Just came back from Mme.Butterfly.Alagna was superb ,and more than that, backstage he was so lovable, funny,enjoyable for all to relish.

Nicest thing he said, "I know you...because I can see in your eyes your love for opera."  But I said, "Who,me???"

Category:general -- posted at: 3:17am EST

Sam, you are so magnificent...and they give you a BIS!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm EST

  Happy birthday to dear Sam Ramey, Mar.28, 1942. We go back to our 1970 Bolena, and later on Barbiere, Hoffman,etc.  Great guy..fabulous career.

           We knew you would make it!!!!

                            Love Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 9:38pm EST

For me, the greatest MIRACLE in opera history!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:07pm EST

Met debut  4/3/75  at 65.  We cried all night!!!!!

 

Note the last "Rimuuuuuneri" cosi...That word alone gave me chills.  Ovation cut...we were devastated.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:03pm EST

  Mar.25, 1910.  The MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!!

 

In her 80's. I called her always on her birthday..and today "called her" in my heart......

 

 

Category:general -- posted at: 6:59pm EST

Our lovable talented Facebook buddy!! Jack will go far!!! Wonderful guy!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:01am EST

  Dear faithful opera buddies,
  

It is always frustrating for me not to be able to allow comments, since the site becomes inundated with annoying commercials. If you have comments, suggestions, or if you are an artist who has some Youtube clips I can post for you, let me know  at Placido21@aol.com.
 

Also, I assume you sometimes search the archives and listen to some of the old material, but if for some reason you cannot find an old favorite, I will gladly repost it.
           My best    Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am EST

Giovanni Roberti (Maybe)

Confessate!!!!  I know some of you sing in the shower!

Here is a guy who thinks he is the succesor to Nicolai Gedda. Let us give him credit! (or should we?)

Direct download: roberti.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:08pm EST

Rigoletto 1967

See, I TOLD you I would do audio podcasts again! I just had so many glitches.

Here is a 1967 Rigoletto under Fernando Previtali, with the glorious cast of Cornell MacNeil,Richard Tucker, and Renata Scotto.

(I do not have complete cast information.)

 

 

 

Direct download: Rigol.Tuck.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:43pm EST

More of Jack Swanson. Look out, Camarena!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm EST

Another of our Facebook buddies, now beginning an amazing career.  What agility and range!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm EST

Andre Courville is featured in the new Opera News magazine. This is a superb young bass-baritone who will go far!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

Here is the young and talented Jack Swanson, obviously headed for a fine career.

  We encounter really superb young artists on Facebook, and I like to introduce you to them.

Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm EST

  I adore Heldenbaritones and Mr.Gazheli is a superb artist in the tradition of Schoeffler, Uhde, and others. Wonderful!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:03pm EST

I found a new guy!!!!!!  Wonderful voice. He  is the baritone on t he DVD Alzira, which I better play. Go to Youtube and find his superb clips.

  Boy, could we use him at the Met!!!  Here are some reviews:

Mark Stryker (Detroit Free Press from 21.10.2013)
German bass-baritone Thomas Gazheli’s Dutchman was a marvel. He brought a
deeply resonant voice to the stage and a heightened sense of feeling — but
also proportion so that his torment rang of true human suffering and
desperate yet dignified yearning.

Huffington Post - 24.10.2013
Bass Baritone Thomas Gazheli's Dutchman was spot-on, and his rich vocal
textures lived up to the title role. His acting delivered on a tormented
soul seeking redemption. His tender, expressive voice played well off and
at times carried Soprano Lori Phillips's Senta, who seemed not always
comfortable in her upper range.

George Bulanda (Detroit News)
Just as you can’t have a convincing performance of Hamlet without a strong
title character, you can’t mount a persuasive production of The Flying
Dutchman without a Dutchman who can deliver the part with panache. There
were no reservations about German bass-baritone Thomas Gazheli, who made
his MOT debut. He’s got a big, brawny voice, but he knows how to use it to
dramatic effect. His first-act Monologue was infused with agony and sad
resignation, but when power was required, he rolled out the cannons.

 

 

Category:general -- posted at: 8:56pm EST

  Wolf-Ferrari: Preghiera, Come tu mi fai rabbia

  Respighi:Ballata

   Puccini: e l'uccellino

    Cimara:  Stornello

     Denza:    Se

     Buzzi-Peccia:  Colombetta

      Donizetti:   Me voglio fa 'na casa

       Musetta's Waltz

       Buzzi-Peccia:  El Morenito

         Danny Boy

          Lehar: Yours is my heart alone (In Italian)

           Tosti:  'A vucchella

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: teb.farewell2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

Style, grace, beauty of tone, incredible top voice. I think this is TRUE JOY!

 

Javier Camarena thrilled me last night in Don Pasquale.....

Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am EST

Javier Camarena last night in Don Pasquale...never heard him live..Something THRILLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

D flat in aria like "Di quella pira!!!!!"

Category:general -- posted at: 8:27am EST

Anyone see this before???The genius who did this makes us hysterical!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm EST

CHARM!!!!  Claudia Novikova, born March 9, 1895, taught London and Gedda.  This drunk Perichole aria is priceless!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm EST

Any member of Facebook knows what a sweetheart Larry Brownlee is. He is such a great fun guy.I loved Eglise in an aria once, but not at the Met, sadly.

  This is great stuff!

 

I will do more audios..I keep promising...I will!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

IN KEY!!!!  I know...I am jaded...but anything like this today????????????? Let me know!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EST

Love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:33pm EST

A clip from a GREAT singer...Not many like Kristine Opolais these days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

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