This Maria Stuarda Confrontation Scene is amazing!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

How low can you get?? This guy is just amazing!

If you are a serious collector, you can go to a site called:   www//78 heaven where you will find rare material,such as this.

The narrator is a bit on the "countertenor" side.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

When I did a mini-class for Dolora's students, I asked her how she felt singing this glorious music.

 She replied, "I am interested in getting the notes out!!"  

 We take so much for granted..they SUFFER for us!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT


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