and they wonder why I complain today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:52pm EST

How many divas did pop like this?????

Fleming is a joke (Under the rainbow)

Category:general -- posted at: 6:50pm EST

7/6/10 Kirsten was about 7

yrs.OLDER when she retired. She

did POP better than any diva!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:47pm EST

They finally got rid of that

HORRRRRID Met Traviata.Here is a

rehearsal of the new one.

Grazie a Dio…..

Category:general -- posted at: 10:51pm EST

Just discovered her.....I have to find that


Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EST

  I just sent this to Muzio at

http:// She will look

her up (way up) because she always admired

singers with great breath control.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:09am EST

3/13/77  How I discovered the

new Tebaldi!!!!! Diana Soviero has

been my friend all this time...and

she received my tape of her Mimi

on Mar.19..he and my ma's birthdays!

Two great divas in my life.

BUT  with Pav I told her to wear

metal underwear!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:34pm EST

Amazing Mado Robin with high

Z sharp above R!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Happy Anniversary to the Rameys, Sam

and L:indsay.....two sweet people. Sam

and I go way back to 1970 Bolena, and

Lindsay gets a medal for marrying such

a DEVIL!!!! Love to them both.


Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

Virginia and MacNeil in

a truly great duet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:06pm EST

Maria Galvany 1906  NOT SPEEDED UP!



    Can you do it??????????????????????

Category:general -- posted at: 5:25pm EST

The great Luisa Tetrazzzini, born on

June 29, 1871 singers w.Caruso!!!!!

I love this lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm EST

So sad she deteriorated so quickly. Anna

Moffo, 6/27/32 was so gorgeous and we

loved her...but it did not last!  A shame!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

Not ONE of you could sit with us 

without falling on the floor hysterical.

They did finally throw us OUT! Note

the great tenor's PASSAGGIO!!! Are

there any companies in your area

like La Puma????

Category:general -- posted at: 1:43pm EST

Leonie knew the end was near. She

 was one of the most exciting singers

in memory, despite flaws (like Moedl,

Callas, Gencer, so many others. She is

terribly missed.!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Diana and I had a long talk yesterday

about style and today's lack of divas

with kind of emotion of a Muzio,a Zeani,

a SOVIERO exhibited. SAD!!!!

    ....and do not yell at me for living in

the passato.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm EST

Fine voice   6/25/40.People who

do not have access to these singers

miss a lot of unappreciated voices.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:22pm EST

Giuseppe Taddei, 6/26/16...A GREAT

baritone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Warm voice..

superb artist.


Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm EST

Diana and I had a nice talk this

evening. She always tells people

I "discovered" her.....well, if so

I am glad.....The greatest!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am EST

I am on this new "Buratto thing."

Wonderful to find a new voice

the way I did w.Soviero Mimi in 1977.

She is superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am EST

  With Jeemy gone, we will have the

Ring back next season, but I fear

the orchestra will not rise to his


  We used to need DEPENDS at a

La Puma performance. I pppp'd

in my pantaloni!!!!!


Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

  I may have posted this, but if you

want to cry like watch this.

  She would come forward slowly on

"Ma quando vien lo sgelo" (note a

kind of "breath" on the "Ma" and then let out 

a Birgit Nilssonian top note on "E mio" that

threw us on the floor. (Remember, we were 

standees.)….I miss her so.....Called her on

every birthday....NO ONE in my view had the

combination of beauty of tone and WAGNERIAN volume.



Category:general -- posted at: 12:53am EST

My friend saw Livia Budai as

Eboli in SF .He fell on the floor

in hysterics!!!! Who let her out?

I do not care if you are male,

female,or not sure...YOU are better!


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

  My favorite version of this scene

  with Giuseppe Taddei (6/26/16) and

Rosanna Carteri.The way he says the

word "Entrate" is so warm...she never came

here..a pity!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am EST

  Riccardo Stracciari, June 6, 1875.

  Just INCREDIBLE voice!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:32am EST

  Gorgeous soprano. When she

  started the Norina Don Pasquale

aria, the resonance was so amazing,

I thought she was singing in my EAR!

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

  Here is dear Irina Lungu, a real

  sweetheart of a person (she even

  likes me). Wonderful artist!!!

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

  Zinka fioratura and some top notes

  not good..but play IN MIA MAN for

  the greatest!!!!!!!


Hey....1 million 900 thousand downloads in all these years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:46pm EST

  Did I ever post this? I think

she was on valium..not drunk.

Poor tenor....I think she is related

to the Del Monaco family.

But better than Livia Budai




Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm EST

She might have had to change her makeup...

or on drugs?????

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

LAST of the singers with the

kind of feeling absent today.



 NO ONE does this today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EST

6/22/10  Pears created the


Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

  Can we choose to separate controversy

over art?   This is not easy, but we

cannot deny his contribution to 

music?? Like no one knew...………………….

Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

  I was Rochefort in her first Bolena

with Sam Ramey (who???). It was 

MY THRILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm EST

  Mexico reviews remember CALLAS....Galvany reviews 

for the Aida compared her to Maria!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:23pm EST

  Who else but me looked down

her throat at those E flats!!!!   

Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

Happy Birthday 6/19/36 to my

darling friend,Marisa Galvany

(well, that is one of her fake names,)

We go back to Yolantha and Bolena.

Still does recitals in N.Carolina. One
of the GREAT singers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Unions do not allow real names if you
sometimes do not get paid,as in early days.)  I know all the names,especially
Ethel Merman




Category:general -- posted at: 8:16pm EST

  Happy Fathers' Day to my dear friend

Sam Ramey, whose son just 

turned 15. It is my fervent hope

that Sam Jr. does not ever

witness this side of Sam.

  We go back a long time, and I

can tell you lucky

to have a great dad!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:04am EST

  On this fathers' day, my beloved

friend,Virginia Zeani, wishes

you daddies a Happy Fathers' day.

Category:general -- posted at: 8:17am EST

On this fathers' day,poor Siepi

gets to sing  "Mio,padre" but a 

certain lady sort of eclipses

his last note. HAM!!!!!!!


Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am EST

Have you seen this?????

Category:general -- posted at: 7:32am EST

Delmonaco sang "Trahison" running

out of the tent.He knew it was a broadcast!!

They looked better than Victor and Hedy!!!!

I was there...1958

Category:general -- posted at: 4:47am EST

My beloved!!! Happy Birthday!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:44am EST

Rise sat at her desk and told us of her love for Lehmann when she was a if in a trance...and

they sang together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:41am EST

La Famosa storia di Handelmani e Rise 1/21/56 Since di Stefano broke Rise's arm on the broadcast of Carmen, the club meeting was cancelled..My ma planned a surprise birthday party....How to get Charlie out of the house???No party!!!! They got me to see her when she came back from the they could surprise me.but close call..... That PIPPO!!!!!! My friends surprised me..they just arrived before me. What a shock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! However imagine if a certain invited guest was able to attend. TEBALDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would have fainted! Quest' era la solita storia di Pippo e il mio compleanno.................



Category:general -- posted at: 4:35am EST

I was 16..First singer I ever met.

Had great times at her home with the club...Made it to

99.....6/11/13...No one could be more beloved in my 

young life..well,also Tebaldi.

Rise,I will never forget you...……………..

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


  a god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Category:general -- posted at: 10:15pm EST

1978  Horowitz/Mehta.This is

This is my favorite classical work!

"GOD" plays!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am EST

   I learn so much from Mari

Category:general -- posted at: 11:02am EST

  Alagna said the nicest thing to me:

"I can see in your eyes how you love music!!"


That was so kind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:58am EST

  Irina is such a sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:54am EST

  My darling friend, Irina Lungu.

 6/5/80...A sweet,brilliant lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am EST

6/2/49  VERY EXCITING!!!!!

Lets it all hang out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Wonderful!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EST

  George London, 5/30/19 was a sensational

  Artist. He was riveting on stage and we adored

him. Career cut short by a herniated

vocal chord, but he made a fabulous

impression on opera!!!!

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

  I went to see Galvany in Bolena.

  Suddenly this mezzo (later soprano)

opens her mouth and MIO DIO!!!!

Olivia was as thrilling as Galvany.

  That nasty Sam Ramey is the King,

by the way. When I did the role I

was a teddy bear.


Category:general -- posted at: 4:27pm EST

  1847 Version of the arika

Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EST

Happy Birthday   5/30/40  to my

 darling friend and great diva,

Olivia Stapp. They do not make

them like this anymore!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

  In loving memory of all the brave men 

  worldwide,who gave their lives for their

country. Bless them!


Category:general -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

  No words are adequate enough to

describe what she was. In the Met

it was breathtaking.  Bless her!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm EST

Great lady...Despite many emotional 

problems, a great diva.

Our late dear friend,Gwynne Cornell,

is next to her.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:53pm EST

  Lots of FUN!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm EST

  Little Belle Silverman might turn out to be pretty good.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EST

  May 25, 1920.....One of the greats!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm EST

  On mother's day, I wish you

mommies my love..I hope you

are nicer than this lady

Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm EST

Dear Mike....Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Your dog has great taste. We LOVE YOU!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EST

  Two of today's superb tenors.

I bring them presents, but cannot

bring too much to Piotr because

his luggage would be too heavy  when he goes

to Europe.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm EST

Dear Michael Fabiano celebrates his

birthday May 8. He is a great star

and I hope he comes over soon to

raid my tenor cd's as we discussed.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm EST


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

Category:general -- posted at: 11:14pm EST

  Night after tragic death of

Warren, This Chenier was a great

example of the kind of singing we

had. Note it is in KEY and note, at

3:30 Zinka's "Amaaaaante". We went

nutty, after such a sad evening we

had experienced.

Category:general -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

  Did I ever show you this?

   If not...get ready for some

   great high notes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:07am EST

Spoke this evening to my darling

Virginia Zeani,now in a facility. She

is never lonely since she has

so many friends. Hit a couple of

high notes on the phone.

  Since Tebaldi, no one has touched my

heart like Virginia.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:57am EST

  So sad that Toscanini's protégé,

Guido Cantell, was killed in a

plane crash. Life can be cruel!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:47am EST

   First of all, please excuse me

  for a lack of posts, as I have been

 ill. I wrote Piotr after the great Luisa

Miller, which was tremendous last Saturday.

I missed him this year,and hope to see 

him next season.

A GREAT GUY and my favorite singer!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:53pm EST

   A real sweetheart and one of the last of the 

true verismo sopranos....and Lovable!

3/31/ 1952.   We love her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm EST

A long way from our Barber and

Hoffmann and Bolena,where we

were astounded by this young guy.

Happy Birthday and hope your new

hip is getting better.


   LOVE  Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EST

Happy Birthday to my dear friend

Sam Ramey, One of the great stars

and good buddy since we sang at

the start of his illustrious career.


Category:general -- posted at: 4:56pm EST

No words are adequate to tell

you of what that night was like.

She was 65 but we know she

sang like this at 85. (MY TAPE)


Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

  Her caretaker says she

sang around the house...even

at 100.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

  My two favorite divas celebrate birthdays on Mar.19. How lucky I am to have had them in my life!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

  12:30 Met Boheme with the GREAT Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

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  Died so young...a diva who makes me cry.


  Died so young...a diva who makes me cry.

That "Veiled voice"....Adore!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm EST

  Words fail me...OK...some flat notes at end of career...but Zinka screamed/



Stop me from wetting then Pavarotti towels.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am EST

Renata returns..............I have already

used up 5 Pavarotti towels.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am EST

I cannot write much...crying too much....we were close for years.


   Beloved Renata      You were my teenage LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am EST

  Jan.25   I love my Marcello Giordani.....Breaks the chandeliers....and sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

Jan.22..Joseph Calleja missed our Jan.21 birthdays by one day...Sweetest guy once told me I am more famous than he is....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

Not happy with Verdi roles these days..but a vocal GOD at 73!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm EST


  Placido....I am a TRUE bass-baritone....


Feliz Cumpleanos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

  Forgot about the two great birthdays 

of Jn.21. Placido (TENOR) and me...true bass-baritone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

We all called Giorgio Tozzi "Signor Legato." The man was of the great artists we adored.

Born 1/8/23   Beloved man.

Category:general -- posted at: 8:16pm EST

Remember always before you eat to "Say Grace"       1/4/37


Bumbry had a great voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lives in Salzburg..We sometimes communicate.

Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am EST

Wherever you are...Love and Happy New Year!


Love Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 7:05am EST

  They were a bit jealous when I texted Wunderlich and Gedda 

and sent them this video. However, since Piotr's two idols are these guys, they send him love and

Happy Birthday!!!"





Category:general -- posted at: 2:06am EST

Remember, it's Piotr birthday week,

so here is the "Bis" in the Liceo


Reminds me of a soprano who thought

people were yelling, "BEAST!"

  Love that great guy!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:04am EST

  My two favorite tenors have lots

of fun in a rehearsal. How wonderful to have a  

 Piotr and a Michael in an opera era where many 

tenors abound. If only we had ONE Tebaldi!

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

My favorite singer and "buddy" 

Piotr Beczala celebrates his birthday

on 12/28/ (1966). He is the sweetest

and most beautiful person and is

successor to his favorites,Gedda and

Wunderlich.   Love this guy!!!!!

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

  Fine new guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

  Whatever holiday you celebrate,

all my love to you and thanks for

your support all these years.


  My best   Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 8:35pm EST

   We have come far from that manger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

The great Gigli w.Elizabeth

Barbato in Forza. He was 61. I saw his 1955 farewell. Had he lived to 80, he would still have had it!!!!!

Direct download: Forza_Giglirio.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:06pm EST

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