I now add Evan Bowers to my list of fine tenors. This is a tenor world these days. We have Beczala,Giordani,Giordano,Fabiano,Calleja,Camarena,Flores, Breslik, Kaufman, Polenzani,Hymel,etc.

 

I bring some of those I know cd's, because my collection is gathering dust.

 

Evan is superb!!!!!

 

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Still discovering new talent. Evan Bowers, superb tenor, plus the 76 year old Bruson, a legend. Svetla Vassileva also wonderful. Also never heard this opera!!!

 

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1. Marton vs. Cigna in Turandot ("Straniero, ascolta!")
2. Calleja vs. Filippeschi vs. Pertile in Aida ("Celeste Aida")
3. Stemme & Dessì vs Gencer vs. Pedrini in Aida ("O patria mia")
4. Licitra vs. Salvarezza in Turandot ("Nessun dorma")
5. Alagna vs. Zanelli in Otello (Tu, indietro!... Ora e per sempre")
6. Guleghina vs. Nilsson in Turandot ("In questa reggia")
7. Vogt vs. Völker in Lohengrin ("In fernem Land")
8. Kaufmann vs. Di Stefano vs. Björling in Faust ("Salut demeure")
9. Kaufmann vs. Filippeschi vs. Salvarezza in Il Trovatore ("Di quella pira")
10. Hampson vs. Granforte in Il Barbiere di Siviglia ("Largo al factotum")***
11. Florez vs. Filippeschi vs. O'Sullivan in Guillaume Tell ("Asil héréditaire"/"O muto asil del pianto")
12. Gavanelli vs. Stracciari in Andrea Chenier ("Nemico della patria")
13. Hunter Morris vs. Svanholm vs. Melchior in Siegfried ("Nothung, Nothung, neidliches Schwert")
14. Pape vs. Reinmar in Die Walküre ("Leb wohl, du kühnes")

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Wonderful stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Beverly and Carol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hilarious!!

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Happy Birthday to a great lady. Note the final double attack on the D..It was something awesome.

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  MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Age 90

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Zinka and baby me.

Vat???I never keeecked my train in Tosca!!!!

Who said that?????   (EVERYONE)

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May 17, 1906. I only saw her 88 times.I did have to graduate college. NO ONE has ever affected me like Zinka. God bless her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 17, 1918

You had to be there!!!!! God bless the incredible Birgit Nilsson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Just the most amazing thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Michael Volle

Superb Mandryka and Coming up Dutchman at the Met.

 

Michael Volle has established himself as one of the leading baritones, receiving the important German Theatre Award “Faust” and awarded “Singer of the Year” by the opera magazine “Opernwelt”. He studied with Josef Metternich and Rudolf Piernay.

His first permanent engagements were at Mannheim, Bonn, Düsseldorf and Cologne. From 1999 until 2007 Michael Volle was a member of the ensemble of the Zurich Opera House where he sang various roles in new productions, including Beckmesser Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Eugene Onegin, Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande, Marcello La Bohème, Count Le Nozze di Figaro, Barak Die Frau ohne Schatten (2009) and Wolfram Tannhäuser (2011).

Since the 2007/2008 season Michael Volle has been a member of the Munich State Opera singing the title roles in the new productions of Eugene Onegin and Wozzeck and further roles like Count Le Nozze di Figaro, Kurwenal, Amfortas, Wolfram and Amonasro.

Messiah, An Sylvia,Tannhauser,Parsifal,Meistersinger,Don Carlo, Falstaff, Merry Widow

Mess

Direct download: volle.mp3
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Roberta Peters  Birthday 5/4/30

Combining an attractive voice with sparkling coloratura agility and good looks, Peters became a favorite of American audiences and a great proponent of opera for the masses. She quickly established herself in the standard soubrette and coloratura repertoire. Her roles at the Met included Susanna in Nozze di Figaro; Despina in Così fan tutte; The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute; Amore in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice; Marzeline in Beethoven's Fidelio; Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia; Adina in L'elisir d'amore; Norina in Don Pasquale; Oscar in Un ballo in maschera; Nanetta in Falstaff; Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann; Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier; Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos; and Adele in Die Fledermaus. She later added lyric-coloratura roles such as Amina in La sonnambula, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Gilda in Rigoletto, the last being her farewell role at the Met in 1985.

Fra Davolo,Sonnambula,Etoile Du Nord(Meyerbeer), Hamlet, Perle du Bresil(David)

Direct download: roberta.mp3
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Luisa Tetrazzini

Luisa Tetrazzini. One of the greats! Today they would "laugh" at the deliberate register breaks. That was the style. I love it!!!

THAT TRILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Linda di Chamounix, Sonnambula, Crispino e la Comare (Ricci), Vespri Siciliani,

 

I have archived all podcasts, but in the case of individual singers, it is often hard to check exactly what selections I presented. However, there is so much, I am sure you will like it all,even if you heard it previously.

Direct download: luisa.mp3
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Lovable!!!

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mom

   Bless all you wonderful mothers out there. My ma really never left me. She will be with me forever!!!!!!

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Happy birthday to my wonderful Michael Fabiano (May 8).I have seen them all, and Michael in my view is a great star!

  Corelli texted me that he enjoyed this when I sent it to him...and he was not jealous!!!!!

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We have come to love Michael Fabiano as one of the great singers the present day. I also invited him to come and raid my collection,because I have too much!!!

He is a special guy to us!!!!!

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The range of roles which she undertook was unusually varied in their vocal requirements: Manon, Charlotte (in Werther), Juliette (in Roméo et Juliette), Marguerite (in Faust), Mignon, Zerlina (in Don Giovanni) and Mélisande. She also sang the trio of heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann.

Vallin had a great affection for French operetta, and performed works by Lecocq, Massé, and Chabrier; she even ventured into music hall during the 1930s, singing at the Alhambra in Paris. Such was her popularity in her native country that she also appeared in a 1937 film, La fille de la Madelon.

Vallin worked with most of the leading French singers of her era, including the renowned tenor Georges Thill, whom she disliked. Her voice was that of a good-sized lyric soprano, well balanced but strongest in its middle and lower registers; but, at her peak, she was also capable of singing high coloratura, as recordings of arias by Bellini and Donizetti illustrate. Her tone was cool and clear, with exemplary enunciation. Louise, Charlotte and Manon became her signature roles. Her performances were described by the critic André Tubeuf as the "epitome of good singing but also of good taste". Sound technique supported both her versatility and the durability of her career; as late as 1946, when she was 60, she sang the Countess (in Le nozze di Figaro) and she continued singing and recording into the 1950s. Between 1953-59, she was a guest professor at the Conservatory in Montevideo.

Roi d"Ys,Pearl Fishers,Louise,Enfant Prodigue,Fortunio(Messager),Chanson Georgienne (Balakirev)

  More stuff to come.Have had glitches...Non mi abbandonare!!!!

Direct download: vallinmp3.mp3
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