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 has an amazing penetration.

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      ...and you thought Mari Lyn

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

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

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  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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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...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!

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    NEVER FORGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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


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  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???"


   NO one like him and Del Monaco today!!!

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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!!!!

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

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  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!!!!!!

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  Stracciari is my all-time

  favorite baritone.


        We are now up to 1,979,221


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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!!!!!!!!!

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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!!!

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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?????

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

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  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!!!!!

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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.

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  Stella and Bergonzi in great scene.

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 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!!!!!

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

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  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 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!!!!

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

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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 We were both born Jan.21, except I am a real baritone.(ooops, am I mean???)

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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!!!!!

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  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.

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  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!!!!!!!

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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.

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

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

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

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  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!!!!!!

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Saw him on Paris visit in 1976..Gorgeous voice..never came to Met.....Beautiful voice!!!!!

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

  Happy Birthday Nelly...still can sing!!!!    3/31/52......

Category:general -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

OLD SCHOOL!!!!! Lovely, darling singer and one of the greats (not that the Met cares).I had to study three hours to learn to spell her name.

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In Newark, New Jersey at 23:11 :Loris,ove sei" I thought I was going to collapse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I can't "call" you today...but you "call" me forever.

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  I just cannot believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  Zinka may be my favorite singer, but maybe Magda in another way, has to be someone I treasure more!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:31pm EDT

  Her caretaker said she could sing around the house at 100!!!!!!  God bless her.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm EDT

  Piangero per sempre!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  She was once told, "Do not quit your day job." The basic quality is not like a Tebaldi but her singing emerges as the most gorgeous in its emotion and love for music. She is for me, a miracle!!!

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Magda....the miracle of opera. Oh, by the way, the Tosca selection is MY TAPE, and the ovation was lasted forever!!!!

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I cannot call you as I did on every birthday, but you will always be enshrined in my heart as the MIRACLE of opera.

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One of the rare singers who reminds us of what we do not have anymore.....

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Ivan Koslovsky   3/24/1900   Slightly nuts!

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When I told Dolora (3/24/52) she is a throwback to the great past, she had me do a master class for her students.I played good old stuff. When I asked her what it was like to sing the glorious Amneris, she said, "I just want to get the notes out!!"   Amazing woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  Truly superb tenor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Melchior had a birthday this week. This guy is a sensation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:28am EDT

  My adored Martha Moedl. Flawed in some ways but one of the most exciting singers ever. Olivia Stapp saw a "voiceless Isolde" in Europe once and audience went crazy...Unforgettable lady.

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Rudy Park and my friend Aprile! This is what we do not hear today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

   Mamma Mia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

DISCOVERY!!!!!!  Rudy Park!!!

 I saw Mario and Franco each 40 times...this guy is OLD SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I saw a fabulous one and she had bronchitis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

I did not know of this.....for Diana's Mar.19 birthday and my buddy Sam...…….

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

Since the days of Favero,Muzio,Zeani,Olivero,Scotto...we have had NO ONE like what Diana does..NO ONE!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

Not only does Diana Soviero and my mother have Mar.19 birthdays, but tenor Alberto Cupido celebrates. What a coincidence!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

Soviero sat on my couch and I said, "I have a Violetta you might like." She said, "Oh..she might study with me." I then played Mari Lynn and Diana almost fell on the floor. I love the word "Muttatta.

Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm EDT

Mar.19...My darling Diana Soviero, one of the greatest singers, and MY MOTHER, one of the greatest mothers celebrate birthdays!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

  Could be, and top was great but NOT BAUM EVERY NIGHT!!! His wife came out of the stage door after he was boooed and said, "I am Il Trovatore, not Milanov." She screamed. "You're all a bunch of faggots!!!"   Gee, she must have been in the standing room.

He is now coaching Tamagno,Martinelli, and Al Jolson.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

  WE HATED HIM!!!! Well, if Tucker or Mario were not there, he was reliable. Ugly voice.....I had to see him with Zinka Lord knows how much. Yes,he was reliable, but in those days, the rosters were small as compared to today, and singers stayed at the Met a lot. He is good in Lohengrin scene w.Traubel..more Germanic..Had fabulous high C...that is all!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:31pm EDT

  Fun with Christa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    THRILLING STELLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT

In 1966 Ludwig, ex-husband Berry, King,Rysanek,Dalis, under Boehm gave what I consider the greatest all-around show in my LIFE!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT

  Dyer's wife in Frau probably greatest single performance of a role by a singer in my life!!!!!!

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

Stella and a tenor I adored, with his gorgeous voice matching hers. She loved to cry a lot!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

  I almost forgot about Zinka as Stella opened her mouth as Aida in 1956. GREAT lady!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

Turns 90. Imagine to have Milanov,Tebaldi,Stella on roster in 1956. She and Bergonzi debut I will never forget..and I adored her luscious rich gorgeous voice.

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She had her flaws...but NUTS FOR HER.We gave a party in 1972 after Attila..All other divas photos taken down.Kabaiwanska came in New Years Eve.and said, "What is ths, a SHRINE????"

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  I love the Mehta/Valencia

RING.... Innovative!!!!!


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Ivan Koslovsky  3/11/1900. I love very subtle singers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

3/10/1892  Ages ago a friend brought me a 78 of Eva Turner..Who???? I went nuts!!!!! Nilsson might have not been able to cover her!!!!

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

  When dear Larry Brownlee sang this for his Met audition, the place went nuts....Here is another example of a superb lyric tenor with great range and technique! Bravo to him!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

  I thought Stefan Zucker was the world's highest tenor..OH NO!!!!!!

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

Jamie Barton, the ghost of Ebe Stignani,and the great mezzos of the past!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:54pm EDT

Claudia Novikova  3/9/1895 is a real CHARMER!!!  Special lady!!!

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

  Our new HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm EDT

BIS for the great Javier Camarena!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT

  Piotr gets a BIS!!!!! Love that guy!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:33pm EDT

Clara Petrella (and Mario) is really so wild!!!! Wonderful example of the kind of singing we no longer have.They want it "pretty."

Category:general -- posted at: 7:25pm EDT

We called the great Giorgio Tozzi 

"Signor Legato." Fabulous basso.

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

Jamie Barton is one of a handful of singers today who is "old school." A truly great voice and lovely lady!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:19pm EDT

Sam Ramey,who inherited his roles,

told me as a young student how he

saw this skinny guy in a rehearsal, open up this HUGE voice. One of the all-time greatest singing-actors!!!!!

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  The great Treigle and Rudel born on a Mar.6. I asked Di Giuseppe about his high e flat..He said, "E natural"  Treigle one of the greatest singers ever. Sam Ramey No.1!!


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Love Saioa Hernandez. Of course, the Met is so dumb they probably will not get her!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Margarete Teschemacher 3/3/1903.

Great voice with another favorite singer!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

Lucine saved so many shows she became  a "house soprano" which was

often a negative....but a great sound!   Happy Birthday!

(and those xxxxx rated jokes!)

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

Lucine told me (I was there) how

Monteux had to hold the dream roll

after this trio since we went NUTS!

Bless her!!!   Still has voice!!!!!

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