Diana Soviero,The Last Verismo Diva

Diana Soviero, considered one of the greatest "Verismo Divas" in recent years, following in the tradition of Claudia Muzio, Mafalda Favero,
Virginia Zeani, and Magda Olivero, is heard in selections from:

Tosca,Adriana,Butterfly,Risurrezione,Fedora, Andrea Chenier,
Pearl Fishers, Mefistofele, Gloria, The Leoncavallo Boheme,
Romeo et Juliette, and La Traviata.

I had to crack up tonight because I had Diana listen to some of this podcast while we were on the phone...What was funny is that she kept saying, "Did I do that??" She is just such fun and hope to get your comments on the singing.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:17pm EST

The Russians are coming!!!!!!!!

 Exploring the art of some of the famous Russian artists
 of past and present;included are such names as:

Petrov, Koslovsky, Nelepp, Sobinov, Smirnov,
Dolukhanova, Nezhdanova, Lisitsian, Lemeshev
Sibiriakov, Guryakova, Aleksashkin, Gedda,
Borodina, and Hvorostovsky (photo
).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:29am EST

 Never Trash Adriana Lecouvreur!!

   A series of scenes from Cilea's opera,including a little
    guessing game.Artists featured are:

Magda Olivero, Diana Soviero, Leyla Gencer, 
Placido Domingo, Mafalda Favero, Beniamino Gigli,
Dolora Zajick, Renata Tebaldi, Marcello Giordani,
Aprile Millo, Giacomo Aragall,
Franco Corelli, Giuseppe Taddei, Regina Resnik,
and some
"surprise guests!!"

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

Singers Who Express Great Emotion

 A collection of various artists who have expressed great
emotion in their vocalism. They include:

Mafalda Favero, Claudia Muzio, Lotte Lehmann 
Martha Moedl, Maria Callas, Bidu Sayao, 
 Licia Albanese, Magda Olivero, Tito Gobbi,
Enrico Caruso, Virginia Zeani (photo as Aida), and Richard Tauber

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:43pm EST

"Not -to-neglect the bassos!"

Selections by some of the famous bassos of past and present:

 Nazareno de Angelis, Mark Reizen, Ivar Andresen, 
 Gottlob Frick, Ludwig Weber,  
 Tancredi Pasero, Alexander Kipnis, Adamo Didur, 
   Ezio Pinza, Herbet Alsen,Cesare Siepi, Norman Treigle, 
Rene Pape, Samuel Ramey, and an oddity as sung by
Capiton Zaporojetz

Photo:Ezio Pinza as Don Giovanni  

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49am EST

In Memory of Leonard Warren: Apr.21,1911-Mar.4, 1960

  In memory of the remarkable American baritone,Leonard Warren,
  born this day in 1911, I present a selection of arias and scenes
  from Aida, Forza, Ernani, Macbeth, Pagliacci, Andrea Chenier,
  Barbiere,Tales of Hoffmann,Tannhauser,Faust,Rigoletto,
   and Simon Boccanegra.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46am EST

The Beloved Renata Tebaldi

   I just wanted to stop a moment and think of someone who was the darling of all of us in the olden days at the Met. We were teens just turning on to opera, and Renata Tebaldi made our lives so very joyous; those of us who remember her on and off stage will never forget her. Her performances were truly "events." She remained every night and signed every single program,even in freezing weather.
     She "adopted" us so to speak and as the years passed,I never failed to wish her a happy birthday,until the very last year of her life. You know, I just cannot bring myself to remove her telephone number from my address/phone directory. I think it will stay there as long as I live!
     I hope this little tribute is not too saccharine and/or pretentious, and if you feel it is,just let me know..it is just that I wanted to remember her with all my love and affection.

P.S. This 1955 photo was taken at one of our huge affairs for her. She said to me, "Dammi il braccio,mio piccinO," and I responded, "Obbedisco,signorA," and happily someone snapped the photo.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:10am EST

A Cavalleria Rusticana Pot-pourri

 I am repeating my Cavalleria podcast,since there had been
a glitch in the original. Many exciting selections from Mascagni's
great work featuring such artists as:

Regina Resnik, Zinka Milanov,Giannina Arangi-Lombardi,
Astrid Varnay, Leonie Rysanek, Marisa Galvany,
Lina Bruna-Rasa, Aase Nordmo-Loevberg, Eileen Farrell,
Giulietta Simionato, Franco Corelli, Jussi Bjoerling,
Alain Vanzo,Richard Tucker,Hans Hopf,Placido Domingo,
Afro Poli, and Heddle Nash.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:42pm EST

A Collector's Macbeth

  :

 A marvelous pot-pourri (if a bit lengthy) of material
 from Verdi's great opera,mostly live,but a few are
 from commercial recordings.Artists include:

Shirley Verrett, Elena Suliotis, Lauren Flanigan, Leyla Gencer ,
Julia Varady, Birgit Nilsson, Christa Ludwig,
Rita Hunter, Maria Callas, Leonard Warren, Enrico Caruso,
Enzo Mascherini, Piero Cappuccilli, Giorgio Tozzi, and Nicolai Ghiaurov

PHOTO: The late Elena Suliotis as Lady Macbeth

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:45pm EST

Squillante tenors-Volume One

An exciting compilation of arias by  
  tenors from an era in which the "squillo" (ring)   
in the voice was so common. The tenors included are:

Giovanni Zenatello, Jose Palet, Mario Gilion, Francisco Vinas,
Isidoro Fagoaga, Antonio Cortis, Piero Pauli, Antonio Paoli,
Mario Filippeschi, John O'Sullivan, Miguel Villabella, and
     Leonce Escalais (in photo) 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:25pm EST


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