Sat, 14 May 2016
Superb Mandryka and Coming up Dutchman at the Met.
Michael Volle has established himself as one of the leading baritones, receiving the important German Theatre Award “Faust” and awarded “Singer of the Year” by the opera magazine “Opernwelt”. He studied with Josef Metternich and Rudolf Piernay.
His first permanent engagements were at Mannheim, Bonn, Düsseldorf and Cologne. From 1999 until 2007 Michael Volle was a member of the ensemble of the Zurich Opera House where he sang various roles in new productions, including Beckmesser Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Eugene Onegin, Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande, Marcello La Bohème, Count Le Nozze di Figaro, Barak Die Frau ohne Schatten (2009) and Wolfram Tannhäuser (2011).
Since the 2007/2008 season Michael Volle has been a member of the Munich State Opera singing the title roles in the new productions of Eugene Onegin and Wozzeck and further roles like Count Le Nozze di Figaro, Kurwenal, Amfortas, Wolfram and Amonasro.
Messiah, An Sylvia,Tannhauser,Parsifal,Meistersinger,Don Carlo, Falstaff, Merry Widow
Fri, 13 May 2016
Combining an attractive voice with sparkling coloratura agility and good looks, Peters became a favorite of American audiences and a great proponent of opera for the masses. She quickly established herself in the standard soubrette and coloratura repertoire. Her roles at the Met included Susanna in Nozze di Figaro; Despina in Così fan tutte; The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute; Amore in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice; Marzeline in Beethoven's Fidelio; Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia; Adina in L'elisir d'amore; Norina in Don Pasquale; Oscar in Un ballo in maschera; Nanetta in Falstaff; Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann; Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier; Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos; and Adele in Die Fledermaus. She later added lyric-coloratura roles such as Amina in La sonnambula, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Gilda in Rigoletto, the last being her farewell role at the Met in 1985.
Fra Davolo,Sonnambula,Etoile Du Nord(Meyerbeer), Hamlet, Perle du Bresil(David)
Fri, 13 May 2016
Luisa Tetrazzini. One of the greats! Today they would "laugh" at the deliberate register breaks. That was the style. I love it!!!
Linda di Chamounix, Sonnambula, Crispino e la Comare (Ricci), Vespri Siciliani,
I have archived all podcasts, but in the case of individual singers, it is often hard to check exactly what selections I presented. However, there is so much, I am sure you will like it all,even if you heard it previously.
Wed, 4 May 2016
The range of roles which she undertook was unusually varied in their vocal requirements: Manon, Charlotte (in Werther), Juliette (in Roméo et Juliette), Marguerite (in Faust), Mignon, Zerlina (in Don Giovanni) and Mélisande. She also sang the trio of heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann.
Vallin had a great affection for French operetta, and performed works by Lecocq, Massé, and Chabrier; she even ventured into music hall during the 1930s, singing at the Alhambra in Paris. Such was her popularity in her native country that she also appeared in a 1937 film, La fille de la Madelon.
Vallin worked with most of the leading French singers of her era, including the renowned tenor Georges Thill, whom she disliked. Her voice was that of a good-sized lyric soprano, well balanced but strongest in its middle and lower registers; but, at her peak, she was also capable of singing high coloratura, as recordings of arias by Bellini and Donizetti illustrate. Her tone was cool and clear, with exemplary enunciation. Louise, Charlotte and Manon became her signature roles. Her performances were described by the critic André Tubeuf as the "epitome of good singing but also of good taste". Sound technique supported both her versatility and the durability of her career; as late as 1946, when she was 60, she sang the Countess (in Le nozze di Figaro) and she continued singing and recording into the 1950s. Between 1953-59, she was a guest professor at the Conservatory in Montevideo.
Roi d"Ys,Pearl Fishers,Louise,Enfant Prodigue,Fortunio(Messager),Chanson Georgienne (Balakirev)
More stuff to come.Have had glitches...Non mi abbandonare!!!!
Mon, 14 March 2016
Confessate!!!! I know some of you sing in the shower!
Here is a guy who thinks he is the succesor to Nicolai Gedda. Let us give him credit! (or should we?)
Mon, 14 March 2016
See, I TOLD you I would do audio podcasts again! I just had so many glitches.
Here is a 1967 Rigoletto under Fernando Previtali, with the glorious cast of Cornell MacNeil,Richard Tucker, and Renata Scotto.
(I do not have complete cast information.)
Sun, 13 March 2016
Wolf-Ferrari: Preghiera, Come tu mi fai rabbia
Puccini: e l'uccellino
Donizetti: Me voglio fa 'na casa
Buzzi-Peccia: El Morenito
Lehar: Yours is my heart alone (In Italian)
Tosti: 'A vucchella
Sun, 31 January 2016
Part One of Tebaldi NY Feb.19, 1976 Farewell
Sarti:Lungi dal caroi bene
Scarlatti: Se Florindo e fedele
Rossini: Anzoleta avanti la regata
Bellini: Vanne,o rosa fortunata
Verdi: Otello "Ave Maria"
Gluck: Alceste aria
Puccini: Mimi Addio
Wolf-Ferrari: O miei sospir
Sun, 24 January 2016
Happy Jan.21 birthday to at least one famous guy, but the other one is also a star(in my own mind.)
Tannhauser,Luisa Miller (where he gets to sing, "Quando le sere al PLACIDO"),and duet w.Pilar Lorengar.
Un abrazo fuerte,Placido!!!!
Thu, 12 November 2015
Hope this works!! Have had computer disasters!!!
Lucrezia Bori was a very famous singer. Her name I think was Borgia, and I would not have wanted to eat at her house!
Here are live scenes from La Rondine w.Mario Chamlee (1934 Chicago), and Manon (1936 Met) with Richard Crooks.
Hope I can do many more podcasts,before you get frustrated!