Were there no Callas...….she was it!!!!

 

   ADORE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rest bin Peace,o Great One!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:58pm EDT

Adore Franz Grundheber!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:19pm EDT

  Bryan Hymel....Wonderful voice

He laughed when I told him I would

review his Rodolfo..and would LIE!!!!!

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Tragedy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On of the greats!!!!!

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  Coming up on Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yes,some tenors have brains!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  I go NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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On the "FA" before the "RO"

we gasped!!!! He was a sensation!!!

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LEGEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bet you can't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Not a Warren or MacNeil TOP, but

a voice of pure gold.

 

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Gone too Soon!!! Fabulous voice.

Night after Warren died,he did a 

Chenier that was as great as a Warren.

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LORD@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mario helps me to see if all

is OK.....

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Test to see everything is OK

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test

Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm EDT

  I wrote support...something wrong w.page

Category:general -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Although Tebaldi's first at the Met

broke the chandeliers)

Category:general -- posted at: 8:47pm EDT

Otto Schenk re-enacts REAL THINGS

Have you ever seen a live flub?????

Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

She is pushing into heavy stuff.

Elsa is a good choice...for the future

and that may come..but stay away from

too much pushing...….CH

Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

  She can do big stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  One of the very few singers who recall the olden days! Pushing 

into heavier stuff...but still UNIQUE!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

Great MAN!!!  9/13/29...Often sang

with Freni..What a couple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Tatiana Troyanos left us too soon.

9/12/38 birth. One of the greats!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

My "sister" Virginia,at 92, is in

a Florida facility. We speak often

and she is not doing badly. I

love her as I did Tebaldi!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

  So sorry at the passing of Tito.

He was an icon in the music world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

When we first did Bolena in 1970,

Marisa Galvany held the D so long,I ran

out of breath on my middle D. A new

guy named Ramey was the King. Galvany

and I go back over 50 yrs. and I know

all her fake names!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

Bad panic attack tonight and selfishly

wish to distract myself and give you

Sue Hassell....I sang with her....Orrrrrrrore.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:09am EDT

9/10/27      I love calm singers.

 

She hits T over J#

Category:general -- posted at: 3:31am EDT

  He has better chest notes than his dear

wife Linda!!!!   He is a great guy!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:03am EDT

I Love my friend???? And you?????

Category:general -- posted at: 1:56am EDT

To my wonderful friend and superb

artist. Irina is  so dear. I am glad

they are now back to traditional

productions. (????)

Category:general -- posted at: 1:53am EDT

Sylvia Sawyer teaches Italian diction!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:43am EDT

Someone named Petrova has a birthday

today,,,Reminds me of VASSILKA

Petrova, who had us pppp'ing for years.

She paid for her operas.....I would not trade this in for Malibran's debut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:47pm EDT

Brought the house down at his 1972

farewell..especially "But ask Corelli twwwwwice."

They feuded like mad, but he respected her.

Category:general -- posted at: 8:31pm EDT

  I will never forget my friend of 50 yrs.

  Regina meant so much to me!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:28pm EDT

  1:42:48...who said he did not

sing high C onstage????????

Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

You  sang with the best!!!! Love to

dear Paul on his birthday!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

My old buddy!..Paul...we met in 1961

You were Guardiano.I was Melitone

and Marchese..GEE,one of us made it!!!!

Illustrious career of one of the most

beloved people I know. Happy Birthday!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Sorry..I tried something new, and the

Tucker post came out twice and some

text cut off...but you get some idea!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:10pm EDT

My Favorite Tenor Tucker once told his dear friend Ed Rosen, "I do not like to bunt..I hit home runs." Believe me he "bunted" a lot...The legato was there..despite some complaints...so what if he held "bellezzze" in Tosca a bit longer, and there was evidence of the cantorail training and some sobs......so...big deal.....Ever hear of GIGLI?? You take the man as a whole...a fabulous lirico-dramatico voice..rang through the Met like a golden tone of incredible size and beauty at the same time. I used to go ballistic when he dropped the sword in Forza, came up front, and let out that glorious B at the end of the "Sleale" duet. I also adored the act 2 Chenier "Credi al destino," showing the legato that some deaf people did not hear. I saw him maybe 65 times..NEVER gave a bad performance in my view...gave 1000%...perhaps too much after the first heart attack,where George Jellinek asked him to take it a bit easier.NO WAY! The 1964 Cav w.Farrell echoes in my mind so vividly...especially, "Per me,pregate Iddio." Sorry he did not get to do the Juive at the Met.His last perf.from Spain show he could have gone on at least 15 years more. Thank you,dear Richard Tucker........there was NO ONE like you!!!!!!!! I was at the unveiling of the monument at Lincoln Center. I believe pigeons are scared to death to go near the statute..They have as much respect as do millions of others.... Love Charlie

 


Tucker once told his dear friend Ed Rosen, "I do not like to bunt..I hit home runs." Believe me he "bunted" a lot...The legato was there..despite some complaints...so what if he held "bellezzze" in Tosca a bit longer, and there was evidence of the cantorail training and some sobs......so...big deal.....Ever hear of GIGLI??
You take the man as a whole...a fabulous lirico-dramatico voice..rang through the Met like a golden tone of incredible size and beauty at the same time.
I used to go ballistic when he dropped the sword in Forza, came up front, and let out that glorious B at the end of the "Sleale" duet. I also adored the act 2 Chenier "Credi al destino," showing the legato that some deaf people did not hear.
I saw him maybe 65 times..NEVER gave a bad performance in my view...gave 1000%...perhaps too much after the first heart attack,where George Jellinek asked him to take it a bit easier.NO WAY! The 1964 Cav w.Farrell echoes in my mind so vividly...especially, "Per me,pregate Iddio."
Sorry he did not get to do the Juive at the Met.His last perf.from Spain show he could have gone on at least 15 years more.
Thank you,dear Richard Tucker........there was NO ONE like you!!!!!!!! I was at the unveiling of the monument at Lincoln Center. I believe pigeons are scared to death to go near the statute..They have as much respect as do millions of others....
Love Charlie

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Great artist left us 8/26. One of the

wonderful artists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:14pm EDT

Jose Van Dam  8/25/40

One of the supreme singers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

  I recall Dever and Zajick backstage

 after a Trovatore comparing flu symptoms.

  How do they do it???? Mme.Dever has

  a gorgeous voice and is an endeared

member of Facebook, along with so

many Met singers.(I have to be nice,because

they sneak around).

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GORGEOUS rich mezzo...Barbara Dever.

I want more of you to know about singers

who are not as well-known as they should be..she is wonderful...

Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

More from my buddy,Ta'u!!!!!

Glad he has a turntable so he can

RAID my unplayed LP's...………………….

Category:general -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

Happy Birthday to a guy I "discovered"

Ta'u Pupu'a...Former football star

who NEVER sang a role until our

Rigoletto,and I flipped!

Ta'u thought a passaggio was an

Italian dish...no kidding!!!!!!!

Great guy!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

I TOLD Sam to teach Sam.Jr. Mefistofele

but the kid likes Jay-Z!!! Vergogna!!!!

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

  Hope my favorite singer feels better

  after some laryngitis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

But I am tired of a tenor singing baritone..it

is a "gimmick."...even though we are both Jan.21

babies...……Sorry, Placido.

 

Category:general -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

Lots of "stuff" but love it......

Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

My beloved friend....40 yrs...………………..

Category:general -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Wants to do heavy stuff..Oh well.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm EDT

Get the stopwatch!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm EDT

  But who knows her???????????????????

Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

test

Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

Janet Baker...GREAT lady...8/21/1933!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Gianna Rolandi  8/16/51...….NOTHING funnier

in all my opera life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

Imagine..Magda once was told, "Don't quit your day job!!!"

 

 

LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm EDT

Happy Birthday to a sweet guy, and glad

he is feeling batter after an illness.

He is a great talent and what a gorgeous 

family.....flown in suddenly to replace

Giordani a few years ago..HUGE success.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

Leon Nucci continues his fabulous career!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

After mom died, I started to sing again..I cannot read music but I did listen a lot to Corena.

Hope you do not mind my ego!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:22am EDT

Give the kid a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:19am EDT

When Ashley Putnam made City Opera

debut, some lady in the audience did

this. I told Henry Price said, "I was there."

He said, "ME TOO!!!"

 

Category:general -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

Great man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  GORGEOUS VOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

And Weikl born a few days earlier in 1942

Category:general -- posted at: 12:08am EDT

When I would sing (lower key) "Dein ist mein ganzes herz" ma liked Gedda more...Why?

Today she would like Piotr more!

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v

They bought out Piotr's contracts

elsewhere so he could do this. He is an electrician.

I always said he was a live wire!!!!  BUT No RATS?????

Category:general -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

  One of the most gorgeous voices EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

   Still a great sound..and did the opera live. I'll take it 

any day.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

 

I saw one of his few Manricos. This is

dubbed but still you get the idea.

 

  I am staying with videos.The audio stuff is

a problem.  OK????   Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

 Mario did guest Lescaut a year before "official" Met debut.

You hear what he was...not s Gerard Souzay!!!!

  We went nuts over this great man!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

Hey, Mario.I was there in 1958 when you

RAN out of the tent on "Trahison." You KNEW 

it was a broadcast so you sang to the mikes!

The two of them looked better than Victor Mature

and Hedy Lamar.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm EDT

   First singer I ever saw (1951)…..first of 40 times.

I recall "white teeth" coming toward me in Aida,

my first opera ever.  He was a GOD!!!!!!!!

Huge voice from bottom to top.A "bronze column of

sound"..Unforgettable man!  Came out stage door

once and said, "Hello,boys" in my poor ear. I

never recovered!!!!!

 

Category:general -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT

   I hate "dubbed" but what greatness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

Our new hero!!!! Camarena is now "King of the bises."

He is something extraordinary in our opera world.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:28pm EDT

Sorry Zinka and Renata,....Antonietta Stella

1956 Met debut still remains my great

favorite.Big,luscious voice..ADORE!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

  I had only heard Caruso do this aria

and suddenly here is my beloved

favorite singer, Piotr Beczala, doing

it. This guy thrills me more than

his idol,Nicolai Gedda. Before he

did his first Lohengrin,I did give

him the CD set of Gedda's only one.

Very few singers today remind me of

my "Golden Age" from my youth.

 

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But WHY did he decide to RUIN one

of the greatest voices of the century??

He started to "open" the top too

low...Perche?He was  GOD when

in his prime!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

I was there when Licia (at 57) kissed the

Met stage after her aria. She was born 7/22/09.

Died at 105. I walked with tiny Licia at a

Soviero affair..Like walking with history.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Sweetest thing anyone could

say to me. Alagna said, "I can

see in your eyes how you love

music!"    

Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

Asian lands produce greatness. The

Loge especially...but all of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

This type of emotion is UNKNOWN today

for the most part...…………………...

 

Category:general -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

  Come on, Enrico...why didn't you

  want to sing with him??? This is

  UNREAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm EDT

Along with the Rosenkavalier trio,

this for me is the most SUBLIME

opera scene...just the way Jones

WALKS at 7:00 makes me cry a river!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

  This wonderful man died onstage 

at only 51.(I saw Warren die on stage

at 49). I can see,from 1957, how Martha

Moedl sank into his arms in Walkure.

Wonderful Wozzeck(excellent English.)

Warem voice and great artist.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:14pm EDT

  Makes me CRAZY!!!!!!   NO ONE comes

   close..note the "I" vowel"

Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

King of the BIS....Not BEAST,like someone

I will not mention...……….

Category:general -- posted at: 5:56pm EDT

  Emerging as a PHENOMENON!!!!!!!

   Absolutamente INCREIBLE!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

RARE today!!!!! Such emotion and love!!

Should be more famous!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

  When I "discovered" Diana in 1977,

 I felt she was reminiscent of the

Tebaldi days. We have been close friends

ever since, and my frustration is that

she should be way up there as to

"famous" divas...but that's life. She 

and Alberto Cupido are superb

here. I hope you enjoy them.

  Diana is a renowned teacher, and the voice 

is still there!  So happy to have known her.

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

One of the greats.Not everyone

can beat alcoholism and sustain

a fabulous career!!! Adored!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

BREATHTAKING BELOVED!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:05pm EDT

  Getting to chat with this great new guy..Hope he makes it....

Category:general -- posted at: 7:05pm EDT

Great young guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  Back to the Met at 72!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:39am EDT

I saw a recital at 77....realized

Pavarottti "phoned it in."

Category:general -- posted at: 4:36am EDT

  7/13/24...Carlo Bergonzi.Did we

  take him for granted? a GOD!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:32am EDT


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