We have come to love Michael Fabiano as one of the great singers the present day. I also invited him to come and raid my collection,because I have too much!!!

He is a special guy to us!!!!!

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The range of roles which she undertook was unusually varied in their vocal requirements: Manon, Charlotte (in Werther), Juliette (in Roméo et Juliette), Marguerite (in Faust), Mignon, Zerlina (in Don Giovanni) and Mélisande. She also sang the trio of heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann.

Vallin had a great affection for French operetta, and performed works by Lecocq, Massé, and Chabrier; she even ventured into music hall during the 1930s, singing at the Alhambra in Paris. Such was her popularity in her native country that she also appeared in a 1937 film, La fille de la Madelon.

Vallin worked with most of the leading French singers of her era, including the renowned tenor Georges Thill, whom she disliked. Her voice was that of a good-sized lyric soprano, well balanced but strongest in its middle and lower registers; but, at her peak, she was also capable of singing high coloratura, as recordings of arias by Bellini and Donizetti illustrate. Her tone was cool and clear, with exemplary enunciation. Louise, Charlotte and Manon became her signature roles. Her performances were described by the critic André Tubeuf as the "epitome of good singing but also of good taste". Sound technique supported both her versatility and the durability of her career; as late as 1946, when she was 60, she sang the Countess (in Le nozze di Figaro) and she continued singing and recording into the 1950s. Between 1953-59, she was a guest professor at the Conservatory in Montevideo.

Roi d"Ys,Pearl Fishers,Louise,Enfant Prodigue,Fortunio(Messager),Chanson Georgienne (Balakirev)

  More stuff to come.Have had glitches...Non mi abbandonare!!!!

Direct download: vallinmp3.mp3
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How exciting to hear a fine voice for the very first time. Last night Mme.Haroutounian sang a beautiful Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, and I am so happy to discover her!!!!!

 (And you know how much of a pain I am about singers)      Charlie

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Last evening, we were privileged to see Korean baritone Hyung Yun, on very short notice, sing Nottingham in Roberto Devereux at the Met. How wonderful to witness a marvelous new voice, a consummate musician

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I LOVE HIGH NOTES!!!! I am not afraid to say I like them more than Pelleas et  Melisande.

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The miraculous (81) Magda Olivero..................

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Just came back from Mme.Butterfly.Alagna was superb ,and more than that, backstage he was so lovable, funny,enjoyable for all to relish.

Nicest thing he said, "I know you...because I can see in your eyes your love for opera."  But I said, "Who,me???"

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Sam, you are so magnificent...and they give you a BIS!!!!!!

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  Happy birthday to dear Sam Ramey, Mar.28, 1942. We go back to our 1970 Bolena, and later on Barbiere, Hoffman,etc.  Great guy..fabulous career.

           We knew you would make it!!!!

                            Love Charlie

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For me, the greatest MIRACLE in opera history!!!!!!!

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Met debut  4/3/75  at 65.  We cried all night!!!!!

 

Note the last "Rimuuuuuneri" cosi...That word alone gave me chills.  Ovation cut...we were devastated.

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  Mar.25, 1910.  The MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!!

 

In her 80's. I called her always on her birthday..and today "called her" in my heart......

 

 

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Our lovable talented Facebook buddy!! Jack will go far!!! Wonderful guy!!!

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  Dear faithful opera buddies,
  

It is always frustrating for me not to be able to allow comments, since the site becomes inundated with annoying commercials. If you have comments, suggestions, or if you are an artist who has some Youtube clips I can post for you, let me know  at Placido21@aol.com.
 

Also, I assume you sometimes search the archives and listen to some of the old material, but if for some reason you cannot find an old favorite, I will gladly repost it.
           My best    Charlie

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Giovanni Roberti (Maybe)

Confessate!!!!  I know some of you sing in the shower!

Here is a guy who thinks he is the succesor to Nicolai Gedda. Let us give him credit! (or should we?)

Direct download: roberti.mp3
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Rigoletto 1967

See, I TOLD you I would do audio podcasts again! I just had so many glitches.

Here is a 1967 Rigoletto under Fernando Previtali, with the glorious cast of Cornell MacNeil,Richard Tucker, and Renata Scotto.

(I do not have complete cast information.)

 

 

 

Direct download: Rigol.Tuck.mp3
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More of Jack Swanson. Look out, Camarena!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Another of our Facebook buddies, now beginning an amazing career.  What agility and range!!!!!!

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Andre Courville is featured in the new Opera News magazine. This is a superb young bass-baritone who will go far!!!!

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Here is the young and talented Jack Swanson, obviously headed for a fine career.

  We encounter really superb young artists on Facebook, and I like to introduce you to them.

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  I adore Heldenbaritones and Mr.Gazheli is a superb artist in the tradition of Schoeffler, Uhde, and others. Wonderful!!!!

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I found a new guy!!!!!!  Wonderful voice. He  is the baritone on t he DVD Alzira, which I better play. Go to Youtube and find his superb clips.

  Boy, could we use him at the Met!!!  Here are some reviews:

Mark Stryker (Detroit Free Press from 21.10.2013)
German bass-baritone Thomas Gazheli’s Dutchman was a marvel. He brought a
deeply resonant voice to the stage and a heightened sense of feeling — but
also proportion so that his torment rang of true human suffering and
desperate yet dignified yearning.

Huffington Post - 24.10.2013
Bass Baritone Thomas Gazheli's Dutchman was spot-on, and his rich vocal
textures lived up to the title role. His acting delivered on a tormented
soul seeking redemption. His tender, expressive voice played well off and
at times carried Soprano Lori Phillips's Senta, who seemed not always
comfortable in her upper range.

George Bulanda (Detroit News)
Just as you can’t have a convincing performance of Hamlet without a strong
title character, you can’t mount a persuasive production of The Flying
Dutchman without a Dutchman who can deliver the part with panache. There
were no reservations about German bass-baritone Thomas Gazheli, who made
his MOT debut. He’s got a big, brawny voice, but he knows how to use it to
dramatic effect. His first-act Monologue was infused with agony and sad
resignation, but when power was required, he rolled out the cannons.

 

 

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  Wolf-Ferrari: Preghiera, Come tu mi fai rabbia

  Respighi:Ballata

   Puccini: e l'uccellino

    Cimara:  Stornello

     Denza:    Se

     Buzzi-Peccia:  Colombetta

      Donizetti:   Me voglio fa 'na casa

       Musetta's Waltz

       Buzzi-Peccia:  El Morenito

         Danny Boy

          Lehar: Yours is my heart alone (In Italian)

           Tosti:  'A vucchella

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: teb.farewell2.mp3
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Style, grace, beauty of tone, incredible top voice. I think this is TRUE JOY!

 

Javier Camarena thrilled me last night in Don Pasquale.....

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Javier Camarena last night in Don Pasquale...never heard him live..Something THRILLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

D flat in aria like "Di quella pira!!!!!"

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Anyone see this before???The genius who did this makes us hysterical!!!!!!!!

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CHARM!!!!  Claudia Novikova, born March 9, 1895, taught London and Gedda.  This drunk Perichole aria is priceless!!!!!!

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Any member of Facebook knows what a sweetheart Larry Brownlee is. He is such a great fun guy.I loved Eglise in an aria once, but not at the Met, sadly.

  This is great stuff!

 

I will do more audios..I keep promising...I will!

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IN KEY!!!!  I know...I am jaded...but anything like this today????????????? Let me know!!!!!

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Love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A clip from a GREAT singer...Not many like Kristine Opolais these days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PECCATO!!!!  Had she been around at the first Barbiere, she could have saved it from the failure it was!!!

 

I finally appreciate titles.!!!

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Did you ever see the clip of the INfamous "Baby Jane Maria Stuarda???"  I just saw the opera with Sondra Radvanovsky and I imagine she has seen this and laughed her head off.

  Maria and Elizabeth never met, but in opera you suspend belief...and a lot more!

  This scene would be great with Hillary and Sarah!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Valentines Day

  Dear friends from all over the globe,

   Wishing you a Happy Valentines Day...and more podcasts to come!!!!!

                     Love  Charlie

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Vergogna,Carlo..NEVER heard this version.

 

I played the B flat 5 times..at least..Now you see what we went through!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The closest to her LIVE!!!!!!!!!  Scared us!!!!

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Tebaldi Farewell Pt.1

Part One of Tebaldi NY  Feb.19, 1976 Farewell

(Acc.Martin Katz)

 

Sarti:Lungi dal caroi bene

Scarlatti: Se Florindo e fedele

Rossini:  Anzoleta avanti la regata

Bellini:  Vanne,o rosa fortunata

Verdi:  Otello "Ave Maria"

Rossini:  L'invito

Gluck:  Alceste aria

Puccini:  Mimi Addio

Wolf-Ferrari:  O miei sospir

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Renata_Farewell1.mp3
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This was 1970..OK the very top was going..BUT it was a sensation....The "tre assi e un paio" in the house was as if ten cannons went off.....

  We ripped up programs........confetti!!!!

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We were 18..First row Carnegie Hall. She winked at us..and then....here it is!!!!!

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Happy Birthday to my adored Renata Tebaldi, 2/1/22

    Happy Birthday to one who will remain forever in our hearts.

 

Click the word "General" to see photo. She said, "Dammi il braccio,mio piccino." I was 18, but knew enough to respond,

"Obbedisco,signora!"

 

More to follow..

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Happy Jan.21 birthday to at least one famous guy, but the other one is also a star(in my own mind.)

 Tannhauser,Luisa Miller (where he gets to sing, "Quando le sere al PLACIDO"),and duet w.Pilar Lorengar.

                        Un abrazo fuerte,Placido!!!!

Direct download: plac21.mp3
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Slezak's international career commenced in London at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he sang Siegfried (a punishing role that he would soon drop from his repertoire) and Lohengrin in 1900. (He would return to Covent Garden in 1909 after undertaking further vocal studies in Paris the previous year with a great tenor of a previous era, Jean de Reszke.)

Slezak secured a three-year contract with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1909. Met audiences acclaimed him in performances of works by Wagner and Verdi. Along with Italy's Giovanni Zenatello, he became the most famous Otello of his generation, famously performing the role at the Met with Arturo Toscanini conducting.

He was a convivial person, and many anecdotes reveal his amiable sense of humour. The best-known example is as follows: during a performance of Wagner's Lohengrin, a stage hand sent the swan out too early, before the tenor could hop aboard. Seeing his feathered transportation disappear into the wings, Slezak ad-libbed to the audience: "Wann fährt der nächste Schwan?" ("When does the next swan leave?").

Slezak had a versatile repertory which embraced 66 roles. They included notably Rossini's Guillaume Tell, Manrico, Radames, Walter, Tannhäuser, Hermann and, as we have seen, Otello and Lohengrin. He sang 44 roles in Vienna alone, where he chalked up 936 appearances in 1901-12 and 1917–27 and became an idol of audiences.

 

Dame Blanche,Euryanthe,Queen of Sheba

Direct download: slezak.mp3
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BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Come to NY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fine young tenor from Barcelona...Follows in great company.....you know who??????

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Some people  are offended at stuff like this.However, if you get up in front of people, you have to take the consequences.

   If you are a young artist and make an error...OK...BUT you must have some semblance of technique.

  I do like crazy stuff...not to be mean...but look, if you are SERIOUS about singing..you cannot do this!!!!

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Zinka and Ethel loved each other...That figures!!!!

 

I taught at the high School (Bryant) where Ethel Zimmerman attended.....My friend was in her class and at 16, she could BELT!!!

 Born Jan.16, 1908...I saw her first when I was 12.(Annie Get Your Gun),Dolly, Gypsy, and revival of Annie.

  The brass and the wobble (more pronounced here..it is late Ethel) meant nothing live..She was a thrill!!!!!!!!

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  Hi..I must apologize..every time I start an audio podcast..something goes wrong..so doing some videos.

 

I do not want to lose my BUDDIES....I will work on it this week..... OK?

 

 Love Charlie

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Superb!!!!  By t he way,the Poliuto was a rehearsal..so that is why you have no audience reaction.

  This guy is the real stuff.  He is BUSY!!!!!

 

 

http://operabase.com/a/Piero_Pretti/14186

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Supern tenor...Pretti does the aria uncut and adds some notes....Superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

SQUILLANTE!!!!!  More to come....

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http://www.handelmania.com/mad.htm

 

 

I did this when I was normal..Guess the Tosca screams and you get my entire collection..postage free.

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Nice to find exciting new talent. I hope you enjoy Jamison as I do.

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Opera Resolutions...but not the boring,mild ones I just read on Facebook.They never read MAD magazine:

1. Samson-Stop the steroids.Your boobs are bigger than Hedy Lamar's. Grow up and get more Mature.

2. Wotan/Gurnemanz/King Marke- Ask sleeping friends to give you gifts if you can tell your stories in one minute, plus in the case of Tristan, just take a quick-acting dose of arsenic so Isolde does not have to wait 3 hrs.

3. Any Manon- if you sing with Grigolo, tell him that if he screams in your ear at the end, you will make him a castrato.

4. Tosca- make sure in act 2, you kick Scarpia..not your train.They do that only in Zagreb

5. William Tell- if you think the Jemmy is a nasty singer, get Bocelli to shoot the apple.

6. The 8 Walkyries before your sister runs in- just lipsynch to Angela Gheorghiu;it's quieter that way.

7. Arturo (Puritani)- audition tenors who wish to sing you, making sure they can F like Larry Brownlee or Eric Owens.

8.  Macbeth- if any tenor tries to sing you, don't make his life peaceful.

9. Rigoletto- I don't care if Herheim tells you to hump Gilda..just lay off girls.....unless the Giovanna looks like Netrebko.

10. Queen of the Night- stick to your F's and stop watching Richard Simmons' shows.

11. Don Giovanni-if it lasts more than 14 hrs., go see Dulcamara.

12. Azucena- marry a good fireman.

13. Simpleton- Run on a third party. You can beat Trump and the rest of them.

14. Klytaemnestra- Join Facebook. We need at least one normal person.

15. Salome- Aw..grow up and use your head.

16. Tosca Shepherd.-if you want to sing Mario some day, ask A-Rod for some good stuff.

17. Violetta- Stay out of the Met.We have enough coughers, and that is Too Bad (TB)

18. Octavian-better see a therapist to find out what gender you prefer ("Why is that lady singing a man,dressing like a lady?")

19. Gutrune- You are really a nice girl.Don't believe Anna Russell when she calls you a Gibitch.

20.  Lousy Manrico- Groucho,Harpo, and Chico will replace you with Michael Fabiano.


I am sure you can add others, unless you are off the same drugs I take.
 
Carlo Pazzo, nel giardino

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   A wonderful Happy New Year to all of you!!!!!!!

  Resolution No.1-More audio podcasts, but the videos are still nice.

                        My best   Charlie

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Again, on Piotr's birthday, I present the kind of singing that I feel is RARE today!!!!!

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This season Piotr interpolated a high C# in the cadenza.......Unfortunately for him, the pole dancer girl who appears at curtain rise was not around.....

 Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Not since my "olden days" have I loved a tenor like. Piotr Beczala.

Birthday is 12/28/1966.

 

Sweetest guy one could know..Loves Gedda,Tauber,Wunderlich..That figures...and I bring him their CD's....

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Just discovered Piero Pretti!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I went PAZZO....with all the extra high notes!!!!!

 

 

Gelb is sleeping...GET HIM!!!!!!!

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For years every time Franco sang that high C on "re-endero" I went nuts...Now,dear Michael Fabiano did the opera.(I had the audio complete, but just found the video of the aria.). Lord!!!! He is so marvelous and now is becoming a world-famous artist.

  Love and success to him!!!!!!

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Enrico and I wish you all the happiest of holidays and I treasure your appreciation for my podcasts.

  I have sent mostly videos lately, but will resume more audios soon.

   From all over the globe, you make me very happy!!!!!

 

    Love     Charlie

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  12/14/1910...Made it to 99!!!

 

At 9:22 chests very high..BUT Fedora chested on the last "Anatema" before :su voi!!" THAT is high!!!!

 

Barbieri texted me and said she STILL would not speak to her "rivale."....even down there...

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THIS is the REAL TOSCA!!!!!!!!

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Any TUCKER is great....but Richard could not play because if he came out with no helmet, the Jet's fans would laugh at the 99 cent toupee........

Great.........I was so thrilled..Next season Arod will sing the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium..three octaves HIGH HIGH HIGH!!!!!

 

Placido may also sing The National Anthem on Sundays...I can hear it now.."Jose, can you see....?"    Go on youtube:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93s9pHGUpjY

 

Any TUCKER is great....but Richard could not play because if he came out with no helmet, the Jet's fans would laugh at the 99 cent toupee........ Great.........I was so thrilled..Next season Arod will sing the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium..three octaves HIGH HIGH HIGH!!!!! Ravens kicker Justin Tucker beautifully sings Ave Maria

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What could be more loving than these two? Rolando is just such a sweetheart and I am glad he is better after some vocal problems.

  Next to him,I always felt calm and reserved....Just such fun always!!!!!!

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How come NO MIMI since Scotto/Soviero..plus Favero,Muzio,Zeani,Albanese,etc..know how to produce emotion and color the voice like Nelly Miricioiu?

  Sweetest,kindest,nicest Facebook friend.....and a lady who should teach Met singers what style is all about.

 

Remember "Ma quando vien lo sgelo" is the highlight!!!!!

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If Callas ONLY did this, you would understand what a genius the lady was. Just seems like she is in "another world."

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Beverly Sills supposedly said she would like 5 years of Callas than 25 years of her!

Take 1949-1955 and a few performances later on, and you are witness to a God-Given artist, who left us so soon.

Dec.2, 1923 is a date we must remember in her honor!!!!

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My friend from Albania discovered Eva Golemi, who has a repertory of 67,936 roles.(See Youtube.) There is some talent here and there..BUT I must say that she has some "problems."

    Also, who are those dancers???The Village People???

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  What could be sweeter??? This is a darling trio!!!!!

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AWESOME!!!!!!   This is just a sensational singer....Where has he been all my life?????

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I have cried here in my favorite film for many years, but now when I look at  Madeline LeBeau's face at "Mugir les feroces soldats." I just cannot stop!!!!

Vive la France!!!!!!

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Weep. weep forever for one of the most beloved artists in opera history, and she knew she was terminal. Nov.14, 1926, Leonie said farewell, but she will never be forgotten.

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This is the REAL Moedl fach, and it is just so moving, but you had to see her live to derive all the pleasure. Just something in my life that never fades.

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I probably have mentioned singers with flaws who can "read the telephone book" and be thrilling. Such was Mme.Moedl, singing a scene from "Bluthochzeit," by Wolfgang Fortner, which is based on Lorca's "Bodas de Sangre"(Blood Wedding), I taught Lorca so I appreciate the concepts.

Gwyneth Jones is also a soprano you sometimes feel is in serious trouble, and yet she is often more amazing than a soprano with better technique.</strong></span></p>

I saw Moedl in the Ring in 1957, and still see her on the stage as the most riveting singer in my life.

Olivia Stapp told me that she saw an Isolde once where she was "voiceless," and yet everyone went crazy!!!!!

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Lucrezia Bori

Hope this works!! Have had computer disasters!!!

 

Lucrezia Bori was a very famous singer. Her name I think was Borgia, and I would not have wanted to eat at her house!

 Here are live scenes from La Rondine w.Mario Chamlee (1934 Chicago), and Manon (1936 Met) with Richard Crooks.   

Hope I can do many more podcasts,before you get frustrated!

Direct download: Bori_Misc.mp3
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She started her career as a member of the chorus with Latvian National Opera in 2001, and in 2003 became a soloist. It was there that she met her future husband, the conductor Andris Nelsons.[2]

She first achieved wider recognition in 2006, when she made her debut at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, followed by debuts at 2008 at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna in 2008 and in October 2010 the Bavarian State Opera in the title role of Dvořák’s Rusalka in a new production directed by Martin Kušej.[2]

In 2011, Opolais made her debut with London's Royal Opera, singing the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, conducted by Nelsons.[3] In 2013, she made her debut at The Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall, singing Verdi and Tchaikovsky arias, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.[3]

On 5 April 2014, with just five and a half hours' notice, Opolais substituted as Mimi in the Metropolitan Opera's matinee performance of Puccini's La Bohème.[4] The substitution was necessitated by the scheduled Anita Hartig being too ill to perform. Although Opolais had performed the role several times in the past, including at the Vienna State Opera, she was currently in the title role of another opera, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and had sung that there for the first time the previous evening. She hadn't fallen asleep until about 5am, when she was woken by a 7:30am phone call asking her to sing again at the 1pm matinee. Opolais is scheduled to perform in the same role in the Metropolitan Opera's 2014/15 season production of La Bohème.[4]

Opolais' singing of Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) with the Met has received positive reviews. The New York Observer noted her "soaring voice and penetrating theatrical presence", and that "she is the most compelling Met Cio-Cio-San since Diana Soviero last sang the role here nearly 20 years ago."[5]

Her Mimi in La Bohème at the Met has also been praised. CDN noted that she "instantly meshed with the existing cast" and "found instant chemistry on stage" and has a "lovely, youthful, effortlessly nuanced voice".[6]

 

What a sweetheart. She is so dear and what a great voice!!!

 

Nov.13

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If I RULED, my first edict would be to order that all experienced opera lovers have the sworn responsability to attempt to awaken others to the values of opera. From my life's experience, I wish to show you examples of how it CAN HAPPEN:

1. I played some videos for a class. They were silent and attentive. Then they wanted to know if Nedda was REALLY dead. No, I informed them that Theresa Stratas did go on to sing for more years. They also (the boys) seemed to enjoy Shirley Verrett's Tosca act two chest..and I do not mean low notes.
  One BRAT deliberatley made comments and faces, but I think he just wanted to be a class troll. I also did not lower his mark..or did I?
  I also deliberately showed them the end of Walkure with all that fire, offering me an opportunity to take the high F# near the end.

  Look, for anything..music,literature,sports,art, etc...the adults need to give their kids a chance to enjoy more than video games, texting, and what goes for music these days.

2.  Mom and her friends, around 1930 or so, "slummed" and saw Walkure at the old Met and she said, "It was a big lady on a little hill."  I looked it up and she might have seen Gertrude Kappel.
  
 However, when dad died, I took her to Traviata. Tebaldi held her hand, and from then on, mom realized that someone with a "Follies background" could eventually tell me she loved Elektra the most, and met Rise, Farrell,Resnik,etc. She also liked Frau, Louise, AND when Corelli and Nilsson ended the "In questa reggia" with that high C, she was breathless.

 Dad did go with me to one opera.It was Trovatore with Rigal,DelMonaco(rarely did Manrico),Merrill, and Barbieri. I seem to recall he enjkoye the "Ai nostri monti theme "at the end of the opera, when it reprises and Azucena sings it. Sadly, dad never got to hear any more opera from the Met or from my singing, but I bet it was "in him" to like it somewhat.
Finally, a friend of my computer expert had said she wanted to sample opera. She is 53, and never ever heard opera. I enjoyed her curiosity and gave her some gifts of DVD's. She LOVED Turandot!!!!!
 
 All we need to do is to expose others to what we enjoy. Some may like, others will not. So what! At least some of the younger (or older) generations can someday say what I say..."I saw Joe Di Maggio!!"
        
 Down with Jay-Z!!!!!!!!  Charlie

 

Will get to audio podcasts soon..making some additions....Non mi abbandonare!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

   Mamma mia!!!!!!   This is amazing!!!!! We do have Andrew Owens and Larry Brownlee who can do stuff like this..but this is truly something....but I still have my high F in the shower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Neighbors saw me in the hall and asked if I had a hernia)

Category:general -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

This hilarious Gianna Rolandi clip reminds me of what we LOST with the demise of NY City Opera!!! If I was Donald Trump II(but nice...even without the hair)...I would revive it...What stars I saw..some never at Met..but what greats:

 

 Sills,Welting,Treigle,Soviero,Stapp,Ramey,Poleri, Verrett,Carron, Galvany,Malfitano, Meier,Bible...and on and on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Computer had more troubles..I should be able to get more podcasts on here soon......

Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

  I would bet you never attended a Tannhauser for the LANDGRAVE!!! Well, even if Melchior and Flagstad were in the cast, you would still thrill to the rich and absolutely superb voice of basso Gunther Groissbock.

   This man recalled to me the likes of Weber,Kipnis,Moll,Pape,Nissen,Frick, and all the wonderful bassos I have heard live or on recordings.

 I urge you to check out more of his singing on Youtube.  Remember, I saw the creator of Hagen!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

  Now Virginia, I always told you that you never come out of "chest voice," but you insist it is "mask.!"

OK.I will accept that definition (but you still sound like Siepi on the bottom notes!!!!)

 

  GOD BLESS MY DARLING FRIEND ON HER 90TH!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

God bless my darling Virginia Zeani on Oct.21, as she turns 90!!!!

No one is dearer to me and those of you who search Youtube will be treated to one of the greatest singers in opera history!!!!!!

 

Love from "Il tuo fratello"    Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

Good for Leyla Gencer's birthday to hear the kind of thrilling singing I miss. They no longer at the Met allow the "avraaaaaaai" to be held, and Gildas are OK...but no one attacks the E flat like Callas,Peters,Hurley,and Leyla!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

Direct download: leyla_and_me.jpg
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am EDT

I adored this great lady!!! Tremendous variety of roles and amazing feeling for the line and the text.

We gave her a party in 1972 and she signed my "Gencer Pirated Recording Card."

 Callas may have been "deeper," but Gencer for me was able to last very long, despite a few "gulps."

  Bless her memory!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

This season the Met premieres this gorgeous work, completing the "Queen Trilogy."   Beverly Sills was the last soprano in NY to perform it, and Sondra Radvanovsky should be superb.

However, not enough people recognize the magnificence of dear Olivia Stapp (image not great), who should be better known, like so many others I present. She is also a dear person and now works with inner-city kids and is loved by all!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT

Leyla Gencer was born on Oct.10, 1928. One of the great ladies of opera, the "Queen of the Pirates." She and Shirley Verrett burn up the stage. The audience loves "PIE!"

This Maria Stuarda Confrontation Scene is amazing!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

How low can you get?? This guy is just amazing!

If you are a serious collector, you can go to a site called:   www//78 heaven where you will find rare material,such as this.

The narrator is a bit on the "countertenor" side.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

When I did a mini-class for Dolora's students, I asked her how she felt singing this glorious music.

 She replied, "I am interested in getting the notes out!!"  

 We take so much for granted..they SUFFER for us!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT

Another tenor who is superb???? I can't take it

anymore..although we still need some

Manricos,Otellos,etc..but this guy is wonderful,

Category:general -- posted at: 12:37am EDT

http://piotrbeczala.com/media/video/

 

 

The great guy!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm EDT

http://piotrbeczala.com/media/video/

 

 

....and who deserves it more??????

Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

  Born on Oct.2, 1890, Groucho (and his brothers) were legendary and opera was never so much fun!!!!!  (with Margaret Dumont, of course.)

   Bless his memory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT

Here are 37 examples of the great Rigoletto moment, courtesy of "Coloratura Fan," a marvelous contributor to our entertainment.

 Please get someone to do this with you, and forward the clip to me so I can play it for Lucic and Lungu.

   I still have the A flat...in the shower!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

Michael Corvino sings this inspiring and heart-wrenching song from "The Most Happy Fella."

  Last thing (Robert Weede) my ma and dad saw before he passed away..so it has a special nostalgic memory for me.

Michael is just magnificent here and we know him as a beautiful, warm human being as well!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT

Bryan Hymel Heroique Album

On occasion, a brilliant artist comes along and thrills audiences all over the globe. Here are three excerpts from tenor Bryan Hymel's Album entitled "Heroique."

The operas are: Vepres Siciliennes, Les Troyens (where he made a Met debut on short notice and was a sensation. See Youtube), and Queen of Sheba.

 Buy the whole album!!!!  As usual, I only give you excerpts, since I  would not want him to lose royalties. He is too nice a guy!

Direct download: Hymel_Fr.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

GREATEST performance in my life.I have been to over 700 opera performances, The screaming at the end was FOREVER!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am EDT

  I hope you enjoy dear Irina in Nabucco. Honestly, I think I pick the right divas.  Wonderful lady!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

Just got a call from dear Irina Rindzuner, on the way back to Europe, where she has been a brilliant success in Nabucco,Dutchman,Turandot,Aida,Trovatore,etc.

I "discovered' her as Santuzza in the now defunct City Opera, and we became friends.

  How can you eat with all that screaming? It should have been in a Chinese restaurant!!! She sure sings with plenty of MSG!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

The MIRACLE of opera!!!!!!!!!   and FUN!!!!!

 

In person, she drowned out ten jet planes!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:38pm EDT

Stockholm Opera 1978. Berislav Klobucar conducts:
Birgit Nilsson ( Färberin - Dyer's Wife)
Rolf Jupither ( Färber Barak - Dyer)
Barbro Ericson (Amme - Nurse)
Siv Wennberg (Kaiserin - Empress)
Matti Kastu (Kaiser - Emperor)

 

 

Great cast!!!!! I adored Ericson as Fricka..but she never stayed!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

Had not seen this in a while...She used to slowly rise out of the chair on "Ma,quando vien lo sgelo,"come forward slowly, and when she got to the top note, the Met SHOOK!!!

You cannot tell from records!!!!! My tears just started to flow,remembering what she was to me personally and to all of us "kids" Nostra MADRE!!!!

I carry with me the beautiful memory of Renata and will always remember how she was with her "children."

Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am EDT


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