Not always an easy voice to take..but a MONUMENTAL MAN!!!!  My friend became close with this great icon..In person the voice must have ben a sensation....a bit "white" in color...but nevertheless a great man.

 

He told my friend, "Del Monaco sings like a truck driver but McCracken is the TRUCK!!!!

Direct download: Pag_Mart..mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT

  For next season,Susi Sommers replaces Peretyatko. Audience must wear earplugs.

Even Larry Brownlee does not have a high T over L.

Direct download: sus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

  Piotr loved the late Nicolai Gedda so much. Once he put on a jacket in a Paris Faust, and the label inside read "Nicolai Gedda."

 Here is a tribute to Gedda, who always sang this so beautifully. I sang it for my mother (lower key) and she said, "Good...but I prefer Gedda!"

Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

When dumb Met audiences laugh at some titles during act one Tosca (You know "Make her eyes black") I get mad.In Chicago once, Eva Marton was furious at the "Give her black eyes" title.

Well, I am a big crab. I feel like Jon Vickers in a Dallas Tristan (Dristan??) where he told the audience to "shut up."

   Hey, I am putting lots of stuff here..and even some old podcasts, which I am sure you forgot about!!!!!

Direct download: Vickers_shut.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

Nice party for Willfred Pelletier with Licia and Tucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Sad how intolerance kept Afro-Americans out of the Met until Marian Anderson in Ballo 1955.I was there!

I spoke to Camilla Williams, a friend of Virginia Zeani,shortly before she passed away. She was my first Butterfly at City Opera. A great voice and a lovely lady!

Direct download: Camilla.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

I saw 5 of them in 1954!!!!!! Trouble with top notes but she did lose the C in the 50's....However for me the greatest singer in my life..saw her 88 times...well 88 and a half,as she fainted during a Verdi Requiem.

  She sounded so bad that night the "faint" might have been faked!

The tenor was Gino Penno..loudest top I ever heard, but did not last long. Blanche Thebom was Adalgisa and Cesare Siepi was Oroveso.

IN MIA MAN in last act is an example of her greatness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Direct download: MilanovNorma.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

Great Caterina Mancini and Rolando Panerai in duet from La Battaglia di Legnano.She thrilled me since age 17 on Cetra recordings..I have a letter from her.

Direct download: 13_-__Battaglia_Manc.duet-1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

    My dear buddy Diana Soviero in Romeo et Juliette.  The GREATEST

Direct download: Diana_Poison_aria.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07pm EDT

  Some of us (including some great singers) LOVE this stuff...I hope you do also!!!!!

 

She is the 567th cover for Flute next yr.

 

 

 

 

Category:general -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT


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