Neri died only at 49.( 5/21/1909)

Imagine those two together@@@@@@@@

 

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  Imagine telling Gigli or Corelli that

the opere had to end with her Mad Scene.

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  Nella Melba   5/19/1861    MEAN!!!!!!

 

   But great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                 Two special men

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Non posso imagginare….Coming in

July!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cannot sing even

Il cavallo scalpita..  SHOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:51am EDT

Doing Santuzza in July......Mamma ma!!

 

She is delusional!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  I adored this great man!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:43am EDT

5/18/1958    I always told Lauren she

is a rare lady because she takes chances.

RARE among divas....and a friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:38am EDT

  The Caruso of Bassos...…..

Category:general -- posted at: 8:34am EDT

Ezio Pinza 5/18/1892

  The greatest ever!@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

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

On Jan Kiepura's 5/16/ birthday,let

us celebrate my favorite singer,my

dear Piotr Beczala.Kiepura would love him!

 

 

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  Piotr introduced me to his son!!! He then

  got on the phone and called "Hi ma"...It was

Martha Eggerth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

  We lost this great man too young!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:27pm EDT

  She had a tremendous repertory,

I hope you enjoy this.Rest in Peace.

Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

  Remembering Daniela Dessi. I know

  Fabio misses her.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

  Fabio thanked me for remembering his 

   late wife..She left us too soon.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:42pm EDT

He makes Bonisolli seem calm!!!!!

I think they put LSD in his lasagna.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:50pm EDT

Re-enactment of REAL THINGS that

happened on opera stages!!!! FUNNNY!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

My all-time favorite tenor of those I saw.

Sadly died before Met was to have given 

him the role.   

Category:general -- posted at: 7:43pm EDT

Bidu Sayao,born 5/11/02 once spent an entire

Met Gioconda intermission chatting with us.

Her husband was Giuseppe Danise, Resnik's teacher,

and Resnik was the Laura that night!!!!

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

Ruth Welting  5/11/49....so sad she died young.

Like Pons, this is one tone UP!!!!!!!!!

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

  I am the only person who looked down

Galvany's throat on her E flats!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:05pm EDT

Imagine Zampieri has a career?????????????

Category:general -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

  I just heavenly texted Corelli and sent

this....He said, "Sono geloso!!!!!!"

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

LOVE on your May 8 birthday, Mike!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT

  One of our greats today and a sweet guy!!!

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Happy Birthday,Mike….5/8/84!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EDT

But who knows???????????????ad!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

Died at only 64. HUGE voice. Was a

patient of my dentist. I bet she had

a mike in her throat.... Great!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

Forget it!!!!!!!!!!!! You'll never hear

anything like this again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:56pm EDT

Without the Ring, my life would not

be treasurable

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  If you asked me to name the greatest

performance of any role by any singer

in my ENTIRE opera life (live), it is the

Ludwig (a mezzo) Frau Dyer's Wife!!!!!!!

   Do you have one????????????????????????????

Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

  Courtesy of the late Ed Rosen!!!!!

 

     My favorite tenor of those I saw!

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     I am nuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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   I think my friend Piotr might not like

  this too much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:20pm EDT

   Whom do you like best??????????

Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm EDT

  A very variable singer, but superb here.

  Watch the way she just WALKS..a thrill!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT

  Roberta Peters  5/4/30. An artist

  with great technique!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm EDT

  They did not do this cabaletta in

  the olden days....Except for the last

note, Callas plunges into this aria

with fabulous excitement!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

  Michael has it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT

  Callas 1952 Live..They do not allow

  this now....a Shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

  On the "Fa"  we went nuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:52pm EDT

  Who needs the Met Ring 

Back again? HERE is the

Proper analysis!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:02pm EDT

Crazy Lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What language???

Category:general -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

First mezzo I EVER heard, when I got a hernia

taking the 1929 Aida 78's from the library at 15.

 

      Sad...Allies bombed her villa and she died.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm EDT

  Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now they are

together again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:26pm EDT

  A shame she cancelled so much, but GOD!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:23pm EDT

When she did not cancel, she was a sensation, as in her

NY debut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:21pm EDT

Amazing!!!  4/12/1898 birthday. She

sounds great.I was never a big fan, but this

is glorious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:17pm EDT

  Thanks for the E flat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

Happy Birthday, dear Aprile!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:10pm EDT

Love them both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:08pm EDT

Happy Birthday to sweet dear Aprile Millo.

She has always been so kind and loving, and a great artist.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:04pm EDT

  Not appreciated enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT

Well, Tebaldi 1949 does it, but I cannot

have it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EDT

  A great lady, and a rarity today,along

with Netrebko and precious few others.

Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

One of the TINY number of special

divas of today who are special. An

amazing quality (and you MUST be

there live) is that like Cossotto,

the resonance sounds as if she is

singing in your ear!! It is not just a

big voice...it has an amazing penetration.

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      ...and you thought Mari Lyn

was like Muzio...NO!!!!!

This guy beats them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  Yes, I know people love him. My friend studied

with Enrico Rosati, teacher of Gigli,Lauri-Volpi,

and Lanza. His voice was souped up, but

essentially probably fine..BUT what he does

at the "le dolce brezze" makes me want to

shoot him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

...but in small groups I did some bass

roles......but it was fun,despite the fact

I was no Pinza.  With dear Jennifer Zarchy.

Be kind!!!! Remember, I can't read music!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:33pm EDT

    NEVER FORGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  So what if it was B instead of C!!!!

 

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

  I saw his Met debut and 40 more times.

  Yes, he could be a pain...but a fabulous

  man on that stage. Note the B flat Celeste

 Aida DIMINUENDO. Friends of mine and his

loved him as a person. In the book it tells

how he and wife Loretta fight in a hotel room.

I asked Frank Guarrera, "With SAUCE???"

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   NO one like him and Del Monaco today!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

Rather controversial figure but sometimes

people are Goering to separate his possible

Nazi connections from his art. I can do that,

but not everyone can...but a GREAT MAN!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

  Truly superb artist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

  If you asked me what 5 singers of the past I would

most want to hear, Ebe Stignani would be one. The

others I guess would be Lehmann,Caruso, Muzio 

and Eva Turner.  Stignani never came to the Met,

another one of their stupid mistakes.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

Stop with the "fat" stuff. If anyone

can sing like Anna, I do not care

if she looks like a hippo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  Here are two of my buddies,Sondra

Radvanovsky and Stephen Costello,

enjoying a Bolena rehearsal!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

  Stracciari is my all-time

  favorite baritone.

 

        We are now up to 1,979,221

    downloads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

I love my friend Olivia Stapp's "Giudici."

  However, when Ramey, Galvany, and I

 did it in 1970, she held the D so long

I ran out of breath!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT

Gencer and MacNeil!!!!!!

  Listen to that ending!!!!!!!!!

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

OH!!!Calisto Bieito loves to stage

those Verdi operas in a "traditional"

manner...  E pazzo!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

Luciano must have had a great

time with Isola Jones. They

always had to make doors wider

so she could enter. I once told

Soviero to wear metal panties,

knowing what he enjoyed!!!

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

Someone did not like some

post I made on Facebook and

they blocked me two days.So you

are getting more videos! Good 

for you. Maybe I said Peretyatko

is better than Callas?????

Category:general -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

  Nice to see stars have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:57pm EDT

  What a nice guy...Stefan Kocan…but

Met does not appreciate him...

Such a wonderful artist and friend.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:55pm EDT

  La Scala audience is very MEAN!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

Placido might try this in 2098...Michael is amazing!

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

  Great voice..I do not know if she sings 

anymore..The enormous weight might have

been a problem..but love the voice.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

  Stella and Bergonzi in great scene.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

 I am too lazy to redo the Tebaldi

comments;much is cut off;in the

future I will be more careful.

Note she runs on the B flat and it is

the closest to what I heard live..Ten

Jet planes!!!!!

 

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    LUV IT....but note Heddle Nash does it in falsetto. Hard note after an entire aria...Best for me is the GEDDA ATTACK. My poor friend had to make a series of LP's for Eddie Smith, the first pirate of 101 of the entire aria..His poor wife almost wanted a divorce!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:19pm EDT

Love this...but nothing compares with Corelli in Parma...which is really almost "funny" like the Caballe Don Carlo ending.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

  I am sure that many of you have met, and in some cases, became friendly with opera stars. In my case, it is the great Renata Tebaldi with whom I had a closer-than-usual relationship. It was on every birthday that we spoke, and since my mother had met her once, she always said, "Carlos,com'e la mamma??"She called me "Carlos" rather than "Carlo" since her English was limited and my Italian was limited...so I used my Spanish. NO ONE in my life,except my ma, meant more to me...Now it is Virginia Zeani, in that same kind of feeling, whom I will forever treasure...and as compared to Zinka, whom you could NEVER call by her first name, Tebaldi was only "Renata" to us. Bless her forever!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EDT

We always had guessing games so why don't you give out prizes for those who can guess the most of these singers???

Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

I love this guy.....why is he not here at the Met????

Well, they have no taste!!!!!   Please note I am doing only many videos, but a big variety.

Please send me comments to Placido21@aol.com. We were both born Jan.21, except I am a real baritone.(ooops, am I mean???)

Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

I will never ever forget the golden sound at "Beviamo ai novissimi legaaaaaaami"...this is like a Di Stefano or Gigli sound..I loved him, and she  was one of the greatest..Just turned 90!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

  One of the FIVE tenors I saw and adored (Tucker,Bergonzi,Corelli,Del Monaco) were the others.The man had the most gorgeous middle voice I ever heard. He did push but the basic sound was absolutely ravishing..especially in the first act of Butterfly, "O Kami O Kami....BEVIAMO AI NOVISSIMI LEGAAAAAMI." I will not ever forget him!!!!! I will post the Butterfly.

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

 

  Mentally deranged Bonisolli stays on the high C and then when people applaud and others try to interrupt, he says that Puccini wrote a pause there. The man was a PIG and I hate him!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

Beverly's D at the end of the "Vivi,ingrato" ranks as one of my greatest thrills!!!!!! Live, you held your breath!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

  Our 1970 Bolena with Galvany holding the D 5 hrs.and a new guy named Sam Ramey. I was Rochefort. I am the only person who could look down her throat while she sang high D and E flat!!!! Who would know Sam would become one of the all-time greats.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm EDT

  What a thrill to remember my meeting Sam in 1970 and then singing with him in Bolena,Barbiere, and Hoffmann. Great guy!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

  I met Sam at our first Bolena rehearsal in 1970. He has been one of the great singers of our time. Love to him!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:45pm EDT

  We love Javier...not just the high notes, but the incredible musicality. He is a special guy!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:39pm EDT

  I once told Ricky Di Giuseppe how I loved his high E flat in Coq d'or..He replied, "HIGH E natural!!" So now Michael shows off his fabulous top!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:35pm EDT

George Gershwin allowed only Afro-Americans in Porgy and Bess. That is a shame, because, from the GRAVE, next season at the Met, the new Porgy will be presented. Well, Mari actually sings this as if she were in the grave. Bless her. She tries so hard.

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

One of my all-time favorite commercial recordings!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

Here is Virginia in the Console aria.She remains of the greatest singers in my life, and a dear friend.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

She created this role, and following this are two more versions of the aria.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

Piccolo Marat with Borso and my sister,Virginia..and a loud prompter. They have no verismo sopranos today to do this.     Beautiful work!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

  Of all the tenors I never saw live, here is one of them,along with Caruso,Thill,Anselmi, and Masini,

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