Did I dream that KID I knew in high school,where I taught, would arrive at this point..What a star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Happy Fathers' Day
Category:general -- posted at: 2:40am EDT

   Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 I sent this to Fabiano and Beczala. I think they had to run to the....you know!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

He makes my life so happy!!

I have not been so thrilled with an artist since the olden days! Well,Piotr has good taste,as his idols are Gedda and Wunderlich!!!!!

 

(Prince Igor aria)

Direct download: Piotrmanon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:47pm EDT

Marisa celebrates on June 20 and two daddies join her for Fathers' Day..Sam and Harry were little kids here!!!!!!

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

My loving buddy,Piotr Beczala, who makes my life so joyous..as he does for so many. He said this might come out on DVD...I hope so!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:06am EDT

Anyone who has not been on this planet recently might not know of the great Mari Lynn.She can be found on Youtube and I must warn you..If you have a weak stomach, do NOT watch this.

 She is currently coaching with Amelita Galli-Curci!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

I keep finding them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Brava!!!!

 

She gained international attention for the first time in 1994 after stepping in at the last minute to perform Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Geneva Opera. This role was also the vehicle of her debut at the Paris Bastille, with the Munich Radio Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera and Pittsburgh Opera.

Another of her roles is Gilda in Rigoletto, which she has performed at Canadian Opera Company, Lausanne Opera, Opéra Bastille, Pittsburgh Opera, New Israeli Opera, Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, Canadian Opera Company, Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi Salerno, Houston Grand Opera, and The Dallas Opera.

Her Lucia di Lammermoor at Houston Grand Opera "literally catapulted the opening night audience to its feet with her creativity and versatility." (Don Moser, Houston Voice).

Other notable roles have been her Linda di Chamounix; Marie in La fille du régiment; La Comtesse Adèle in Le Comte Ory, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare; Morgana in Alcina; Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann, and Ophélie in Hamlet.

She got her start at San Francisco Opera where she held an Adler fellowship, singing roles such as Xenia in Boris Godunov, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Duchesse Medina-Sidonia in Milhaud's Christoph Colombe, Marie in La fille du régiment and Fiakermilli in Arabella. Her role-debut of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos was the vehicle of her return to San Francisco Opera in 2002. She reprised the role at the Richard-Strauss-Festspiele in Garmisch with Ulf Schirmer, Los Angeles Opera and at Houston Grand Opera.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:22pm EDT

I keep finding them!!!! Watching the Pogner in Meistersinger and discovering a voice reminiscent of the great bassos like Ludwig Weber and Kurt Moll.  Just gorgeous tone!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

Fedora Barbieri  6/4/1920
When I first went to the Met, one of the most amazing organ-like voices was Fedora Barbieri. The voice was rich and full, and she was one of our favorites ,The incredible lows shortened the very top, so B flat was virtually her easiest top note. (She does not take B natural in the Eboli.)
She was able to bring the chest voice up in an incredible way, so if you picture the last utterance in the Judgement Scene, the word "Anatema" before "su voi" was in CHEST!!!! When she broke away from De Luna, the "Deh rallentati,o barbari" shook the house. (Warren got mad and did not want her to take a solo.)
In 1976, when she returned for Trittico, I had made her some tapes, and met her backstage,mentioning the Trovatore scene. She then launched into it (lower key), and I then realized that she was not too shy. When she and Leyla came to be honored several years ago, at a Licvia Gala, she proceeded to sing some lines of a song, also in a rather low key.
She did a Master Class at Manhatten School of Music which was rather uninteresting. They can sing..but not always teach! We did spend some time backstage and she made me feel "calm" but she was still as much fun as ever. (Euphemism for "nuts!")
  I hope she and Giulietta made up, because I was always told they would not sing on the same planet!!!
   One of the greatest voices I ever heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT


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