OK..So his German was not like Svanholm's.

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Mario in the Limo (circa 1955)
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26am EDT

On the great Mario Del Monaco's birthday on 7/27 (1915), here, in outline form, are some recollections:


1.November 1951.My first opera.EXPENSIVE orchestra seat at 7.50. I remember very little, except the curtain opened, and a guy with WHITE TEETH came forward..First singer in my LIFE!


2. Oct.31, 1956  Callas debut.(bad!).  Act two (in those days in was act 4) he sings one low-lying line in the duet: "No,si vil non sono!"  I swear to this day it seemed he was singing that "innocent" line in my poor EAR, but one night he did say "Hello,boys" when he came out the stage door in my poor EAR again!


3. A friend supered in Otello.In act three he scared everyone with "Anima mia, ti malediiiico!" My friend's poor EAR!!!!!!!


4.Samson et Delilah 1958 matinee.(Rise and Mario looked even better than Vic and Hedy).End act 2...."No,I sing "TRAHISON" not off stage." (In his mind!)  It is a matinee....He ran out of the tent.....remember it was a BROADCAST!!! and sang it in front of the stage!  You big HAM!!!!  (Grazie a Dio!!)


5. Hard for him to sing over the passaggio with that voice..(Celeste AidOOOO) on F....but tried to sing piano and with Zinka did sing high B flat pp with her at end of Aida. He apologized once to Magda in Francesca rehearsal when he entered too LOUD...but at least he was aware of his shortcomings.


6. As years passed, the middle became "white," especially after his motorcycle accident, but last video is 1976 and the top remained great..but his "Riders to the sky" is disaster...and his live Fedora entrance,before the aria,  has someone saying something like "OI VEY," or something..I think it might be "Ma no!!!!! (It was with Magda.)


7. He got very sick, and was on Dialysis for a few years,until a rather early death..in his 60's.


8. He gave 1000% every night..Never faked it.....we adored him so much! When he came down those stairs in act one Chenier (our first Chenier..we sneaked in to dress rehearsal) and full voice started the Improvisso..we went nuts!


9. Gala once around 1960...Act One Butterfly..Why the white hair? Pinkerton didn't retire!


10. Called Franco a "goat" but they later made up. (It's in the Corelli book.)


11. He hardly did Manrico..but at my first Trovatore, he sang it. I saw him 40 times..Never will forget him.God Bless!!!!

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

Here is the great man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

https://vimeo.com/174245102

 

On or off stage, I love this guy...Who doesn't????

Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

Carlo Bergonzi emerged as one of the greatest artists in opera history. Here,in 1986, he returns to the Met. He was born on 7/13/24.

The "slancio" is incomparable...a GOD in music!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Rare stage appearances by Virginia Zeani. She just told me they did a festival in her honor in Romania.

Who deserves it more?  Remember she is my "sister."

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

When I find a new voice,I want others to sample it.Note remarkable pianissimo tones, AND mixed chest voice on "Crudel," which pleases me so much.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

Eleonora Buratto was born in Mantua, Italy. After graduating at the "Lucio Campiani" Conservatory, she continued her studies for three years under the guidance of Luciano Pavarotti and then with Paola Leolini. 
She made her debut in the role of Musetta in La Bohème in 2007, winning the competition " Adriano Belli " in Spoleto.
In 2009, conducted by Riccardo Muti, she debuted in the role of Creusa in Demofoonte by Jommelli at Salzburg Festival, Opèra Garnier and Ravenna Festival. In 2011, again under the baton of Riccardo Muti, she was Susanna in I due Figaro by Mercadante at Teatro Real Madrid, then at Salzburg Festival, Ravenna Festival and at the Colòn of Buenos Aires. In 2012, conducted by Riccardo Muti, she was Amelia in Simon Boccanegra at the Opera Theatre in Rome and in 2013 Norina in Don Pasquale at Teatro Real Madrid and in Rome and she sang in Chicago in the Mass in C minor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Muti. In 2014 she was again Amelia on tour in Japan with the Rome Opera Company.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

You cannot judge by this clip, but the second this delightful lady sang the first Norina line, it was as if she was "miked." What a fabulous,most unusual resonance. I was thrilled!!!!!

  May she go far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT


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