I do believe there was a "Golden Age."(Part One)

Here are 21 great artists of the past,all on commercial recordings. I
sincerely hope you enjoy them and will "turn on" to some of the
less familiar voices:

Emma Calve(pictured), Rosa Ponselle, Mafalda Favero, Tito Schipa,
Beniamino Gigli, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Alfred Piccaver,
Erna Berger, Tiana Lemnitz, Selma Kurz, Gilda Dalla Rizza,
Lauritz Melchior, Bernardo de Muro, Adamo Didur, Lawrence Tibbett,
Titta Ruffo, Heinrich Schlusnus, John McCormack,Emmy Destinn,
Luisa Tetrazzini,Frances Alda.

                                        (79 minutes)

...and a special note of thanks for your wonderful responses to these,my
  "labors of love." Our average audience is now over 900!!!
!

Direct download: 2007-08-13-16-36-40.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:56pm EDT

The AIDA Triumphal Scene Compilation

   A podcast of 16 Aida act two finales,, featuring some of the greatest
    artists who participated. I hope you enjoy this!!!!

                                  (83 minutes)

                                       

Direct download: 2007-08-08-21-29-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT

Vissi d'arte QUIZ!!!

 

   If you can guess the 20 sopranos singing my favorite
   opera aria (No cheating!!), you will be permitted to
    run madly through my apartment with a giant shopping
    cart and grab whatever you wish in one minute!

        I rarely get to play anything anyway so I will
       not mind!          

  (78 minutes)

SO!  HOW DID YOU?  I HOPE YOU WILL ADD
YOUR COMMENTS AND TELL US HOW MANY
YOU GUESSED AND/OR WHICH ONES YOU LIKED MOST. I ASSUME MY COLLECTION
IS SAFE AT THE MOMENT BECAUSE NO ONE
HAS WRITTEN ME THAT YOU WILL BE
VISITING ME. (CHEATERS NOT WELCOME)

BY THE WAY...DO YOU WISH A VOLUME TWO??????

Direct download: 2007-08-02-08-49-56.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

Faust Jewel Song and Trio

 Comparison of various versions of the Jewel Song and the
final trio from Gounod's "Faust

   Photo: Renata Tebaldi as Marguerite

    (75 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-07-20-18-36-00.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

Italian Opera Live in Vienna

Live highlights from great performances in Vienna in the 1930's and 1940's. Artists include:

Bjoerling, Roswaenge,Mazaroff, Gigli, Jeritza, Lehmann, Nemeth,Schumann, Kipnis, Nikolaidi, Kiepura, Piccaver,
Sved, Runger, Nikolaidi, Voelker

                                   (58 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-07-18-13-41-36.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

American Opera Tribute

There was a glitch in the site and I could not corect my spelling of the word "sorry." I also forgot that Cheryl Studer, not Renee Fleming, is in the Susannah recording.

                                        Sincerely  Charlie

Direct download: 2007-07-16-01-07-39.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:25am EDT

    The memorial tribute to the late Regine Crespin.Selections from:

Parsifal, Aida, Walkure, Troyens, Cavalleria, Dutchman, and
                                 Les Nuits d'ete.

                             (64 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2007-07-06-20-48-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:08pm EDT

Beverly Sills:In Memoriam

  In loving memory of the late Beverly Sills, I present a tribute to her magnificent career. Selections are from:

Norma,Aida,Semele,Roberto Devereux,Coq D'Or, Maria Stuarda,
Lucia,Assedio di Corinto,Ballad of Baby Doe, Fille du Reggiment,
   
and Louise.

(84 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-07-03-00-08-52.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

Walkure from the La Puma Opera Co.

ACHTUNG!!!!!!

         If you are faint of heart and/or have digestive problems, I recommend you do NOT listen to these lowlites from a performance of Wagner's Die Walkure from the La Puma Company in the 1960's.

   Cast:   Olive Middleton (Sieglinde), Mario Leone (Wotan),
              Walter Ulrich (Siegmund), Marjorie Brown (Brunh.)
                        Conducted(?) by Ralph Zeitlin

                                   (56 glorious minutes)

Direct download: 2007-06-30-14-31-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:49pm EDT

Pour mon ame

 Eight tenors and 72 high C's in Fille du Reggiment aria:

   William Matteuzzi, Jose Sempere, Grayson Hirst,
   Marcelo Alvarez, Roberto Alagna, Alfredo Kraus
   Juan Diego Flores (pictured), Luciano Pavarotti

                            (50 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2007-06-18-09-24-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

Can you do this better???????

   I came across this lovely tenor on the internet. I am sure you
   will absolutely THRILL to the sound of his voice, especially
   the totally unique way in which he produces his top notes.

     I do recognize the aria as "Dein ist mein Ganzes Herz" from
     Lehar's lovely operetta, "The Land of Smiles," but I am
     having a slight problem figuring out  in what LANGUAGE
     this most amazing dude is singing.

       ........and you thought YOU couldn't sing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lend me a WHAT.......????????

  

Direct download: 2007-06-15-02-19-04.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:19am EDT

AZUCENA!!!

A Compilation of interpreters of the role of Azucena in Verdi's "Il Trovatore."  The podcast features:

Bruna Castagna, Ebe Stignani, Irene Minghini-Cattaneo,
Elena Nikolaidi, Regina Resnik, Cloe Elmo, Grace Bumbry,
Irene Kramarich, Dolora Zajick, Elena Obratsova,
Fiorenza Cossotto, Fedora Barbieri, (pictured) Shirley Verrett,
Giulietta Simionato, and finally, the great Sylvia Sawyer.

    Assisting artists include Leonard Warren, Franco Corelli,
    Carlo Bergonzi, Luigi Ottolini, Roberto Alagna,Gino Sarri,
    and Matteo Manuguerra.

                                 (88 minutes)
    

Direct download: 2007-06-14-17-05-39.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

Chest Voice, Volume 2

The second podcast dedicated to "chest voice." In order of
broadcast sequence, the artists are:

Olga Borodina, Elena Suliotis, Adriana Guerrini, Renata Tebaldi,
Magda Olivero, Ebe Stignani, Theresa Stich-Randall,Gina Cigna,
Marisa Galvany, Zinka Milanov, Shirley Verrett. Claudia Muzio,
Virginia Zeani, and Olive Middleton.

                                    (78 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-06-03-15-51-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

"Chest voice"  Part One

This is volume one of the "chest voice" podcasts. Here I include
such exciting artists (in proper order) as:

Luisa Tetrazzini,Emma Calve, Clara Butt, Conchita Supervia,
Eugenia Burzio, Mafalda Favero, Maria Callas and Fedora Barbieri,
Martha Moedl, Leyla Gencer, Beverly Sills, Regina Resnik,
Oralia Dominguez, Birgite Fassbaender, Rosa Ponselle,
Rita Hunter, and Lina Bruna Rasa.

                                   (74 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-06-03-13-19-44.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:41pm EDT

More Cabalettas for you!!!!

More cabalettas for you, and here, in correct order, are
the artists involved:

Merritt, Gedda, Bonisolli, Araiza, Hadley, G.Raimondi,
Carreras, Martinucci, Bergonzi, Cerquetti, Chiara,  L.Price,
Ricciarelli, Cruz-Romo, Deutekom, Galvany, MacNeil,
Ramey, Verrett.

                                 (72 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-05-27-12-56-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT

Those Cetra-Soria Stars!

My affectionate tribute to the many fine artists from the
Cetra-Soria label. Included are such artists as:

Caterina Mancini, Rosanna Carteri (in photo), Cesy Broggini,
Giuseppe Taddei, Carlo Tagliabue, Maria Caniglia,
Galliano Masini, Tancredi Pasero, Adriana Guerrini,
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Carlos Guichandut, Jose Soler, 
Renata Tebaldi, Giulietta Simionato, Mario Filippeschi.
Amedeo Berdini, Gianni Poggi, Giacinto Prandelli

                             (57 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-05-26-19-49-45.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

The Filippo/Inquisitor Scene from Don Carlo

 Seven versions of the exciting scene in Don Carlo between
 Filippo II and the Grand Inquisitor:

 Ghiaurov/Nesterenko
 Ghiaurov/Talvela
 Hann/Grosmann
 Hines/Wilderman
 Plishka/Hines
 Siepi/Hines
 Rossi-Lemeni/Neri

                                  (73 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-05-25-23-24-26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

The "Te deum" from Tosca

Seventeen baritones sing the Tosca Te Deum:

Merrill, Warren, L.Quilico, Vinay, Gobbi, Bastianini,
Schoeffler, Hann,Tibbett,Stracciari,Granforte,London
Weede, G.Guelfi, MacNeil, Silveri, Taddei

                              (75 minutes)  

Direct download: 2007-05-19-14-15-37.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

Those "mean" mezzos!

A compilation of arias and scenes as sung by famous mezzos
in roles that might be considered "mean." The "meanness"
does vary somewhat from totally horrid (Klytaemnestra) to
more "severity" (Augusta Tabor). Here they are:

Regina Resnik, Hanna Schwarz, Margarete Klose, Ebe Stignani,
Elena Obratsova, Rise Stevens, Fiorenza Cossotto, Frances Bible,
Astrid Varnay.             

NOW, BE NICE!!

(61 mintues)

PLEASE NOTE:

If you see a sick comment from a sick person named Adolf, do not worry.I delete these comments immediately. I must be doing something right!

Direct download: 2007-05-16-13-37-53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

Favorite Commercial Recordings (2)

The second volume of some of my favorite commercial
recordings,featuring:

Eileen Farrell (pictured), Jussi Bjoerling, Robert Merrill,
Lotte Lehmann, Claudia Muzio, Gottlob Frick, Ruby Helder,
Riccardo Stracciari, Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry,
Clara Butt, Enrico Caruso, Janet Baker, Herman Prey

                               (72 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-05-08-12-17-34.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

Favorite Commercial Opera recordings (1)

A Collection of  commercial recordings that are among my
personal favorites. Artists included are:

Sumi Jo (pictured), Zinka Milanov, John McCormack,
Beniamino Gigli, Claudia Novikova, Enrico Caruso,
Janet Baker, Dorothy Kirsten, Robert Merrill, Virginia Zeani,
Luisa Tetrazzini, Giusepe Anselmi, Ebe Stignani,
Cesare Siepi, Eleanor Steber, Pavel Lisitsian,
Mafalda Favero, Vassilka Petrova (I think)

                                     (84 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2007-05-07-16-42-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

Alfredo,Alfredo...

A Compilation of 16 Violettas all singing the scene that ends
the Gambling Scene of "La Traviata." Included are:

Callas,Tebaldi, Fleming, Stoyanova, Schymberg, Cotrubas,
Radvanovsky,De Los Angeles, Soviero, Galvany, Scotto,
Carteri, Zeani, Sayao, Guerrini, Albanese

                                 (77 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2007-05-06-19-34-32.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:55pm EDT

Ponto 50!

The excellent Ponto company has released their 4 CD set of many
interesting excerpts. (Number 50 in their catalogue.).These are live
scenes featuring many fine artists as follows:

Trovatore:  Renata Scotto,Louis Quilico
The Medium:  Regine Crespin
Semele: Beverly Sills
Jenufa: Gre Brouwenstijn and Frans Vroons
Salome: Lili Djanel and Tito Gobbi
Otello: Joan Sutherland and Angelo Marenzi
Manon Lescaut:  Leontyne Price
Eugen Onegin:    Margaret Price
Forza:       Julia Varady
Don Giovanni: Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson (Don't ask!
  (74 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2007-05-06-02-00-39.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:21am EDT

"Che gelida manina"  Volume Two

A compilation of 15 tenors singing the famous Boheme aria.
 Included are the following artists:

Giuseppe Anselmi,Georges Thill, Josef Schmidt, Giovanni Malipiero,
Galliano Masini, Jan Kiepura, Richard Tauber, Helge Roswaenge,
Mario Del Monaco, Mario Lanza, Franco Corelli, Alfredo Kraus,
Marcello Giordani, Richard Tucker, and Nicolai Gedda.

                                    (72 minutes)

    

 

Direct download: 2007-04-29-18-59-13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:20pm EDT

Italian Songs

A selection of Italian songs as sung by five wonderful
tenors: Gigli,Corelli,Tucker, Bergonzi,Caruso.

  I found the error,but rather than redo the narration, here are the selections,not in the correct order, as I could not recover the order,but you can get more information at least:

Gigli:Marechiare, Core'n grato,Sorrento

Corelli:  Addio a Napoli, O paese da sole,I'te vurria vasa

Tucker:  Fenesta che lucive,L'alba separa,Senza nisciuno

Bergonzi: I te vurria vasa,Sorrento, Dicitincello vuie

Caruso:  Pecche, O sole mio, Vieni sul mar, Tu che non chiagne,
Santa Lucia, L'alba separa

 (65 minutes)

             

Direct download: 2007-04-25-23-31-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

ESULTATE!!!!!!!

  For some unknown reason, my narration portion of this
 podcast could not be published, leaving you without the
 answers to the "Esultate Quiz" I had prepared. I suggest
 you might want to play the selections (listed below) for
 a friend, and let him/her guess who is who. I do not know
 why this glitch occured.

          (Maybe you can NOT LOOK BELOW!)

Tamagno, Vickers, McCracken, Ralf, Giacomini,Corelli
Di Stefano (his first and last Otello), Martinelli in 1938,
Martinelli's last Otello in 1948. three by Mario DelMonaco:
Buenos Aires 1950 (his first ever), then 1958 and 1971.
Atlantov, Domingo, Frank Porretta III, Vinay, and finally
John Frederick West.

                                 (35 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-04-22-18-45-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

Ewa Podles

 The remarkable mezzo Ewa Podles in a program of arias and
 songs. Included are five Rachmaninoff songs and arias from
 Rossini's Cenerentola, Tancredi, Maometto II, La Donna del
 Lago, Handel's Orlando and Rinaldo, Tchaikowsly's Maid of
 Orleans, and Gluck's Orfeo et Euridice.

                                   (83 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-04-13-11-14-27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

Odabella!!!!!

An exciting compilation of 12 sopranos singing the Odabella
aria and cabaletta from my personal favorite early Verdi opera,
"Attila."  Included are the following sopranos:

Marisa Galvany, Gilda Cruz-Romo, Julia Varady,
Mara Zampieri, Maria Krikorian, Caterina Mancini,
Tiziana Fabbricini, Rita Orlandi, Linda Strummer,
Antonietta Stella, Marilyn Zschau, and (in photo)
Dimitra Theodossiou.

                                         (83 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2007-04-11-23-30-50.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

Aida and Amonasro on the Nile

A comparison of some of the great Aida/Amonasro scenes
in live performances.Included are:

Milanov/Warren               Welitsch/Merrill
Callas/Taddei                   Zeani/Guelfi
Scheppan/Hotter               Stella/Guelfi
Rysanek/London              Cerquetti/Guelfi
L.Price/MacNeil                Galvany/Quilico

  Plus,as a bonus, if you can handle it, the same scene
  featuring Vassilka Petrova and Olive Middleton,but
  be sure not to eat before or during this section,
  although you may need a stiff drink.

                               (96 Minutes)

Direct download: 2007-04-08-16-45-22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

Air de la Fleur

A Comparison of 16 pretty good tenors singing the Flower Song
from Bizet's Carmen. Included are:

Georges Thill, Charles Dalmores, Fernand Ansseau,Raoul Jobin,
Richard Tucker, Nicolai Gedda, Mario Chamlee, Beniamino Gigli,
Jon Vickers, Placido Domingo, Rolando Villazon,Enrico Caruso,
Franco Corelli, Giuseppe di Stefano, Jussi Bjoerling, and
Mario del Monaco (pictured).

                                  (70 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2007-04-08-00-01-20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21am EDT

No...Pagliaccio non son!!!!

  An exciting comparison of 10 different tenors in the last scene
  of "I Pagliacci."  Included are:

Richard Tucker, Giovanni Martinelli, Franco Corelli,
Jose Carreras, Helge Roswaenge, Mario del Monaco,
Raoul Jobin, Galliano Masini, Jussi Bjoerling, and
Carlo Bergonzi.

                             (66 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-04-07-02-05-02.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:23am EDT

Hans Hotter Tribute

Opera Scenes and Lieder as sung by  the late Hans Hotter, 
 one of the most famous artists of all time.The opera excerpts are from:

 Elektra, Salome,Siegfried, Parsifal, The Flying Dutchman,  
 Pagliacci, and Don Carlo.
       The songs are by Schubert, Brahms, and Pfitzner

    (67 minutes)

        

 

Direct download: 2007-04-06-11-20-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

Wagner Singers-Part One

 From a superb 4 CD set on the Preiser Label,  20 famous Wagnerian singers:

Lotte Lehmann, Gertrude Bindernagel, Nanny Larsen-Todsen,
Maria Muller, Maria Reining, Lilly Hafgren, Karin Branzell,
Maria Olszewska,Margarete Arndt-Ober, Hans Hermann Nissen,
Alexander Kipnis, Joel Berglund, Michael Bohnen, Emil Schipper,
Heinrich Schlusnus, Set Savanholm, Gotthelf Pistor, Curt Taucher,
Erik Enderlein, Franz Voelker.

                               (83 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-03-31-16-40-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

A "Salut demeure' Compilation

I think you will enjoy these 17 tenors singing the famous aria
from Gounod's "Faust" and will be able to understand how
various tenors approach the top note, because that alone is quite interesting;of course, you might be hearing some of these artists
for the very first time, and I think you will be pleased.

Richard Tucker, Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli,
Neil Shicoff, Georges Thill,Giuseppe Di Stefano
Rolando Villazon, Nicolai Gedda, Jussi Bjoerling,
David Devries,Miguel Villabella, Lucien Muratore,
Cesar Vezzani, Alfredo Kraus, Gaston Michelettti,
Albert Lance, and Charles Rousseliere

                              (93 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-03-28-21-42-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:12pm EDT

Ferrier/Baker/Blythe

This podcast features three of the finest mezzos in opera history:

    Kathleen Ferrier       Janet Baker         Stephanie Blythe

                                 (88 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-03-26-23-22-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT

Cenerentola Finale Pot-Pourri

I had a problem with the narration for this podcast, so you will
have to live without the benefit of my voice for this one. I was
so thrilled at Joyce Di Donatos' fabulous rendition of the final
aria of Cenerentola at her recent recital, that I decided to do
a comparison of several other mezzos in this same scene. They
are as follows in order:

Ceclia Bartoli, Olga Borodina, Ewa Podles, Maria Callas,
Veselina Kasarova, Agnes Baltsa, Marilyn Horne, Conchita
Supervia, and Joyce di Donato. 

     I sincerely hope you enjoy the podcast!

                                   (68 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-03-04-14-21-49.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

Verismo Vol.2

Scenes from operas in the "Verismo Style" sung by some of
the great Italian interpreters,including:

Tito Schipa, Aureliano Pertile, Bernardo de Muro,
Beniamino Gigli, Alessandro Valente, Giuseppe Taccani,
Ferrucio Tagliavini, Riccardo Stracciari, Titta Ruffo,
Mafalda Favero, Maria Farneti, Licia Albanese,
Pia Tassinari, Gianna Pederzini, Cloe Elmo

 (73 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-03-01-01-47-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:06am EDT

The Siegfried Wanderer

An exciting and emotional scene from Act Three of "Siegfried"
as interpreted by 11 different baritones: (Conductor listed also)

Friedrich Schorr (Heger)            Mikhail Kit (Gergiev)
Albert Dohmen  (Thielemann)    Allan Titus   (Fischer)
George London (Leinsdorf)        Robert Hale  (Sawallisch)
Hans Hotter    (Keilberth)           Ferdinand Frantz (Furtwaengler)
James Morris  (Levine)               Donald McIntyre  (Boulez)
                       Sigurd Bjoerling (Von Karajan)

                                   (56 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2007-02-24-21-53-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT

The Miraculous Magda Olivero

An affectionate tribute to the very great Magda Olivero,who
will celebrate her 97th birthday on March 25. The selections
included in this podcast range from 1940 to 1993!!

Traviata, Tosca, Risurrezione, Adriana Lecouvreur,Fedora
Fanciulla, Gianni Schicchi, Lodoletta, Jenufa, Mme.Butterfly,
La Rondine, Manon, Mefistofele,plus "O del mio amato ben."

                                    (81 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-02-24-01-29-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:52am EDT

Sieglinde in Act Two Walkure

A comparison of ten fine sopranos singing the Sieglinde
"Hallucination Scene' from Act two of Wagner's "Die Walkure."

Featured are:

             Regine Crespin, Kirsten Flagstad, Julia Varady,
             Leonie Rysanek, Astrid Varnay, Birgit Nilsson,
             Lotte Lehmann, Regina Resnik, Martha Moedl,
             Natalie Secunde.

                                 (75 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2007-02-23-14-22-42.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:43pm EDT

The Marvelous Leyla Gencer

A compilation of material as sung by Leyla Gencer, one of
the most interesting and versatile artists who never recorded
commercially, but since collectors know she is the veritable
"Queen of the Pirates," there is a wealth of material available:

Trovatore, Due Foscari, Assassino nell Catedrale, Saffo,
Gerusalemme, Roberto Devereux, Rigoletto, Belisario,
Battaglia di Legnano, Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto,
Werther, Macbeth, Idomeneo, Dialogues of the Carmelites,
Abduction from the Seraglio, Lucrezia Borgia

                                   (88 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-02-16-01-26-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:51am EDT

Eight Very Exciting Divas of the Past

Selections that feature eight of the most exciting divas of
the past. Many of them are not as well-known as I believe
they ought to be;nevertheless,their delivery is so emotional,
and their exciting voices will thrill you:

Rosa Raisa (in photo), Iris Adami-Corradetti, Hina Spani,
Eugenia Burzio, Giannina Arangi-Lombardi, Bianca Scacciati,
Rosetta Pampanini, and Celestina Boninsegna

(66 minutes)

 

 

 

 

Direct download: 2007-02-13-15-28-01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:47pm EDT

La Mamma Morta

A comparison of famous divas singing the aria "La mamma morta"
from Giordano's "Andrea Chenier."

Antonietta Stella, Renata Tebaldi, Maria Callas, Claudia Muzio,
Meta Seinemeier, Bianca Scacciati, Lina Bruna Rasa, Rose Raisa,
Regina Resnik, Raina Kabaiwanska, Gilda Cruz-Romo, Aprile Millo,
Diana Soviero, and Zinka Milanov

                                (87 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-02-04-13-09-54.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

The Manon St.Sulpice Scene

Nine versions of the Manon St.Sulpice Duet:

 Feraldy/Rogatchewsky               Sills/Gedda
 Gallardo-Domas/Sabbatini          Fleming/Giordani
 Zeani/Oncina                             Freni/Pavarotti
 De Los Angeles/Valletti              Albanese/Di Stefano
     Sayao/Rayner

     (87 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-01-26-13-32-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

The Magnificent Antonietta Stella

     I am happy to present highlights from the career of one
     of my all-time favorite artists, Antonietta Stella, who made
     such a great impression on me in her Met seasons. The operas
     represented are:

    Aida, Simon Boccanegra,Attila, Aroldo, Tosca, Don Carlo,
     Il Trovatore, Vespri Sicilani, Andrea Chenier,Luisa Miller
     Gianni Schicchi, Fanciulla del West, Mme.Butterfly

                                 (85 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-01-23-09-57-02.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

I Puritani

   Some of the most amazing singing in this pot-pourri of scenes
   from Bellini's "I Puritani." Artists include:

   Leyla Gencer, Joan Sutherland, Mariella Devia, Beverly Sills,
   Edita Gruberova, Maria Callas, Mirella Freni, Anna Moffo,
   Gianna D'Angelo, Virginia Zeani, Nicolai Gedda, Paul Plishka,
   Louis Quilico, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Luciano Pavarotti,
   Alfredo Kraus, and William Matteuzzi (and his high "F.")

(83 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-01-12-20-53-23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

Non-Germans Sing Wagner

An interesting selection of scenes from Wagner operas sung
by Non-German artists in various languages.Included are:

Mario DelMonaco, Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Nelly Melba,
Josep Palet, Francisco Vignas, Cesar Vezzani, Paul Franz,
Fernando de Lucia, Giuseppe de Luca, Mattia Battistini,
Germaine Lubin, CloeElmo, Aureliano Pertile, Edward Johnson,
Victoria de Los Angeles, Riccardo Stracciari, Emili Vendrell,
 and Ivan Koslowsky.

                              (85 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-26-00-18-57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:42am EDT

Divas of Today, Part Two

Part two of a tribute to the fine sopranos of today. Included are:

Karita Mattila(in photo), Edita Gruberova, Hei-Kyung Hong,
Krassimira Stoyanova, Olga Guryakova, Anna Netrebko,
Sumi Jo, Deborah Voigt, Rene Fleming, Natalie Dessay,
Angela Gheorghiu, and Rebecca Evans.

                  (60 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-18-14-55-46.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

Divas of Today, Part One

Part One of two in which we honor the wonderful divas of
the present generation. Included here are selections by:

Vivica Genaux, Stephanie Blythe, Elina Garanca, Dolora Zajick,
Maddalena Kozena, Susan Graham, Joyce di Donato, Judith Forst,
Olga Borodina, Vesselina Kasarova, Ewa Podlés (in photo),
Lisa Gasteen, Ruth Ann Swenson, Christina Gallardo-Domas,
and Barbara Bonney

(62 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-18-02-36-42.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:54am EDT

Si,Vendetta (Re-posted)

For some reason, my first Rigoletto "Si,vendetta" podcast
was flawed, so I am repeating it. We have 11 versions:

Cappuccilli/Bonifaccio      Quilico/Wise      MacNeil/Gencer
Tipton/Koeth                Schlusnus/Berger  MacNeil/Scotto
Campolonghi/Callas       MacNeil/Peters    Warren/Peters
Vargicova/Grundheber           Milnes/Sutherland

              (45 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-16-21-20-25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

Samson et Delilah

 Selections from the Saint-Saens opera "Samson et Delilah
 featuring many fine singers,including:

Ezio Pinza, Robert Merrill, Rise Stevens, Dolora Zajick,
Shirley Verrett, Oralia Dominguez, Rita Gorr, Christa Ludwig,
Ebe Stignani, Giulietta Simionato, Fiorenza Cossotto,
Jose Luccioni, Ramon Vinay, Jon Vickers, Robert Massard,
Rene Maison, and Richard Tucker

                                (70 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-16-00-04-15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am EDT

Great Singers for the Holidays

In the Holiday Spirit, a selection of songs featuring some
of the greatest artists in the world of music:

De Los Angeles, Schumann, Muzio, Schumann-Heink,
Onegin,Thill, Schiotz, Tucker, Kussevitsky, Robeson,
Maynor, Weede, D'Arkor, Tauber, Destinn,Gedda, Erb

                          (68 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-10-17-00-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

 20 Sopranos of the Past

An exciting pot-pourri of sopranos of the past. Featured are:

Tetrazzini (in photo), Muzio, Ponselle, Cobelli, Bruna Rasa,
Nordica, Patti, Neshdanova, Kurz, Hempel, Galvany, Jokl,
Poli-Randaccio, Spani, Leider, Ljungberg, Austral, Scuderi,
Arangi-Lombardi, De Hidalgo

                                    (84 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2006-12-10-01-42-50.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:11am EDT

A Tribute to the Great Richard Tucker

    Many selections in honor of  Richard Tucker, for me, the
    greatest tenor I ever heard in live performance.

Andrea Chenier, Fanciulla Del West, Forza del Destino
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, Ballo in Maschera,
Floridante, La Juive, Turandot, Tosca, Luisa Miller,
Manon Lescaut, Trovatore, and songs.

                              (75 minutes)

                         

Direct download: 2006-12-04-13-46-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:08pm EDT

Callas and Tebaldi Compared

Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi, two of the greatest divas
who ever graced an opera stage, singing the same material
as a point of friendly comparison. Selections are from:

La Gioconda, Aida, Louise, Tosca, Mme.Butterfly,
 Tristan und Isolde,  and Andrea Chenier.

                                    (102 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-11-21-00-03-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

Famous Artists Who Sang at Salzburg

There have been many great artists who appeared at the
Salzburg Festival in the 30's and 40's, and in other theatres.
Here is a pot-piurri that will present some of them to you.

Tiana Lemnitz,Lotte Lehmann, Maria Reining, Charles Kullmann, Koloman Von Pataky, Sigrid Onegin,Marcel Wittrisch,
Alexander Kipnis, Michael Bohnen, Ludwig Weber,
Selma Kurz, Julius Patzak, Hans Hotter, Dino Borgioli,
Maria Cebotari, Ljuba Welitsch, Set Svanholm, and
Alfred Piccaver.

                              (80 minutes)

 

 

Direct download: 2006-11-11-22-57-59.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT

The Men in Verdi Operas

Let us give the men a chance! I am so "diva-oriented" I tend
to forget that there is an incredible array of male artists who thrill us. Here are some scenes from Verdi operas featuring:

Richard Tucker, Leonard Warren, Robert Merrill, Jussi Bjoerling,
Samuel Ramey, Thomas Hampson, Cornell MacNeil, Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Giorgio Tozzi, Ezio Flagello,
Sherrill Milnes, Karl Ridderbusch, Carlo Tagliabue, Galliano Masini,
Mario del Monaco, Helge Roswaenge, Heinrich Schlusnus,
Ettore Bastianini,Jerome Hines

                                    (55 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-11-11-13-12-31.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

A Special Tribute to Marcello Giordani, a Great Tenor

  On occasion, even a jaded opera lover like me finds joy
  in discovering a great voice. I find that Signor Giordani
  is one of the great singers in my opera-going experience
  and I am pleased to present live scenes from various operas
  that feature him:

Favorita, Manon, Romeo ,Huguenots, Gioconda, Ballo,
William Tell(with a BIS!!), Adriana Lecouvreur.

                             (85 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-11-09-12-16-33.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

 Che tua madre

 

A comparison (quiz) of 13 sopranos singing the heartbeaking
second act scene "Che tua madre" from Puccini's Mme.Butterfly.

                                 (54 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-11-04-17-20-55.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:35pm EDT

The Norma Act One Trio

A comparison of 14 renditions of the trio from act one of
 Bellini's Norma, featuring :

Callas, Sills, Cigna, Milanov, Hunter, Cerquetti, Deutekom,
Galvany,Goerke, Flanigan, Scotto, and Suliotis

                             (60 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2006-10-30-18-38-53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

Attila for Collectors

Selections from Charlie's favorite early Verdi opera.

In the Attila compilation, the following artists are featured:

Gilda Cruz-Romo, Mara Zampieri, Caterina Mancini, Rita Orlandi, Lauren Flanigan, Elizabeth Rethberg,Marisa Galvany,Julia Varady,
Antonietta Stella, Igor Gorin, Piero Cappuccilli,Vladimir Chernov,
Nicolai Ghiaurov, Ezio Pinza, Gianfranco Cecchele,Beniamino Gigli,
Enrico di Giuseppe, Francisco Casanova,Sam Ramey (in photo)

                                (77 minutes) 

Direct download: 2006-10-13-15-33-59.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

 The Rosenkavalier Trio

A pot-pourri of 12 different renditions of the famous
final trio from Strauss' sublime "Der Rosenkavalier."

Selections are announced on the podcast for your edification.

Artists include:  Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Viorica Ursuleac,
 Regine Crespin, Lotte Lehmann, Eleanor Steber,  Helge Dernesch, Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Grummer, Lisa della Casa (in all three roles),
Gundula Janowitz, Elizabeth Soederstrom, Rise Stevens,
Sena Jurinac, Tiana Lemnitz, Susan Graham, Frances Bible,
Jarmila Novotna, Birgitte Fassbaender, Erna Berger, Lucia Popp,
Hilde Gueden, Marita Farell, Judith Raskin, Anne Elgar,
Ileana Cotrubas, Anneliese Rothenberger, and Barbara Bonney

                               (74 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2006-10-06-14-06-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

Boris is Good Enuff!!!!!

WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This podcast features scenes from Mussorgsky's great work,
     "Boris Godunov." The artists include:

Cesare Siepi, George London, Norman Treigle, Sam Ramey,
Alexander Kipnis, Ludwig Weber, Mark Reizen, Ezio Pinza,
Martha Moedl, Eugenia Zareska, Kerstin Thorborg,
Nicolai Gedda, Leonard Warren, and Benno Kusche

 

Direct download: 2006-10-05-10-40-00.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Handelmania : Una Furtiva has been REPAIRED!!!!!!

  THEY FIXED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   Let me know if the "Una Furtiva" quiz sounds all right. I published it in a different speed,and want to make sure it is still fine as to sound.

                       I missed you...but those things occur!!!!!!!!

                                       My best  Charlie

Direct download: 2006-10-04-10-42-07.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

 "D'Amor sull'ali rosee" Comparison

 

   A comparison of 12 sopranos singing the great aria,

    "D'amor sull'ali rosee" from Il Trovatore

               (75 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-09-17-19-02-44.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:40pm EDT

25 More Di Quella Piras

Another  comparison of the aria "Di quella pira," as a quiz for you to guess at least some of them. The photo is of the great Kurt Baum as Enzo. Dig those legs!

(58 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-09-13-18-31-48.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:03pm EDT

Die Frau Ohne Schatten, a great opera!

Scenes from the magnificent Richard Strauss opera,featuring
Leonie Rysanek, Birgit Nilsson,  Ingrid Bjoener, Sabine Hass,
James King, Irene Dalis, Regina Resnik, Christa Ludwig,
Placido Domingo, Inge Borkh, Hildegard Hillebrecht,
Franz Grundheber, Walter Berry, Hanna Schwarz,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Eleanor Steber

   (68 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-09-07-15-45-44.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

"Come Scoglio"

 

  A Comparison of 11 sopranos singing "COME SCOGLIO"
from Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte."

I am not listing the names below,since some listeners wish to try to guess them from the podcast.

 (68 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2006-09-06-23-02-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT

A Birthday tribute to Jose Van Dam (8/25/40)

 An affectionate birthday tribute to Jose Van Dam,
 one of the world's most versatile and truly superb
 artists. Selections include music by:

Verdi, Wagner, Mozart, Mahler, Schumann,
             Bizet, Ibert, R.Strauss
  

(74 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-23-01-58-27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:25am EDT

Janet Baker Birthday Tribute

 

 Janet Baker,one of the world's greatest artists, was
 born on August 21, 1933. I present a tribute to her
 featuring songs and arias by Handel, Mozart, Pergolesi,
 Schubert, Donizetti, Wagner, and Elgar.

(43 minutes)

BY THE WAY; PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT ON YOUTUBE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61qq0V73ehQ                            

Direct download: 2006-08-21-17-46-59.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

Famous German and Viennese Singers

A Collection of famous German (and Viennese) artists:

Julius Patzak, Leo Slezak, Franz Voelker,Margarete Klose,
Maria Olszewska, Karen Branzell, Wilhelm Rode,
Emil Scipper, Hans Hotter, Heinrich Schlusnus,
Michael Bohnen, Georg Hann, Hilde Gueden,
Frida Leider, Erna Berger, Tiana Lemnitz,
Maria Cebotari.

(78 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-21-12-13-54.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

"Amor ti Vieta" with 15 tenors.

A comparison, in the form of a quiz, of 15 tenors singing
the aria "Amor ti vieta" from Umberto Giordano's "Fedora."

You might enjoy using this podcast for an opera party in
order to test your fellow opera buddies!

       (44 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-15-00-59-49.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:24am EDT

Six Tenors' Birthdays

A Birthday Tribute to Six Famous Tenors    

Leon Escalais     8/8/1859
Cesare Vezzani   8/8/1886
Ferruccio Tagliavini   8/14/13
Leo Slezak           8/18/1873
Helge Roswaenge  8/29/1897
Ramon Vinay        8/31/1911

(57 Minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-10-01-29-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:50am EDT

Operatic Doctors

Selections from operas where a doctor (or a so-called doctor) 
is involved in the action. Operas include:

Elisir d"amore, Macbeth, Forza del Destino, Traviata
Don Pasquale, Barbiere di Siviglia, Gianni Schicchi,
Cosi Fan Tutte, Wozzeck Nozze di Figaro, Vanessa
Tales of Hoffmann. 

(64 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-06-17-08-33.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:33pm EDT

Golden Moments in Puccini Operas

Giacomo Puccini was a composer whose operas tugged at our heartstrings. There are so many emotional moments in his works,and here I include one scene from each of his operas,featuring:

Renata Scotto(in photo), Diana Soviero, Renata Tebaldi,
Virginia Zeani, Julia Varady, Krassimira Stoyanova,
Beverly Sills, Christina Gallardo-Domas, Magda Olivero,
Leontyne Price, Dorothy Kirsten, Richard Tucker,
Placido Domingo, Jerry Hadley, and Giovanni Inghilleri

(72 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-05-19-43-35.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT

Klose-Reining-Janowitz Birthdays

A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO THREE  MARVELOUS ARTISTS:

Maria Reining                  Born 8/7/03

Gundula Janowitz            Born 8/2/37

Margarete Klose (photo)   Born 8/7/1899

 

                           (43 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-03-10-03-28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

Golden Moments,Part One

 

Some of the most affecting scenes from various operas:

Walkure, Siegfried, Peter Grimes, Nozze di Figaro,
Saint of Bleecker Street, Elektra, Rosenkavalier,
Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Ariadne, Arabella,
Parsifal, and Porgy and Bess

(69 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-30-01-15-53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:54am EDT

July Birthdays-4

Birthday tributes to four wonderful artists:

Apollo Granforte         7/29/1886

Ludwig Weber  (in photo)    7/29/1899

Gottlob Frick               7/28/06

Olga Borodina              7/29/63

                               (68 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-28-08-37-16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

Mario Del Monaco tribute on his Birthday  7/27/15

 

A birthday tribute to the very great tenor, Mario del Monaco.
Included are selections from:

Aida, Carmen, Ernani, Andrea Chenier, Otello, Pagliacci,
Fanciulla, Turandot, Il Tabarro, Macbeth.

                                 (62 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-27-14-51-53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

C'est MAGNIFIQUE!!!   Regine Crespin.

 

A tribute to the magnificent Regine Crespin, one of the
finest divas in opera history. Selections from:

Walkure, Aida, Hoffmann, Dutchman, Troyens,
Carmen, Tosca, and several songs
 

(75 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-26-23-54-44.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

FIFTEEN DIVAS

FIFTEEN DIVAS:

Eugenia Burzio, Olympia Boronat, Maria Nemeth,
Dusolina Giannini, Germaine Martinelli, Rosetta Pampanini
Margarete Teschemacher, Gertrude Grob-Prandl,
Claudia Novikova, Rosanna Carteri, Ellen Faull,
Luisa Maragliano, Lois Marshall, Irene Jordan,
and Rebecca Evans

                           (57 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-26-06-23-47.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:55am EDT

Less-familiar Puccini Material

A podcast dedicated to some of the somewhat lesser-known Puccini
material. It includes some songs, a cantata for tenor, orchestral music,
and arias from Rondine,Edgar, Le Villi, and La Rondine, plus the
Berio ending from Turandot.

   (Photo: Puccini statue at Lucca)         (64 min.)

Direct download: 2006-07-25-08-34-41.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

Lucrezia Borgia

 

A series of scenes and arias from Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia,"
featuring some very fine artists such as:

Leyla Gencer, Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, Mariella Devia,
Clara Butt, Tatiana Troyanos, Montserrat Caballe, Alain Vanzo,
Giuseppe Filianoti, Gaetano Scano, Jose Carreras, and
Bonaldo Giaiotti.

                              (52 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-22-21-37-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

Birthdays for July ( No.3)

 A Happy Birthday tribute to Three Great Artists:

Herman Uhde  (July 20, 1914)

Licia Albanese  (July 2, 1913)

Susan Graham  (July 23, 1960)

Giuseppe Di Stefano  (July 24, 1921)

                             (77 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-20-10-25-30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:08am EDT

VERISMO!!!

Scenes from mostly lesser-known operas in the "Verismo" style:

Iris, Risurrezione, L'Amico Fritz, Piccolo Marat, Gloria,
Loreley, Francesca da Rimini, L'Amore de Tre Re,
and the Leoncavallo Boheme.

 ( 72 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-19-18-52-28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

OVER THE TOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A collection of material that illustrates how opera singers can sometimes
become so in love with their own voices, that they forget that the
composers would sock them in the mouth if they were alive.

 Also included are some rather delusional people who have cracked up
 even the most serious opera enthusiast.

Whether you like it or not, you cannot say this boring!!!!!!

PHOTO:  Tim Rogerson's painting, "Over the Top."

                                  (71 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-17-17-47-49.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

A Birthday Tribute to the Great Eleanor Steber (Born July 17, 1914)

Arias as sung by the very great Eleanor Steber on the occasion
of her birthday. Selections from:

Frau, Ernani, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Tosca,
Seraglio, Arabella, The Telephone, Mignon, Idomeneo,
and the "Alleluja" from the Esultate Jubilate

(55 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-15-21-14-25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:44pm EDT

"M'ami..m'ami!"  The Ballo Duet

An exciting comparison podcast of various artists in
 the love duet from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera."

 

Callas/Di Stefano                   Welitsch/Picchi
Castellani/Del Monaco            Milanov/Bjoerling
Nilsson/Tucker                      Crespin/Bergonzi
***Galvany/Molese

                               (76 minutes)

*** You have expressed interest in Galvany..so go to my Youtube site and see more Nabucco!!

                   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAniKAKLw4c


Direct download: 2006-07-12-21-31-46.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

July Birthdays- Part two

Our second podcast dedicated to artists who celebrate birthdays
in the month of July:

July 11: 

            Mattiwilda Dobbs (1925)
            Nicolai Gedda  (1925) (in photo)
            Ludmilla Dvorakova (1923)
            Herman Prey     (1929)
            Ebe Stignani  (1903)

July 12:

            Kirsten Flagstad  (1895)
            Gloria Lane   (1925)

                                    (71 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-10-17-57-40.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

The Aida Judgement Scene, Part One

Ten versions of the finale of the exciting Aida "Judgement Scene."

The artists featured include:

Giulietta Simionato (in photo), Fedora Barbieri, Rita Gorr,
Elena Obratsova, Marisa Galvany, Fiorenza Cossotto,
Barbro Ericson, Oralia Dominguez, Bruna Castagna,
Shirley Verrett.

(83 chesty minutes)

 

Direct download: 2006-07-08-02-03-41.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:49am EDT

Some Marvelous Verdi Trios

   A podcast dedicated to the great trios written by the Master,
   Giuseppe Verdi. I include trios from:

  Aida, Trovatore, I Lombardi and Jerusaleme, Attila, Nabucco,
   Don Carlo, Luisa Miller, Simon Boccanegra, Ernani, and
   La Forza del Destino.

                            (Not a bad "trio" in the photo.)

                                      60 minutes

Direct download: 2006-07-06-21-58-23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:29pm EDT

You vant Petrova?? Vell, you got her!!!!

 I just spoke to Zinka, who vishes you a happy Fourth of July, and she vants to tell you that since she is coaching Vassilka Petrova (I think she is dead)...Vell, she vants to see if it helped...So here are two arias she just recorded.

          Let me know your comments so I can tell her if she is a good teacher up there (or down there...) 

(8 delusional minutes of pleasure)

P.S. Birgit got very angry at me when I told her I spliced in the great Petrova high unnatural B that ends "La Mamma Morta' into her "In questa reggia." (I will someday podcast it)

Direct download: 2006-07-03-22-19-35.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:22pm EDT

A Truly Remarkable Performance of Janacek's "Jenufa."

   The Carnegie Hall audience goes totally ballistic at this
   1988 OONY performance of Jenufa, starring the amazing
   Leonie Rysanek, Gabriella Benackova, and Wieslaw Ochman

 (44 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-02-17-48-53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

July Birthdays (Part One)

Celebration of the birthdays of some important artists:

Peter Anders  7/1/08     Bianca Scaciatti  7/3/1894
Birgitte Fassbaender  7/3/39 Herman Jadlowker 7/5/1877
Willy Treffner  7/5/03  Matti Salminen 7/7/45
Eberhard Waechter 7/9/29  Sergei Lemeshev 7/10/02
Josephine Veasey 7/10/30  Ljuba Welitsch(photo) 7/10/13

(53 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-01-02-33-23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:02am EDT

The Beloved Olive Middleton in Adriana Lecouvreur

What true opera lover can resist our darling Olive Middleton,
a cult figure at New York's (in)famous La Puma Opera in the 60's.( the 1960's).   So what if she sang about three tones flat and had no teeth? She was adored,as you will hear on this brief (Thank GOD) podcast
 

 (15 glorious minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-30-00-45-56.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53am EDT

Dorothy Kirsten Tribute. She was born on July 6, 1910

  When Dorothy Kirsten passed away in 1992, we learned
  she was actually about 9 years older than originally believed.
   This is even more amazing,considering how fresh and clear
   she sounded in 1974 and beyond.

The selections are from:  Thais, Fanciulla, Rondine, Butterfly,
 Louise, Tosca,La Rondine and she also sings Gershwin's
 "Someone To Watch Over  Me." Kirsten had an uncanny
  ability NOT to sound 'operatic' in pop music!

   (38 minutes)

    

Direct download: 2006-06-29-17-31-55.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:53pm EDT

Twelve Wonderful Baritones

 

Selections by 12 famous baritones:

Robert Merrill, Hugo Hasslo, Gabriel Bacquier,
Theodore Uppman, Heinrich Schlusnus,
Giuseppe Danise, Ettore Bastianini,Igor Gorin,
Mattia Battistini, John Charles Thomas,
Riccardo Stracciari, Pavel Lisitsian (in photo)
(50 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-29-13-25-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:52pm EDT

Some famous Divas

Arias sung by 15 famous divas of the recent past:

Montserrat Caballe, Arlene Auger, Maria Callas,
Kiri Te Kanawa, Virginia Zeani, Eda Moser,
Maria Chiara, Regine Crespin, Renata Scotto,
Catherine Malfitano, Margaret Price,Rene Fleming,
Anita Cerquetti, Pilar Lorengar,Ileana Cotrubas 

(73 minutes)

 

Direct download: 2006-06-29-00-55-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:38am EDT

A Birthday Tribute to Luisa Tetrazzini,born June 29,1871

 Arias as sung by one of the greatest divas in opera history.

  Included are arias from Traviata, Ballo, Sonnambula,
  Les Huguenots, La Perle du Bresil, Semiramide, Vespri,
  Rosalinda (Veracini), and the Proch Variations.
 

                                   (37 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-26-22-27-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

The Great Diva, Martha Moedl

   Opera Scenes featuring the great Martha Moedl,a lady
    who could "read the Dresden Telephone Directory" and
     still captivate audiences!!!!

 Scenes from : Macbeth, Parsifal, Walkure, Gotterdamerung,
    Pirates of Penzance, Elektra, Tristan und Isolde, and songs.
    

 

Also see Youtube Pique dame Clip at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcZsI6pBpQg

                                  (53 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-26-12-43-57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT


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