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 EDT

  Did I ever show you this?

   If not...get ready for some

   great high notes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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 EDT

  So sad that Toscanini's protégé,

Guido Cantell, was killed in a

plane crash. Life can be cruel!!

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

   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 EDT

   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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

  Her caretaker says she

sang around the house...even

at 100.

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

  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 EDT

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

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

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

That

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

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

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

  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 EDT

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

used up 5 Pavarotti towels.

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

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 EDT

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

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

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 EDT

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

  Forgot about the two great birthdays 

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

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

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

Born 1/8/23   Beloved man.

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

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 EDT

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

 

Love Charlie

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

  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!!!"

 

 

 

s

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

Remember, it's Piotr birthday week,

so here is the "Bis" in the Liceo

Werther.

Reminds me of a soprano who thought

people were yelling, "BEAST!"

  Love that great guy!!!!!

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

  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 EDT

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 EDT

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

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

  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 EDT

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

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

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 EDT

  Diana Soviero's Met debut

with Alfredo Kraus in Romeo

et Juliette.The "Poison aria"

is superb.(Also on YouTube).

I know her since 1977.Still feel

she is as great as any soprano in

my experience.

Direct download: Soviero_Juliette_debt.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Carteri and Taddei in

act 3 are so moving!!

Ferruccio Tagliavini is Rodolfo.

Direct download: Carteri_Bohem.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

12/15/1910..Almost made it to 100. One

of the greatest singers in opera

history. I hope she finally

made up with Barbieri!

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

In the event that anyone here 

 never heard the greatest single

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

Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

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 EDT

  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 EDT

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

Direct download: MACNEIL.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

Sarah Scuderi, 12/11/06 in the documentary "Tosca's Kiss."  LOVABLE!!!!!!!

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

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

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

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

 One of the greats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  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 EDT

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 EDT

 

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

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

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 EDT

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

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

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

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

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

   (Conchita Supervia)

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

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

Category:general -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

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

 

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

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

  God Bless You, Dmitri

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

So sad!! Wonderful Singer passed away today.

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

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 EDT

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

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

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 EDT

 

  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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

Callas, Corelli, Nicolai

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

Direct download: 01_-_Trio-Norma-Callas-Cor.nic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

Here are early recordings of my dear friend

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

Direct download: Diana_youngs.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

   THIS is what Leonie was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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

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

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 EDT

  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 EDT

  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 EDT

  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 EDT

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

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

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

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

  I keep finding these superb

new artists! I know she will

have a marvelous career!!!!

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

  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."

 

  

Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

  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 EDT

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 EDT

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

 

I have seen the greats.She is

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

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

  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 EDT

Another one!!!!!!!!  Makes us all

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

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

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

voice!!! May she go far!!!!  You know

I have good taste!!!!

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

  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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

Truly gorgeous voice!!!!

Hope she goes far!!!!!

Facebook poster presented this

recital.So rewarding!

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

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 EDT

  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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

I adored him.Middle voice was 

pure GOLD.  Gee, why don't

you hold the last note longer???

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

  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 EDT

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

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

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

  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 EDT

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 EDT


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