Turkeys in my Operatic Existance

Is this not a poifekt day to use that "Broadway" expression??
Here are mine:

1. Angela Gheourghiu reading the Traviata letter in Braille

2. Except for great high C's, the career of Kurt Baum

3. New Zealand horrid tenor Reginald Byers forgetting to come in offstage during Galvany's "Sempre Libera" and she also told me his dentures fell down the toilet bowl..GIUSTIZIA!!!!!!

4. Cannot list all the La Puma Opera turkeys...just maybe the chorus lady in Aida wearing a watch..(Memphis time?????)

5. Some jerk who had no business singing Ramfis at an early age, cracking on "Folgore, MOOOORTE!"  (But I made up for it later on and even sang the RE the same night)

6. Tenor Mario Ortica,ruining Tebaldi's Aida....After "Vicino a sol," I think his madre only applauded.

7.Some Met dude backstage pulling the Walkure act 2 final curtain BEFORE the great James Morris uttered his last words....It went back up..too late...Did he kill anyone with his speer?

8. Tenor Jon Crain at City Opera in 1954 HUGGING Tosca at "Morto..morto..." I guess he forgot to read the libretto.

9. The greatest air raid siren in history....The Milanov high C at the end of "Ma dall'arrido" at Marian Anderson's debut. NY Fire Dept.thought it might replace their usual sirens. (See how fair I am about my all-time favorite singer.??)
10.Not having Ebe Stignani at the Met

   FELICE TURKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Love you all




















 
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

One night at the old Met,the rope that held us,that really contained 50 people instead of maybe 10...we let our friends in at 7....BROKE...and we all fell on the pavement..

 

I am still laughing....we were absolutely hysterical!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:37pm EDT

I thought she was smarter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT

Dear Paul was 19.We sang a lot together.......We never dreamed he would become an ICON!!!!! He did a few Bohemes last yr..Alc/Benoit.  A sweet guy with several serious tragedies in his life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Leech was so good.Came over once to get a tape of Don Sebastien. Lorengar had wide vibrato..but a treasure!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

I saw him in his farewell tour..a GOD!!!!!

Direct download: 01_-_Forza_Gigli1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

Sounded MIKED live...amazing resonance!!!

Direct download: 01_-_Cossotto-Condotta.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

My beloved Virginia just turned 91. I told her that her knees would not be so bad after 645 Violettas if she wore knee pads.       OR....ask to die on a mattress (or on a bad tenor)

Category:general -- posted at: 10:40am EDT

If you have your towels ready, here is Renata's return to New YOrk.

 

Hard for me to take...since she was the kindest person imaginable!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

Michael knows I think he is Franco 2...Different of course, but GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Great guy!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am EDT


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