Live Highlights from the Ring,Vienna 1933-1941

Live excerpts from the Ring as performed in Vienna between
1933 and 1941. Artists featured are:

  Set Svanholm, Franz Voelker, Maria Jeritza, Friedrich Schorr,
  Gertrude Kappel, and Hilde Konetzni

        PHOTO:  Maria Jeritza

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

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40th Anniversary of Zinka Milanov's Retirement April 13!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost forgot...40 years ago today,the greatest singer I ever heard live, Zinka Milanov, retired with an Andrea Chenier. She did sing the final Chenier duet with Richard Tucker at the Met Gala closing of the old house on April 16, but Apr.13 was her official retirement date.
On that occasion,the 87th time I saw her live,the voice was as clear and fresh as it was when I first saw her. Yes,the tears came,not only among us, but she could barely speak,and when I listen to her emotional (and very short) farewell speech,those memories return.
On May 17th,we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth,and the book should be out that month also. As much as I thrilled to her singing so often,she really contributed to my not having a great average in college,but
I would do it the same way if I had the time machine running.
When you are a teenage opera lover and someone "bigger-than-life' comes along..you never forget...and she was the one who helped to
bring me so much joy for so long. God Bless You, my Zeeeenka...I bet
today you are singing your "Pace" just as well as ever (with Rosa looking on with envy!!!!!!)

With greatest affection,

Charlie
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Meta Seinemeyer (1895-1928)

Meta Seinemeyer,who passed away at only age 33, was one of the truly magnificent sopranos of her era. What a pity she never lived to thrill even more audiences throughout the opera world.

The arias are from La Boheme, Andrea Chenier, Tosca, Der Freischutz, Manon Lescaut, and Tristan und Isolde.

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Oh! That "Di Quella Pira!!!"

 A comparison of twelve famous tenors singing this exciting aria:

          Roswaenge,Zenatello,Cortis,
        Filippeschi,O'Sullivan,Escalais,
               Pertile,Schmidt,Lazaro
                   Gigli, De Muro
                       Lauri-Volpi

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EMI Artists

        A pot-pourri of 15 artists who recorded for EMI:

Gedda,Alagna,Vanzo,Pavarotti,Kraus,Crespin,Cotrubas,
Sills,Dimitrova,Caballe ,Moser,Scotto,Bacquier,Van Dam,Baltsa
                                      

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Famous Artists Who Sang at La Scala

 A selection of 18 truly marvelous artists who performed at La Scala between 1880 and 1940:

         De Lucia,Sobinov,Bonci,Vinas,
         De Angelis,Pasero,Spani, Masini,
         Anselmi,Boninsegna,  
         Escalais,Zamboni,De Muro,
         Dalla Rizza,De Hidalgo,
         Pampanini,Cobelli,
                Sammarco                    

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Direct download: 2006-04-11-09-11-23.mp3
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Fifteen Delicious Divas A pot-pourri of fifteen famous sopranos. They include:

Magda Olivero, Gianna Arangi-Lombardi, Mafalda Favero, Ninon Vallin, Bidu Sayao, Eva Turner, Ljuba Welitsch, Rosetta Pampanini, Germaine Lubin, Claudia Muzio, Elizabeth Grummer, Martha Moedl, Rosa Ponselle, Licia Albanese, and Gina Cigna (w.Cloe Elmo).
Direct download: 2006-04-10-02-09-05.mp3
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Sempre Libera Divas

I think you will really have a great time with these 16 famous Violettas,especially the last one in the bunch. Remember, I am not posting the names here in case you wish to test yourself or some others.(Photo: Diana Soviero)
Bonus: a video of Anna Moffo singing the first act aria from "La traviata."

Direct download: 2006-04-09-21-12-39.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

A Collector's Flying Dutchman

  Many exciting renditions of material from the great work. I hope you enjoy the selections I have included.

               Melchior
               Voelker
               Flagstad
               Tebaldi

 

 

Direct download: 2006-04-09-15-02-17.mp3
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"Nessun Dorma" Collection

Listen to this glorious aria as sung by ten famous tenors:

         (I am not naming them here so that you might use the podcast as a quiz for yourself or others)

Direct download: 2006-04-09-03-19-01.mp3
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