Sorry...have been down...some

croooook took 10,500 from my acct...

working on it......be back soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Victoria  11/1/23  The most divine

voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I have been ill and need to catch up.

Category:general -- posted at: 8:25pm EST

Tito Gobbi.Legendary  10/23/13...…

BUT she never got it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

She did 635!!My favorite 

Part of the entire opera is:

"Alfredo,Alfredo"

 She refused to wear knee

pads when she died, accounting

for the arthritis. "I want eet to

feel real!!!"

Category:general -- posted at: 4:20pm EST

Happy Birthday to my adored

"sorella"  Virginia is FAMILY!!!!

  One of the greatest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm EST

Were there no Callas...….she was it!!!!

 

   ADORE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

Rest bin Peace,o Great One!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:58pm EST

Adore Franz Grundheber!!!!

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

  Bryan Hymel....Wonderful voice

He laughed when I told him I would

review his Rodolfo..and would LIE!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:08pm EST

Tragedy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On of the greats!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm EST

  Coming up on Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:35pm EST

Yes,some tenors have brains!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm EST

  I go NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:26pm EST

On the "FA" before the "RO"

we gasped!!!! He was a sensation!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:24pm EST

LEGEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:21pm EST

Bet you can't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Not a Warren or MacNeil TOP, but

a voice of pure gold.

 

Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

Gone too Soon!!! Fabulous voice.

Night after Warren died,he did a 

Chenier that was as great as a Warren.

Category:general -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

LORD@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm EST

Mario helps me to see if all

is OK.....

Category:general -- posted at: 9:32pm EST

Test to see everything is OK

Category:general -- posted at: 9:27pm EST

test

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

  I wrote support...something wrong w.page

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

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

(Although Tebaldi's first at the Met

broke the chandeliers)

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

Otto Schenk re-enacts REAL THINGS

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

Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

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

Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EST

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

Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

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

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

Category:general -- posted at: 6:20pm EST

Great MAN!!!  9/13/29...Often sang

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

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

Tatiana Troyanos left us too soon.

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

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

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 EST

  So sorry at the passing of Tito.

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

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

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 EST

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 EST

9/10/27      I love calm singers.

 

She hits T over J#

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

  He has better chest notes than his dear

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

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

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

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

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 EST

Sylvia Sawyer teaches Italian diction!

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

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 EST

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 EST

  I will never forget my friend of 50 yrs.

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

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

  1:42:48...who said he did not

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

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

You  sang with the best!!!! Love to

dear Paul on his birthday!!!!!

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

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 EST

Sorry..I tried something new, and the

Tucker post came out twice and some

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

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

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 complaints...so what if he held "bellezzze" in Tosca a bit longer, and there was evidence of the cantorail training and some sobs......so...big 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 complaints...so what if he held "bellezzze" in Tosca a bit longer, and there was evidence of the cantorail training and some sobs......so...big 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

Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm EST

Great artist left us 8/26. One of the

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

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

Jose Van Dam  8/25/40

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

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

  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).

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

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 EST

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 EST

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 dish...no kidding!!!!!!!

Great guy!!!!!

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

I TOLD Sam to teach Sam.Jr. Mefistofele

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

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

  Hope my favorite singer feels better

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

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

But I am tired of a tenor singing baritone..it

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

babies...……Sorry, Placido.

 

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

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

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

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

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

Wants to do heavy stuff..Oh well.

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

Get the stopwatch!!!!!

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

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

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

test

Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm EST

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

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

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

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

Category:general -- posted at: 11:40pm EST

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

 

 

LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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

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 EST

Leon Nucci continues his fabulous career!!!!!

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

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 EST

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

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

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 EST

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

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

  GORGEOUS VOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

And Weikl born a few days earlier in 1942

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

v

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 EST

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

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

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

any day.

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

 

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 EST

 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 EST

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 EST

   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!!!!!

 

Category:general -- posted at: 4:04pm EST

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

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

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

He is something extraordinary in our opera world.

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

Sorry Zinka and Renata,....Antonietta Stella

1956 Met debut still remains my great

favorite.Big,luscious voice..ADORE!!

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

  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.

 

Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

Sweetest thing anyone could

say to me. Alagna said, "I can

see in your eyes how you love

music!"    

Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

Asian lands produce greatness. The

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

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

This type of emotion is UNKNOWN today

for the most part...…………………...

 

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

  Come on, Enrico...why didn't you

  want to sing with him??? This is

  UNREAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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 EST

  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 EST

  Makes me CRAZY!!!!!!   NO ONE comes

   close..note the "I" vowel"

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

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

I will not mention...……….

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

  Emerging as a PHENOMENON!!!!!!!

   Absolutamente INCREIBLE!!!!!!

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

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

Should be more famous!!!!!

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

  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 EST

One of the greats.Not everyone

can beat alcoholism and sustain

a fabulous career!!! Adored!!!!

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

BREATHTAKING BELOVED!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:05pm EST

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

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


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