Mon, 21 April 2008
Highlights from this magnificent work (Charlie's second favorite opera).
We feature Birgit Nilsson, Leonie Rysanek,Regina Resnik,
Olivia Stapp,Martha Moedl, Inge Borkh, Gwyneth Jones,
Margarete Klose, Johanna Meier, Ute Vinzing, Herman Uhde.
Direct download: 2008-04-21-11-32-41.mp3
-- posted at: 11:56am EDT
Mon, 14 April 2008
A selection of unusual material for you to GUESS! I hope you have fun with this venture into some of the oddities in the opera world.
Direct download: 2008-04-14-18-27-23.mp3
-- posted at: 6:45pm EDT
Tue, 8 April 2008
NOT FOR PURISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lowlights from the Die Walkure performance at the
legendary La Puma Opera Company, circa 1965. The
great Olive Middleton stars as Sieglinde and the inevitable
bass-baritone Mario Leone is the Wotan.
REMEMBER! I WARNED YOU!!!!
(33 glorious minutes)
Direct download: 2008-04-08-02-15-51.mp3
-- posted at: 2:25am EDT
Sun, 6 April 2008
Some of you may have heard this clip, but it is so bizarre I
felt COMPELLED to upload it as a single podcast clip. I was
seated in the New York State Theatre at the debut of soprano
Ashley Putnam as Violetta, when, as you will hear, just before
tenor Henry Price was about to sing his act two aria, some insane
lady (as we later learned) let out a bloodcurdling Elektra geschrei
and ran out of the theatre.
The man next to me exclaimed, "Oh my Goddd!" as you
will hear. To this day, we never learned what motivated this
nutcase...but at least we have a "treasured memory" that will
I used to play this clip for my schoolkids and they demanded
I play it over and over..some of them would even run up to
the CD player to hear the scream loud in their little ears.
So..you thought opera people (beside me,of course)
Direct download: 2008-04-06-23-45-31.mp3
-- posted at: 11:45pm EDT
Thu, 3 April 2008
The first podcast dedicated to the art of the legendary
Maria Callas. Selections include scenes from:
Aida, Tosca, Norma, Nabucco, Aroldo, Armida,
Gianni Schicchi, Abduction from the Seraglio,
Andrea Chenier, Lucia, Tristan und Isolde, Gioconda,
Vespri Siciliani, plus the Proch Variations and Callas"
Farewell to her Julliard Students
Direct download: 2008-04-03-22-49-43.mp3
-- posted at: 11:08pm EDT
Sat, 29 March 2008
Highlights from a marvelous 1968 performance of Verdi's
"Luisa Miller," featuring Richard Tucker, Montserrat Caballe,
Sherrill Milnes, Giorgio Tozzi, and Ezio Flagello, conducted by
Direct download: 2008-03-29-22-15-50.mp3
-- posted at: 10:35pm EDT
Mon, 24 March 2008
A Compilation of famous tenors of the "Golden Eras" in opera:
Pertile,Martinelli, Gigli, Bjoerling, Schipa, Thill, Slezak,
Devries, Bonci, Tauber, Zanelli, Patzak, Sobinov,
Smirnov, Tamagno, Clement.
Direct download: 2008-03-24-22-04-31.mp3
-- posted at: 10:20pm EDT
Sun, 23 March 2008
Scenes from Manon, Il Tabarro, Tales of Hoffman, and
Roberto Devereux featuring Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo.
Direct download: 2008-03-23-20-35-14.mp3
-- posted at: 8:52pm EDT
Fri, 14 March 2008
I am too ancient to remember exactly what most singers sounded like to my virgin ears when I first heard them live. Remember, we had very few recordings..no "pirates" and were extremely limited, so when a fabulous voice was heard for the very first time, in some cases there was an indelible impression. For me, the totally "unknown' voices were those of Antonietta Stella (Aida), Daniele Barioni (Tosca), Diana Soviero (Boheme). Also, although we had heard only a few early Tebaldi recordings, and NO ONE was prepared for what that voice sounded like live.
More recently, I was captivated by soprano Irina Rindzuner (in photo) as Santuzza in the City Opera Cavalleria. As she began the "Innegiamo" my ears perked up and i said to myself.."Mamma mia!!!" (Go to her Fanciullas at Da Capo in April.).
Can you recall your first impression of some of the great voices and give us some details? Also, can you recall the exact opposite (i.e. a voice you adored on recordings and in person with which you were much less impressed (Jan Peerce for me.)
Direct download: 2006-09-27-10-36-24.mp3
-- posted at: 12:58am EDT
Tue, 11 March 2008
My tribute to Aprile Millo, one of the finest (and nicest) artists I have
had the pleasure of hearing. I present her in scenes from:
Trovatore, Fanciulla, Rusalka, Andrea Chenier, Luisa Miller,
La Gioconda, Adriana Lecouvreur,Tosca, and I Lombardi.
Also joining Mme.Millo in these scenes are Dolora Zajick,
Marcello Giordani, Vladimir Atlantov, Taro Ichihara,and
Direct download: 2008-03-11-02-56-29.mp3
-- posted at: 3:15am EDT