Zinka Milanov as Norma

  I was 18.(She was 48). My first introduction to the artist who would become my all-time favorite singer was during the 1953-54 season. I knew enough to realize she did have problems with high C, so I did not include all of the performance.

With Blanche Thebom,Cesare Siepi, and  the LOUDEST tenor on record, Gino Penno,who did not last too long, Zinka emitted some of the greatest sounds I have ever heard.

  Note the opening of "In mia man," where you hear the rich mixed low tones, brilliant top,total involvement with the music, great nobility, and to my ears, a legendary performance.

  I saw her 88 times, and can "play her repertory in my ears."

    She was not a cuddly Tebaldi, but I accepted it. She was a tough lady, until her butcher threw her out for smelling the chickens!

  (VAT??? Don't you know who I am???)

 

 I TOLD you more great stuff is coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Direct download: ZinkaNorma.mp3
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He was born into an Armenian family living in the Russian city of Vladikavkaz, where his father was a mineworker. Pavel first worked in diamond drilling, then as a welder apprentice hoping to follow his father's steps. He first began to sing in a church choir before moving to Leningrad to study cello (1930).

As a strong-voiced soloist of a local amateur group he was commissioned to the Leningrad Conservatory.

He started his vocal career in the Maly Leningrad State Opera Theatre and then in the Yerevan Opera House, where he performed the leads for three years.

From 1940 to 1966, Pavel Lisitsian was the soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre and performed parts of Yeletsky, Onegin, Mazepa, and Robert (in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, Evgenie Onegin, Mazepa, and Iolanta respectively), Germont and Amonasro (in Verdi's Traviata and Aida), Escamilo (in Bizet’s Carmen), Tatul (Spendiarov’s Almast), Arsaces II (Arshak II) (Chuhadzhyan’s Arshak II), Napoleon (in Prokofiev's War and Peace), and others.

During a concert tour of the USA in 1960, he appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Amonasro. He died in Moscow.

 

Tchaikowsky and Rachmaninoff Songs.

  Since he lived from 1911-2004, Dmitri Hvorostovsky told me he knew him;there are similarities, since these two have gorgeous voices.

Direct download: Lisiit.mp3
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Magda Olivero at Padua

Here is the "Miracle of the Opera World," Magda Olivero, at Padua on 4/7/71 (only 61 yrs.old),accompanied by the famous soprano Irma Adami Corradetti.

 Manon,Turandot,Francesca,Adriana(Poveri Fiori),Pelagio (Mercadente),Manon Lescaut,Adriana (Io son l'umile ancella), and Manon Lescaut (Sola,perduta).

Go to youtube, where she sings at 83, and I know from her caretaker that she had to get rid of her piano,since people asked her to sing, into her 90's.

I called her every birthday until about age 102, but then things got more difficult until she passed away at 104.

GOD BLESS HER!!!

Direct download: Magdapav.mp3
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Maria Callas in La Sonnambula

Callas, Monti, Cossotto,Zaccaria

Cond.Antonino Votto 8/21/57 

Edinburg  Scala Visit

Direct download: Sonn.callas
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George London Live

1.Hoffmann w.Stich-Randall (1954-56)

2. Onegin w.Valerie Bak (1954)

3. Prince Igor aria (1953)

4. Aida duet w.Varnay (1953)

5. Walkure scenes w.Varnay (1953)

 

A great man!!!! One of the most dynamic singing/actors in opera. Sadly, the career was cut short by physical problems, but he still managed a fine career.

Direct download: George.mp3
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Vissi D'arte Compilation

Charlie's all-time favorite aria:

Behrens,Caballe, Callas, Galvany, Malfitano, Marton, Milanov, Millo, Olivero, Price, Rysanek, Scotto, Tebaldi

 

Please note: These are all LIVE, so sound may vary.

Direct download: vissis.mp3
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Just a note to thank all of you, from Angola to Zanzibar, for your interest.

Total stats from the start of my podcasts are: 1,692,009 hits.

 

I am sorry I am unable to allow comments, since I get a horrendous number of ads. However, any comments or suggestions you may have can be sent to Placido21@aol.com.

 

   My best  Charlie

 

P.S. I am grateful for a fan who wants more of the audio podcasts.I am aware..I had so many computer glitches..but now can do more...I appreciate your input..Keep it up!!!!!

 

Category:general -- posted at: 1:36am EDT

Discovered another great Polish artist. This man has such passion and I loved him so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

Fedora finale with Diana Soviero

My beloved friend,Diana Soviero, in Fedora from Montreal,1995. Loris is Ermanno Mauro.

For me, Diana has been one of the very last of the "verismo divas."

Just the first phrase is so emotional!!

Direct download: FedoraDiana.mp3
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Zinka and Franco

Zinka and Franco rarely sang together, but when they did.....wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IN THE HIGH KEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Direct download: Zinkacor.mp3
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