Otto Schenk re-enacts REAL THINGS

Have you ever seen a live flub?????

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She is pushing into heavy stuff.

Elsa is a good choice...for the future

and that may come..but stay away from

too much pushing...….CH

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  She can do big stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  One of the very few singers who recall the olden days! Pushing 

into heavier stuff...but still UNIQUE!!!!!

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Great MAN!!!  9/13/29...Often sang

with Freni..What a couple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Tatiana Troyanos left us too soon.

9/12/38 birth. One of the greats!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

My "sister" Virginia,at 92, is in

a Florida facility. We speak often

and she is not doing badly. I

love her as I did Tebaldi!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

  So sorry at the passing of Tito.

He was an icon in the music world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

When we first did Bolena in 1970,

Marisa Galvany held the D so long,I ran

out of breath on my middle D. A new

guy named Ramey was the King. Galvany

and I go back over 50 yrs. and I know

all her fake names!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

Bad panic attack tonight and selfishly

wish to distract myself and give you

Sue Hassell....I sang with her....Orrrrrrrore.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:09am EDT

9/10/27      I love calm singers.


She hits T over J#

Category:general -- posted at: 3:31am EDT

  He has better chest notes than his dear

wife Linda!!!!   He is a great guy!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:03am EDT

I Love my friend???? And you?????

Category:general -- posted at: 1:56am EDT

To my wonderful friend and superb

artist. Irina is  so dear. I am glad

they are now back to traditional

productions. (????)

Category:general -- posted at: 1:53am EDT

Sylvia Sawyer teaches Italian diction!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:43am EDT

Someone named Petrova has a birthday

today,,,Reminds me of VASSILKA

Petrova, who had us pppp'ing for years.

She paid for her operas.....I would not trade this in for Malibran's debut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:47pm EDT

Brought the house down at his 1972

farewell..especially "But ask Corelli twwwwwice."

They feuded like mad, but he respected her.

Category:general -- posted at: 8:31pm EDT

  I will never forget my friend of 50 yrs.

  Regina meant so much to me!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:28pm EDT

  1:42:48...who said he did not

sing high C onstage????????

Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

You  sang with the best!!!! Love to

dear Paul on his birthday!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

My old buddy!..Paul...we met in 1961

You were Guardiano.I was Melitone

and Marchese..GEE,one of us made it!!!!

Illustrious career of one of the most

beloved people I know. Happy Birthday!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Sorry..I tried something new, and the

Tucker post came out twice and some

text cut off...but you get some idea!!!!

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My Favorite Tenor Tucker once told his dear friend Ed Rosen, "I do not like to bunt..I hit home runs." Believe me he "bunted" a lot...The legato was there..despite some what if he held "bellezzze" in Tosca a bit longer, and there was evidence of the cantorail training and some deal.....Ever hear of GIGLI?? You take the man as a whole...a fabulous lirico-dramatico voice..rang through the Met like a golden tone of incredible size and beauty at the same time. I used to go ballistic when he dropped the sword in Forza, came up front, and let out that glorious B at the end of the "Sleale" duet. I also adored the act 2 Chenier "Credi al destino," showing the legato that some deaf people did not hear. I saw him maybe 65 times..NEVER gave a bad performance in my view...gave 1000%...perhaps too much after the first heart attack,where George Jellinek asked him to take it a bit easier.NO WAY! The 1964 Cav w.Farrell echoes in my mind so vividly...especially, "Per me,pregate Iddio." Sorry he did not get to do the Juive at the Met.His last perf.from Spain show he could have gone on at least 15 years more. Thank you,dear Richard Tucker........there was NO ONE like you!!!!!!!! I was at the unveiling of the monument at Lincoln Center. I believe pigeons are scared to death to go near the statute..They have as much respect as do millions of others.... Love Charlie


Tucker once told his dear friend Ed Rosen, "I do not like to bunt..I hit home runs." Believe me he "bunted" a lot...The legato was there..despite some what if he held "bellezzze" in Tosca a bit longer, and there was evidence of the cantorail training and some deal.....Ever hear of GIGLI??
You take the man as a whole...a fabulous lirico-dramatico voice..rang through the Met like a golden tone of incredible size and beauty at the same time.
I used to go ballistic when he dropped the sword in Forza, came up front, and let out that glorious B at the end of the "Sleale" duet. I also adored the act 2 Chenier "Credi al destino," showing the legato that some deaf people did not hear.
I saw him maybe 65 times..NEVER gave a bad performance in my view...gave 1000%...perhaps too much after the first heart attack,where George Jellinek asked him to take it a bit easier.NO WAY! The 1964 Cav w.Farrell echoes in my mind so vividly...especially, "Per me,pregate Iddio."
Sorry he did not get to do the Juive at the Met.His last perf.from Spain show he could have gone on at least 15 years more.
Thank you,dear Richard Tucker........there was NO ONE like you!!!!!!!! I was at the unveiling of the monument at Lincoln Center. I believe pigeons are scared to death to go near the statute..They have as much respect as do millions of others....
Love Charlie

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Great artist left us 8/26. One of the

wonderful artists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:14pm EDT

Jose Van Dam  8/25/40

One of the supreme singers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

  I recall Dever and Zajick backstage

 after a Trovatore comparing flu symptoms.

  How do they do it???? Mme.Dever has

  a gorgeous voice and is an endeared

member of Facebook, along with so

many Met singers.(I have to be nice,because

they sneak around).

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GORGEOUS rich mezzo...Barbara Dever.

I want more of you to know about singers

who are not as well-known as they should be..she is wonderful...

Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

More from my buddy,Ta'u!!!!!

Glad he has a turntable so he can

RAID my unplayed LP's...………………….

Category:general -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

Happy Birthday to a guy I "discovered"

Ta'u Pupu'a...Former football star

who NEVER sang a role until our

Rigoletto,and I flipped!

Ta'u thought a passaggio was an

Italian kidding!!!!!!!

Great guy!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

I TOLD Sam to teach Sam.Jr. Mefistofele

but the kid likes Jay-Z!!! Vergogna!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT

  Hope my favorite singer feels better

  after some laryngitis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

But I am tired of a tenor singing

is a "gimmick."...even though we are both Jan.21

babies...……Sorry, Placido.


Category:general -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

Lots of "stuff" but love it......

Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

My beloved friend....40 yrs...………………..

Category:general -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Wants to do heavy stuff..Oh well.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm EDT

Get the stopwatch!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm EDT

  But who knows her???????????????????

Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT


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Janet Baker...GREAT lady...8/21/1933!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Gianna Rolandi  8/16/51...….NOTHING funnier

in all my opera life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Imagine..Magda once was told, "Don't quit your day job!!!"





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Happy Birthday to a sweet guy, and glad

he is feeling batter after an illness.

He is a great talent and what a gorgeous 

family.....flown in suddenly to replace

Giordani a few years ago..HUGE success.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

Leon Nucci continues his fabulous career!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

After mom died, I started to sing again..I cannot read music but I did listen a lot to Corena.

Hope you do not mind my ego!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:22am EDT

Give the kid a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:19am EDT

When Ashley Putnam made City Opera

debut, some lady in the audience did

this. I told Henry Price said, "I was there."

He said, "ME TOO!!!"


Category:general -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

Great man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:12am EDT

  GORGEOUS VOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And Weikl born a few days earlier in 1942

Category:general -- posted at: 12:08am EDT

When I would sing (lower key) "Dein ist mein ganzes herz" ma liked Gedda more...Why?

Today she would like Piotr more!

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:41pm EDT


They bought out Piotr's contracts

elsewhere so he could do this. He is an electrician.

I always said he was a live wire!!!!  BUT No RATS?????

Category:general -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

  One of the most gorgeous voices EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

   Still a great sound..and did the opera live. I'll take it 

any day.

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I saw one of his few Manricos. This is

dubbed but still you get the idea.


  I am staying with videos.The audio stuff is

a problem.  OK????   Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

 Mario did guest Lescaut a year before "official" Met debut.

You hear what he was...not s Gerard Souzay!!!!

  We went nuts over this great man!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

Hey, Mario.I was there in 1958 when you

RAN out of the tent on "Trahison." You KNEW 

it was a broadcast so you sang to the mikes!

The two of them looked better than Victor Mature

and Hedy Lamar.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm EDT

   First singer I ever saw (1951)…..first of 40 times.

I recall "white teeth" coming toward me in Aida,

my first opera ever.  He was a GOD!!!!!!!!

Huge voice from bottom to top.A "bronze column of

sound"..Unforgettable man!  Came out stage door

once and said, "Hello,boys" in my poor ear. I

never recovered!!!!!


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   I hate "dubbed" but what greatness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

Our new hero!!!! Camarena is now "King of the bises."

He is something extraordinary in our opera world.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:28pm EDT

Sorry Zinka and Renata,....Antonietta Stella

1956 Met debut still remains my great

favorite.Big,luscious voice..ADORE!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

  I had only heard Caruso do this aria

and suddenly here is my beloved

favorite singer, Piotr Beczala, doing

it. This guy thrills me more than

his idol,Nicolai Gedda. Before he

did his first Lohengrin,I did give

him the CD set of Gedda's only one.

Very few singers today remind me of

my "Golden Age" from my youth.


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But WHY did he decide to RUIN one

of the greatest voices of the century??

He started to "open" the top too

low...Perche?He was  GOD when

in his prime!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

I was there when Licia (at 57) kissed the

Met stage after her aria. She was born 7/22/09.

Died at 105. I walked with tiny Licia at a

Soviero affair..Like walking with history.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Sweetest thing anyone could

say to me. Alagna said, "I can

see in your eyes how you love


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Asian lands produce greatness. The

Loge especially...but all of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

This type of emotion is UNKNOWN today

for the most part...…………………...


Category:general -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

  Come on, Enrico...why didn't you

  want to sing with him??? This is


Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm EDT

Along with the Rosenkavalier trio,

this for me is the most SUBLIME

opera scene...just the way Jones

WALKS at 7:00 makes me cry a river!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

  This wonderful man died onstage 

at only 51.(I saw Warren die on stage

at 49). I can see,from 1957, how Martha

Moedl sank into his arms in Walkure.

Wonderful Wozzeck(excellent English.)

Warem voice and great artist.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:14pm EDT

  Makes me CRAZY!!!!!!   NO ONE comes

   close..note the "I" vowel"

Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

King of the BIS....Not BEAST,like someone

I will not mention...……….

Category:general -- posted at: 5:56pm EDT

  Emerging as a PHENOMENON!!!!!!!

   Absolutamente INCREIBLE!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

RARE today!!!!! Such emotion and love!!

Should be more famous!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

  When I "discovered" Diana in 1977,

 I felt she was reminiscent of the

Tebaldi days. We have been close friends

ever since, and my frustration is that

she should be way up there as to

"famous" divas...but that's life. She 

and Alberto Cupido are superb

here. I hope you enjoy them.

  Diana is a renowned teacher, and the voice 

is still there!  So happy to have known her.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

One of the greats.Not everyone

can beat alcoholism and sustain

a fabulous career!!! Adored!!!!

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  Getting to chat with this great new guy..Hope he makes it....

Category:general -- posted at: 7:05pm EDT

Great young guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

  Back to the Met at 72!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:39am EDT

I saw a recital at 77....realized

Pavarottti "phoned it in."

Category:general -- posted at: 4:36am EDT

  7/13/24...Carlo Bergonzi.Did we

  take him for granted? a GOD!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:32am EDT

I forgot there is more...…………...

Category:general -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT

Ebe Stignani  7/11/03 was to have 

been the Norma on Cetra. I adore her!!!!

For me, GREATEST EVER!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

Superb Australian tenor w.French citizenship.

Never came to Met..a shame!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

(IN)famous Gran Scena opera co.

Ira Siff,Met broadcast commentator in the

great Tosca scene. I like especially when

she (he?? It??) finds the Salvocondotto

and the Yiddish "E Avanti a Lui" cracks me

up.  Ira is a great coach and he KNOWS 

opera traditions, so Ira (Vera) is perfect

as one of the hosts on Met broadcasts.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

When he went DIED!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm EDT

PURE JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT


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7/12/1895 Kirsten Flagstad...LEGEND!!!

My friends tell me in person it was pure STEREO!!!!!!

This is the world premiere of the songs.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

7/11/25  The GOD of tenors.

I saw his Met debut(Faust).The man

was a legend for all to hear!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm EDT

  Last note is closest to LIVE Tebaldi.


You DIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:31pm EDT

  Michael Spyres...Placido should

study with him. (I am so mean!)

Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT

  Sticking to videos now.Maybe I

  Can do audios eventually..but needs special repair.

After mom died in 1997,I returned to my

"career." I cannot read music but I do

not think this is too bad.


Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

  Caballe NY debut,replacing Horne.

Became a SENSATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm EDT

Hilarious Gianna Rolandi rendition

of usually cut Cenerentola aria.

Audience falls on floor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:50pm EDT

  ENJOY!  Camarena is great!!!!!

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

and they wonder why I complain today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

How many divas did pop like this?????

Fleming is a joke (Under the rainbow)

Category:general -- posted at: 6:50pm EDT

7/6/10 Kirsten was about 7

yrs.OLDER when she retired. She

did POP better than any diva!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:47pm EDT

They finally got rid of that

HORRRRRID Met Traviata.Here is a

rehearsal of the new one.

Grazie a Dio…..

Category:general -- posted at: 10:51pm EDT

Just discovered her.....I have to find that


Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

  I just sent this to Muzio at

http:// She will look

her up (way up) because she always admired

singers with great breath control.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

3/13/77  How I discovered the

new Tebaldi!!!!! Diana Soviero has

been my friend all this time...and

she received my tape of her Mimi

on Mar.19..he and my ma's birthdays!

Two great divas in my life.

BUT  with Pav I told her to wear

metal underwear!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

Amazing Mado Robin with high

Z sharp above R!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT

Happy Anniversary to the Rameys, Sam

and L:indsay.....two sweet people. Sam

and I go way back to 1970 Bolena, and

Lindsay gets a medal for marrying such

a DEVIL!!!! Love to them both.


Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

Virginia and MacNeil in

a truly great duet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:06pm EDT

Maria Galvany 1906  NOT SPEEDED UP!



    Can you do it??????????????????????

Category:general -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

The great Luisa Tetrazzzini, born on

June 29, 1871 singers w.Caruso!!!!!

I love this lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm EDT

So sad she deteriorated so quickly. Anna

Moffo, 6/27/32 was so gorgeous and we

loved her...but it did not last!  A shame!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

Not ONE of you could sit with us 

without falling on the floor hysterical.

They did finally throw us OUT! Note

the great tenor's PASSAGGIO!!! Are

there any companies in your area

like La Puma????

Category:general -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

Leonie knew the end was near. She

 was one of the most exciting singers

in memory, despite flaws (like Moedl,

Callas, Gencer, so many others. She is

terribly missed.!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

Diana and I had a long talk yesterday

about style and today's lack of divas

with kind of emotion of a Muzio,a Zeani,

a SOVIERO exhibited. SAD!!!!

    ....and do not yell at me for living in

the passato.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

Fine voice   6/25/40.People who

do not have access to these singers

miss a lot of unappreciated voices.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

Giuseppe Taddei, 6/26/16...A GREAT

baritone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Warm voice..

superb artist.


Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

Diana and I had a nice talk this

evening. She always tells people

I "discovered" her.....well, if so

I am glad.....The greatest!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

I am on this new "Buratto thing."

Wonderful to find a new voice

the way I did w.Soviero Mimi in 1977.

She is superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

  With Jeemy gone, we will have the

Ring back next season, but I fear

the orchestra will not rise to his


  We used to need DEPENDS at a

La Puma performance. I pppp'd

in my pantaloni!!!!!


Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

  I may have posted this, but if you

want to cry like watch this.

  She would come forward slowly on

"Ma quando vien lo sgelo" (note a

kind of "breath" on the "Ma" and then let out 

a Birgit Nilssonian top note on "E mio" that

threw us on the floor. (Remember, we were 

standees.)….I miss her so.....Called her on

every birthday....NO ONE in my view had the

combination of beauty of tone and WAGNERIAN volume.



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My friend saw Livia Budai as

Eboli in SF .He fell on the floor

in hysterics!!!! Who let her out?

I do not care if you are male,

female,or not sure...YOU are better!


Category:general -- posted at: 12:46am EDT

  My favorite version of this scene

  with Giuseppe Taddei (6/26/16) and

Rosanna Carteri.The way he says the

word "Entrate" is so warm...she never came

here..a pity!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am EDT

  Riccardo Stracciari, June 6, 1875.

  Just INCREDIBLE voice!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:32am EDT

  Gorgeous soprano. When she

  started the Norina Don Pasquale

aria, the resonance was so amazing,

I thought she was singing in my EAR!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:22am EDT

  Here is dear Irina Lungu, a real

  sweetheart of a person (she even

  likes me). Wonderful artist!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:19am EDT

  Zinka fioratura and some top notes

  not good..but play IN MIA MAN for

  the greatest!!!!!!!


Hey....1 million 900 thousand downloads in all these years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:46pm EDT

  Did I ever post this? I think

she was on valium..not drunk.

Poor tenor....I think she is related

to the Del Monaco family.

But better than Livia Budai




Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm EDT

She might have had to change her makeup...

or on drugs?????

Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

LAST of the singers with the

kind of feeling absent today.



 NO ONE does this today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT

6/22/10  Pears created the


Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

  Can we choose to separate controversy

over art?   This is not easy, but we

cannot deny his contribution to 

music?? Like no one knew...………………….

Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EDT

  I was Rochefort in her first Bolena

with Sam Ramey (who???). It was 

MY THRILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT

  Mexico reviews remember CALLAS....Galvany reviews 

for the Aida compared her to Maria!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:23pm EDT

  Who else but me looked down

her throat at those E flats!!!!   

Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm EDT

Happy Birthday 6/19/36 to my

darling friend,Marisa Galvany

(well, that is one of her fake names,)

We go back to Yolantha and Bolena.

Still does recitals in N.Carolina. One
of the GREAT singers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Unions do not allow real names if you
sometimes do not get paid,as in early days.)  I know all the names,especially
Ethel Merman




Category:general -- posted at: 8:16pm EDT

  Happy Fathers' Day to my dear friend

Sam Ramey, whose son just 

turned 15. It is my fervent hope

that Sam Jr. does not ever

witness this side of Sam.

  We go back a long time, and I

can tell you lucky

to have a great dad!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:04am EDT

  On this fathers' day, my beloved

friend,Virginia Zeani, wishes

you daddies a Happy Fathers' day.

Category:general -- posted at: 8:17am EDT

On this fathers' day,poor Siepi

gets to sing  "Mio,padre" but a 

certain lady sort of eclipses

his last note. HAM!!!!!!!


Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am EDT

Have you seen this?????

Category:general -- posted at: 7:32am EDT

Delmonaco sang "Trahison" running

out of the tent.He knew it was a broadcast!!

They looked better than Victor and Hedy!!!!

I was there...1958

Category:general -- posted at: 4:47am EDT

My beloved!!! Happy Birthday!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:44am EDT

Rise sat at her desk and told us of her love for Lehmann when she was a if in a trance...and

they sang together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:41am EDT

La Famosa storia di Handelmani e Rise 1/21/56 Since di Stefano broke Rise's arm on the broadcast of Carmen, the club meeting was cancelled..My ma planned a surprise birthday party....How to get Charlie out of the house???No party!!!! They got me to see her when she came back from the they could surprise me.but close call..... That PIPPO!!!!!! My friends surprised me..they just arrived before me. What a shock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! However imagine if a certain invited guest was able to attend. TEBALDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would have fainted! Quest' era la solita storia di Pippo e il mio compleanno.................



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I was 16..First singer I ever met.

Had great times at her home with the club...Made it to

99.....6/11/13...No one could be more beloved in my 

young life..well,also Tebaldi.

Rise,I will never forget you...……………..

Category:general -- posted at: 4:32am EDT


  a god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Category:general -- posted at: 10:15pm EDT

1978  Horowitz/Mehta.This is

This is my favorite classical work!

"GOD" plays!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

   I learn so much from Mari

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  Alagna said the nicest thing to me:

"I can see in your eyes how you love music!!"


That was so kind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  Irina is such a sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  My darling friend, Irina Lungu.

 6/5/80...A sweet,brilliant lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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6/2/49  VERY EXCITING!!!!!

Lets it all hang out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Wonderful!!

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  George London, 5/30/19 was a sensational

  Artist. He was riveting on stage and we adored

him. Career cut short by a herniated

vocal chord, but he made a fabulous

impression on opera!!!!

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  I went to see Galvany in Bolena.

  Suddenly this mezzo (later soprano)

opens her mouth and MIO DIO!!!!

Olivia was as thrilling as Galvany.

  That nasty Sam Ramey is the King,

by the way. When I did the role I

was a teddy bear.


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  1847 Version of the arika

Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

Happy Birthday   5/30/40  to my

 darling friend and great diva,

Olivia Stapp. They do not make

them like this anymore!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

  In loving memory of all the brave men 

  worldwide,who gave their lives for their

country. Bless them!


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  No words are adequate enough to

describe what she was. In the Met

it was breathtaking.  Bless her!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

Great lady...Despite many emotional 

problems, a great diva.

Our late dear friend,Gwynne Cornell,

is next to her.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

  Lots of FUN!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

  Little Belle Silverman might turn out to be pretty good.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

  May 25, 1920.....One of the greats!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

  On mother's day, I wish you

mommies my love..I hope you

are nicer than this lady

Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

Dear Mike....Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Your dog has great taste. We LOVE YOU!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

  Two of today's superb tenors.

I bring them presents, but cannot

bring too much to Piotr because

his luggage would be too heavy  when he goes

to Europe.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

Dear Michael Fabiano celebrates his

birthday May 8. He is a great star

and I hope he comes over soon to

raid my tenor cd's as we discussed.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm EDT


    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:14pm EDT

  Night after tragic death of

Warren, This Chenier was a great

example of the kind of singing we

had. Note it is in KEY and note, at

3:30 Zinka's "Amaaaaante". We went

nutty, after such a sad evening we

had experienced.

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  Did I ever show you this?

   If not...get ready for some

   great high notes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Spoke this evening to my darling

Virginia Zeani,now in a facility. She

is never lonely since she has

so many friends. Hit a couple of

high notes on the phone.

  Since Tebaldi, no one has touched my

heart like Virginia.

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  So sad that Toscanini's protégé,

Guido Cantell, was killed in a

plane crash. Life can be cruel!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

   First of all, please excuse me

  for a lack of posts, as I have been

 ill. I wrote Piotr after the great Luisa

Miller, which was tremendous last Saturday.

I missed him this year,and hope to see 

him next season.

A GREAT GUY and my favorite singer!

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   A real sweetheart and one of the last of the 

true verismo sopranos....and Lovable!

3/31/ 1952.   We love her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A long way from our Barber and

Hoffmann and Bolena,where we

were astounded by this young guy.

Happy Birthday and hope your new

hip is getting better.


   LOVE  Charlie

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Happy Birthday to my dear friend

Sam Ramey, One of the great stars

and good buddy since we sang at

the start of his illustrious career.


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No words are adequate to tell

you of what that night was like.

She was 65 but we know she

sang like this at 85. (MY TAPE)


Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

  Her caretaker says she

sang around the house...even

at 100.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

  My two favorite divas celebrate birthdays on Mar.19. How lucky I am to have had them in my life!!!!

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  12:30 Met Boheme with the GREAT Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  Died so young...a diva who makes me cry.


  Died so young...a diva who makes me cry.

That "Veiled voice"....Adore!!!!

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  Words fail me...OK...some flat notes at end of career...but Zinka screamed/



Stop me from wetting then Pavarotti towels.

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Renata returns..............I have already

used up 5 Pavarotti towels.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am EDT

I cannot write much...crying too much....we were close for years.


   Beloved Renata      You were my teenage LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

  Jan.25   I love my Marcello Giordani.....Breaks the chandeliers....and sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jan.22..Joseph Calleja missed our Jan.21 birthdays by one day...Sweetest guy once told me I am more famous than he is....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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Not happy with Verdi roles these days..but a vocal GOD at 73!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  Placido....I am a TRUE bass-baritone....


Feliz Cumpleanos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

  Forgot about the two great birthdays 

of Jn.21. Placido (TENOR) and me...true bass-baritone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

We all called Giorgio Tozzi "Signor Legato." The man was of the great artists we adored.

Born 1/8/23   Beloved man.

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Remember always before you eat to "Say Grace"       1/4/37


Bumbry had a great voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lives in Salzburg..We sometimes communicate.

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