What a night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

First time we heard them live. Corelli holds the all'armi forever and the ovation for her after the "D'amor" went on and on and on.

Direct download: Trov.61.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

Dear Dmitri returned two years ago for Trovatore. However, things are not going too well now. We pray he may be able to fight his serious health problem. God bless him!!!!!!!

He came back in May and sang "Cortigiani" in the Gala It was labored, but he is a fighter.!

 

I always got the two kisses on the cheeks....I am glad I finally found out it was the custom!!!!!

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

Not always an easy voice to take..but a MONUMENTAL MAN!!!!  My friend became close with this great icon..In person the voice must have ben a sensation....a bit "white" in color...but nevertheless a great man.

 

He told my friend, "Del Monaco sings like a truck driver but McCracken is the TRUCK!!!!

Direct download: Pag_Mart..mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT

  For next season,Susi Sommers replaces Peretyatko. Audience must wear earplugs.

Even Larry Brownlee does not have a high T over L.

Direct download: sus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

  Piotr loved the late Nicolai Gedda so much. Once he put on a jacket in a Paris Faust, and the label inside read "Nicolai Gedda."

 Here is a tribute to Gedda, who always sang this so beautifully. I sang it for my mother (lower key) and she said, "Good...but I prefer Gedda!"

Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

When dumb Met audiences laugh at some titles during act one Tosca (You know "Make her eyes black") I get mad.In Chicago once, Eva Marton was furious at the "Give her black eyes" title.

Well, I am a big crab. I feel like Jon Vickers in a Dallas Tristan (Dristan??) where he told the audience to "shut up."

   Hey, I am putting lots of stuff here..and even some old podcasts, which I am sure you forgot about!!!!!

Direct download: Vickers_shut.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

Nice party for Willfred Pelletier with Licia and Tucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

Sad how intolerance kept Afro-Americans out of the Met until Marian Anderson in Ballo 1955.I was there!

I spoke to Camilla Williams, a friend of Virginia Zeani,shortly before she passed away. She was my first Butterfly at City Opera. A great voice and a lovely lady!

Direct download: Camilla.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

I saw 5 of them in 1954!!!!!! Trouble with top notes but she did lose the C in the 50's....However for me the greatest singer in my life..saw her 88 times...well 88 and a half,as she fainted during a Verdi Requiem.

  She sounded so bad that night the "faint" might have been faked!

The tenor was Gino Penno..loudest top I ever heard, but did not last long. Blanche Thebom was Adalgisa and Cesare Siepi was Oroveso.

IN MIA MAN in last act is an example of her greatness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Direct download: MilanovNorma.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

Great Caterina Mancini and Rolando Panerai in duet from La Battaglia di Legnano.She thrilled me since age 17 on Cetra recordings..I have a letter from her.

Direct download: 13_-__Battaglia_Manc.duet-1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT


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