In the event that anyone here 

 never heard the greatest single

note in my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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One of the most emotional singers,

Rosanna Carteri  Born 12/14/30.

Never came here and retired rather

early to be with family. I just

love her so much!!!

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

  Hi all,

 All these many years,I could never allow comments,since advertisers interfere. I would LOVE some people to tell me (Placido21@aol.com) if my posts are to their liking..as I want to please you.

If you want..let me know..although the stats do show people seem to like the stuff, from Angola to Zanzibar.

          Love  Charlie

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

Close to Ruffo!!  I thought Warren had a big voice.MacNeilwas awesome!!!!!!!

Direct download: MACNEIL.mp3
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Sarah Scuderi, 12/11/06 in the documentary "Tosca's Kiss."  LOVABLE!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

  At 85,Lauri-Volpi was still so calm and shy.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

12/11/1892..VERY SHY TENOR!!!!!!

 One of the greats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

  Here is the moment where Piotr Beczala became my adored favorite singer of today. The beauty of the phrasing, the love of the vocal line, the purity...I love this guy.I see him often backstage and he once introduced me to the son of the famous Polish tenor, Jan Kiepura.

  A lovable man and great star!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:20pm EST

Have I never played any Mari Lyn for you?

Now, be sure not to eat or drink while you watch this;send animals and small children out of the room.

Italian is the greatest...especially with the titles!!!!!!!

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

 

My buddy,Marisa Galvany (one of many fake names) as Medea.

Direct download: Medea_Galv..mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:07pm EST

Today,I got Lucine to sing the first line of the "In quelle trine morbide." At 92, I know she still has a lot of voice..a fun lady, over-used at the Met,but she saved so many shows.

  Great xxx-rated jokes!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Mehta conducts interesting Valencia Ring. Finale of Gotterdamerung!!!!!  I love it!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm EST

FUN!! Jose Carreras,born 12/5/46  and friends..He beat Leukemia,thank God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

Not easy to take vibrato...but such a charmer..Poor thing died in childbirth.

   (Conchita Supervia)

Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm EST

FUNNNNNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Leo Nucci at 75!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Amazing man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

  God Bless You, Dmitri

Category:general -- posted at: 9:07pm EST

So sad!! Wonderful Singer passed away today.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:55am EST

Bing gave her one!     Idiot!

 

Wonderful lady!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZwSAHyGoo8

Direct download: Resnik_Marin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53am EST

Still weeping over his passing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am EST

Dmitri returned to the Met in 2015.

The love expressed by the audience

will go on forever as we remember him.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:31pm EST

 

  Totally Devastated.!!! My tears

are unending. He was so sweet and kind. I always

got those kisses on the cheek from this

beautiful man, who will live

forever in our hearts. God Bless Him!!!

 

 

 

 

Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm EST

Hard to find right words for the

glorious Victoria's voice!!!!! Here is "Dove sono?"

Direct download: 02_-_DeLos__Dove_son.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:55pm EST

Joseph Calleja wants people to 

call him "Joe." That is the kind

of guy he is. When he met me, he

said I was more famous than he is.

  TRUE?????????????????

Direct download: 02_-_Calleja-Traviata.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:42pm EST

If you are not feeling well, do NOT

listen to Sirach von Bodengraven!

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!

  I am finding old audio stuff for you.

Are you thrilled??????

Direct download: 01_Grav.celestea.mp3
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Great fun guy, Brian Hymel, in French arias.

He is such a wonderful person, and has

a beautiful family. BUY IT! I get

no commission on the full CD.

Direct download: Hymel_French.mp3
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Callas, Corelli, Nicolai

from Trieste.Note Corelli attack before Callas D!!!!!!!!!    Nothing like this today!!!

Direct download: 01_-_Trio-Norma-Callas-Cor.nic.mp3
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Here are early recordings of my dear friend

Diana Soviero.Friends since 1977. I hope you like them.

Direct download: Diana_youngs.mp3
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   THIS is what Leonie was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

She had her flaws, but at 5:09 you hear something stupendous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Cry...cry.....for the lady who knew her fate and

who was a miracle for all of us to behold.

 

She had her flaws, but NO ONE gave what she

accomplished as a sensational artist!!!!!

 

 

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

  I had so many glitches in my audio files,I have been sending you Videos,which I hope you enjoy. Hope to get back to the audio podcasts soon..Meanwhile, you do have archives.

 

Thanks for your support   Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

  I play you my tape, with my yelling....at the greatest miracle. as the 65 year old Magda Olivero makes her Met debut in 1975.

The ovation is cut...It was one of the greatest things in my opera life...Note 3:16.."RiMUUUUneri" cosi.

The miracle lasted until age 104...but her caretaker said there was voice there almost till the end.

Bless her!!!!!!!!!!!!I miss those birthday phone calls,where she spoke in "Verismo"

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

  I just called Virginia to tell her I had put up clips of Nicola-Rossi Lemeni,born 11/6/28. They were such a loving couple and she misses him so much!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:49pm EST

  Beloved forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

I always wanted to do what Vickers did..Happy Birthday....10/29/26

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

  I keep finding these superb

new artists! I know she will

have a marvelous career!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

The great Tito Gobbi   10/23/13

was even more versatile than I thought

and that Fair Lady is not too bad

either.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm EST

Just the word "CARO" tells you what

Virginia was..the "cry" in the voice 

distinguished her from so many others.

Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

  Here is more of my Virginia. She always called her

fabulous low notes "mask," rather than "chest."

  Well, whatever they are called, they are amazing.

She sang over 70 roles, including 635 Traviatas.

All that arthritis comes from falling on the floor,

plus rehearsals. I wish she had borrowed knee

pads from a football player, but she felt it

was not "reality."

 

  

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  I have been blessed in my life to have become

acquainted with many singers, some of whom

were more than just stars I met backstage.

The first was Renata Tebaldi, and later on

Olivia Stapp, Diana Soviero, Marisa Galvany, 

Sam Ramey, and Regina Resnik.

  However, in the last years, I have 

become closely acquainted with Mme.

Virginia Zeani, whom I consider as "la mia sorella."

Virginia has been one of the greatest singers

in opera history, although, like Magda Olivero and 

others, not lucky enough to make commercial

recordings, but we "pirates" have spread the

word. 

  On this day, I wish my darling friend, not

in the best of health, by undying love! Happy 

birthday, my dear Virginia.

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

Look...anyone who ever worked 

with Diana Soviero SHOWS it in

so many ways...At least this Angel(a)

can be heard in the theatre.

Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am EST

New Met Mimi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I have seen the greats.She is

superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

I adore BLACK basso voices.

 Rydl is so scary and I

love this role, but am too

nice to do it (and do not

have the voice). I collect 

all the RINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

This is such fun!!!! As a language

teacher I would have wanted to

perform this. He is a delight!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

  Irina Lungu is a real sweetheart.

Saw her Gilda and Musetta and

we chat on Facebook. I wish

she would return to the Met!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:08pm EST

Another one!!!!!!!!  Makes us all

gay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:47pm EST

Hiromi Omura.......What a gorgeous

voice!!! May she go far!!!!  You know

I have good taste!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:15pm EST

  You can talk about divas all you

want, but for me, Diana is one

of the all-time greatest.Since I

fell out of the balcony(Mimi) in

1977, we have been close friends.

Even the way she gets onto the bed

at the end is special! Sadly, many

great singers do not make 50 CD's!!!!!

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

Happy birthday to the greatest

and most fun-loving diva in

the world! She is one of the

few throwbacks to the Golden Age!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm EST

What more is there to say

on this sad day (9/16/)?Yes, she had

her flaws, but the world of music

lost a veritable genius/.

Rest in Peace,Maria!

 

 

Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EST

What is lacking today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The beautiful "morbidezza" in

the voice. What Zeani,Muzio,

Olivero,Callas,Scotto,Soviero,

Favero could accomplish! Today, it is a lost

art..except HERE!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

Truly gorgeous voice!!!!

Hope she goes far!!!!!

Facebook poster presented this

recital.So rewarding!

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

Dear Magda, the miracle of opera,

passed away at 104 3 yrs.today.

I called her every birthday and

she was as sweet as could be. She is

83 here, a GREAT LADY, who is missed.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:50pm EST

  She left Roberto for me...but when

I told her her voice did not carry in

the Met, she belted me in the mouth!!!!

He is so sweet. He told me last year, 

"I can see in your eyes how you

love music." That was so lovely.

Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm EST

Some day I will bring people from the Met to my supermarket and we will do a complete Walkure............

Category:general -- posted at: 8:14pm EST

Beautiful voice...I just found her.

My friend sees her Violetta tonight

at La Fenice..Those Romanians

sure can sing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am EST

29:39..To this MOMENT I shall never

 forget his "Legaaaami," which was a

tone of glory in my life!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am EST

I adored him.Middle voice was 

pure GOLD.  Gee, why don't

you hold the last note longer???

Category:general -- posted at: 9:41am EST

  Those of us members of Facebook

discover wonderful talent! Here is

marvelous young baritone Michael Chioldi.

We wish him all our best!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm EST

Two great guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Facebook friends. 

Eduardo is so funny..and great tenor..Mark is wonderful!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:20am EST

Fine Russian Tenor, Khachatur Badalyan.

I am so glad to "spread the word"

as to the new talents.Superb!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am EST

She did it ALL!!!! Not a long career, but

1949-1955 in my view was awesome!

Direct download: Maria_Isolde.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44pm EST

Saffo aria sung by one of my

favorite singers, Eugenia Burzio.

OLD STYLE!!!!!!

 

Direct download: 01_-_Burzio-Saffo_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

  I was waiting once at the Met stage

  door after a Macbeth. Out comes this

big guy who looked at me and asked,

"Are you Charlie Handelman?" I said

"Yes." He gave me a big hug and 

said,"You are more famous than

me!"  What a fun guy!!!!!!!!!!

 Joe and I have discussed a kind of

"old-fashioned vibrato," which to 

me is  "affectionate."

Direct download: Joe_Boheme.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EST

Hiya,

   My stats for August show you are really enjoying things;however, the videos do not show up in the stats, so I must deduce that the stats are higher.

I still need to work on a glitch or two in order to do new audio podcasts.

                    Love  Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 11:27am EST

  At the 1972 Rudolf Bing farewell,Regina

came out as Orlovsky and totally

cracked us up with her rendition of

:Chacun a Bing's gout." Knowing how

he treated her, I know she was not

kidding. Trust me!!

Funniest line is "..and ask Corelli twwwwwice." The way she held the "W" is a classic!!!

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

We were friends for 50 years. Regina

was one of the greats!!!!! Here is one

of her signature roles(even in English.)

Category:general -- posted at: 6:41pm EST

8/29/1926. One of the very

great singers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EST

Paul, my buddy,  8/28/1941. We

sang so much from 1961 at the

Paterson, New Jersey Company.

He became one of the greats, and a 

sweetheart, despite many family

tragedies.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:07pm EST

So he didn't have a "C"...OH YEAH!!!!

His favorite role and Virginia is so

magnificent.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:03pm EST

For me, greatest tenor I ever heard live.

The voice rang out as GOLD!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Being a language teacher, and not wanting to starve, I sang as a hobby. Aug.28 is the birthday of dear Paul Plishka. We sang a lot together, and I also sang w.Sam Ramey.

Well, two of them made it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:56am EST

Another clip of this fine singer...What are all those ladies doing there?????????????????

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

I keep finding them!!!!!!!  Here is a superb

young tenor from Nagaland,India.May

he go on to great success!!!!!

They are all out there..just go to YouTube!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

Imagine rehearsing Rigoletto years ago and out comes this fabulous voice.   "Who are you?"

"I never sang an opera before..Is the Duke hard????"     I guess I can pick them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

As a real tenor he was superb in Zarzuelas with the great Pilar Lorengar!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EST

VERY few opera singers can sing popular music. Farrell did it pretty well and many male singers do it well, but the DIVAS have trouble. I guess the breaks in the voice make it more difficult...but Dorothy Kirsten mastered the crossover, compared to the ludicrous Fleming or L.Price.

Direct download: Kirst.pop.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm EST

Corelli had more vibrato young (DelMonaco called him a "goat) but these commercial discs still tel us of the man's greatness.

I saw him 40 times.Yes,he could be a pain...but generally speaking,he raised the roof!!!!!!!!!!

I have friends who knew him well,and they tell me how sweet he was and so concerned about his artistry.

Direct download: francoyoung.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07pm EST

  In the event any of you have

been living on another planet,

here is the great Mari Lynn,

(in)famous on YouTube. She is

currently coaching with Zinka Milanov.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

  She did lots of films and was popular. 

HOWEVER, the end of the Bolero

makes me HYSTERICAL! She and

Erna Sack are "fun" in a certain way.

  Howyalike all my new posts???????????

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

It was so nice when Piotr Beczala

introduced me to the son of

another Polish tenor,Jan Kiepura.

His beloved mother, Martha Eggerth

was alive at the time, and he called

her and said, "Hi,ma!!

I felt as if I was in some way "part of history."

    Piotr is my favorite singer of today,

by the way.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

When she showed up, Caballe

was one of the greatest singers

of the century!

 Her birthplace was Barcelona, as we 

at this tragic time send our

deepest feelings for their people.

Direct download: cabarol.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

HUGEST voice from a baritone. Great man...In

Ernani, the audience sometimes started to yell at the G 

before the A flat, so stupendous the sound!

Direct download: Mac.trib.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EST

  An Oddity!!!!!!  Beverly as Aida!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Direct download: sillsaida2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

8/21/33. One of the most haunting

voices imaginable.I am so sorry I 

never got to hear her live. My loss!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

   Tribute to the dear people of Barcelona

after this terrible tragedy.

  Es imposible expresar en palabras

   lo que siento!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

  If you asked me what my all-time favorite commercial recording by a diva is, I would tell you that the Lotte Lehmann Wunder der Heliane aria is to me SUPREME!!!!

The lady had this "veiled and haunting" tone that thrills me no end!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:27am EST

  The great ones never lose it. He is 67.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am EST

Ferruccio Tagliavini had an incredibly beautiful

"Gigli-like" voice. Here is an aria from a rare

Refice work, "Chopin."  He did not even have

a recording of it, saw my catalogue, sent me a 

request and I sent it to him!!!

   8/14/1913.  More to come.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:11am EST

  I saw this marvelous baritone

in Macbeth and I wish to show you

this clip on his birthday, Aug.12 (1966.)

Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am EST

                    FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

Imagine attending a performance with your four

favorite singers in their respective voice categories.

   The matinee 1956 for me was something never to forget.

Zinka,my all-time favorite singer, is absolutely at her

PRIME!!!!  The B flat pp on "Invan la pace" is

UNREAL and the last "Maledizione" is sensational.

I was standing all the way down across the orchestra

pit.  Yes, I live in the past!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

Sweetest nicest guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

8/8/79    Happy Birthday!!! Wonderful voice.

GREAT HIGHS!!!!!!!!

Lovable in person also!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

   Hilarious Traviata w. Carreras,Ricciarelli,Baltsa,Raimondi

Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm EST

Great cast!! (well,almost!)  

Milanov,Baebieri,Siepi,Warren. They had

to Baum, but that's life!!!!! DelMonaco

did other shows, but this is what did

occur at times.

 

Direct download: Gioc.53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:04pm EST

I decided this morning to trace the stats 

for a given time period. In only three hours,

I observe,for example that there were 40

"hits" in this time period. I guess you have

not deserted me (like in that opera in

the desert where the soprano sings,

"Sola,perduta,e abbandonata."). I thank

you for years of support,despite some glitches (and

the flu). Please send me personally any comments

(Placido21@aol.com), as I cannot open 

the comments page here, or I will get

all sorts of ads. We are up to over a million and a

half "hits."  Keep listening!!!

   Lovingly   Charlie

 

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

I totally disagree with Placido singing baritone.

He has an amazing amount of voice at

75, and he was also born on a famous

day,Jan.21 (like me, but I sang the right stuff.)

Some of you will disagree,but I feel

he does not do proper justice to

the Verdi line. BUT here he shows what

a great singer he has been.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:19am EST

So there we were in the first row at Carnegie

and just before Tebaldi launched into this

aria, she looked down and winked at us! We

were sure she sang just for US!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:08am EST

Absolutely RIVETED by the Amfortas of

Ryan McKinny. I have seen the best, as 

you well know:London,Uhde,Schoeffler,etc.

This artist is a true STAR!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:46am EST

I do not believe that there has ever

been any soprano with the combination

of gorgeous voice quality and

Wagnerian volume.. When she sang "Pace"

at the Met in a concert with Bastianini

and Del Monaco, I thought the roof

would come down on the "Maledizione." I

so miss our yearly birthday (Feb.1) phone 

calls. NO artist was as sweet and dear

to us in our youth..and funny!

 

 

 

 

Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm EST


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