Terrible tragedy to lose

two great artists whom I

knew.I write to Giordani's

widow and always remember

dear Marcello and Hvorostovsky's

kisses on my cheeks.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:20am EDT

   Wonderful traditional

Met Lucia..ORRRRRORE!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

One does not have to sound

like Birgit Nilsson to be a

great star. Regina Resnik's

teacher was Giuseppe Danise,

married to Sayao.One night,at

a Resnik Gioconda,Sayao spent

the whole intermission with us.

A DELIGHT!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:08am EDT

At a tragic time, let us

bless the people who are

suffering in Ukrainia.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

Some of you may be

acquainted with the

insane delusional people

on X-factor or American

Idol auditions. I watch more

Youtube because of the COVID.

I feel so NORMAL!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I am told that Norwegian

soprano Lise Davidsen is

 new special star.

 

I have posted so much

over the years,I may do

some repeats..Well,who

remembers???

Category:general -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT

Happy Mothers' Day!

I am glad my mommy did

not throw me into the

fire.

 

 

Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

My darling friend,Diana Soviero

turned 80 Mar.19..like her Romeo,

Alberto Cupido...and my favorite

diva....my mother..Bless her!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

  No more singers..let us just

SHOCK the public!!!!

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

  BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I will post more..Have

been busy....

Category:general -- posted at: 9:03pm EDT

  For me...the most

wonderful lady!!!!!

I knew Tebaldi...and I

guess I am blessed..but

I never met Magda...still

the lady was for me...special

Category:general -- posted at: 9:49pm EDT

Only 96...and I know

she sang like this

over 100!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

GIUSTO CIELO!!!!

The greatest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBU1HmANoHw

Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

  I know  Magda's caretaker,

and he said she sang around

the house after 100!.She was

a miracle in the lives of

hose who appreciate great

emotion in opera/

Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

When she uttered the words

"Loris,ove sei" when I saw

her...it was as if the entire

theatre SHOOK!!!  Not a

"Tebaldi voice" but like

Zeani,Muzio,Soviero,Favero,

she was all heart and soul!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

All one must do is to listen

to MY TAPE of the Olivero

Met 4/3/75 debut...at 65.

NO ONE like her. I used to

call her on birthdays...and

I consider her totally one of

the greatest singers EVER!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

Many theatres are

playing this!!! I am

so sorry for the

people and wish

these courageous

people my LOVE!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:56pm EDT

Not since my Tebaldi Met

Aida,has anyone been as

LOUD as the great Dolora!

Brava and happy birthday@@

Category:general -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

There is just so much music

in life..I really had not seen

Diana's great Butterfly.I  have

to find the cast. I did send

flowers and champagne for

the 80th birthday Mar.19.I

still consider the greatest since

Tebaldi, who did once kiss her.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

I have never booed..even Baum.

Look..the Met hired him. Last

week a guy yelled at Brenda

Rae during the Zerbinetta

aria.."You have no technique."

They threw him out...but we

know of the loggionisti at

Scala and other people doing

things LIVE..I was too shy and

never yelled at Zinka that her

kicking her train and dust in

act two Tosca made me cough!!

VAT????  You BUM!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

When Dolora had me do a mini

Handelman master class for

her students,knowing I knew

the "good stuff," I said to her,

"It must be some great thrill

to sing the Judgement Scene!!"

Answer:"I just want to get the

notes out!!!!"

I made one Facebook post that

was rejected and so I am forced

HAPPILY to drive you crazy

much more,until they let me

post..GREAT FOR YOU!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

Martha Moedl had 3/22 birthday

and Alfred Poell was 3/18. I can

still SEE Moedl in 1957 in Walkure.

Had some flaws...but for me a

great MIRACLE!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:20am EDT

Who sings like this anymore????

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

On March 19, my darling

friend Diana Soviero turns

80..One of the greatest in

my life..When I called her

Tebaldi TWO..she said that

Renata once kissed her..Figures.

The 3/13/77 Mimi was a sensation

and we are friends forever..and

my mother, the other diva in my

life shares Mar.19!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

Just play the end of act 2

of this.I saw it in 1966.The

cast was sensational,but

at act 2 end,Ludwig was

stupendous!!!Bless her!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:14pm EDT

Ask me what was the

greatest perf.of my life.

It was 1966 Met Frau.where

Ludwig was a phenomenon!!!

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

Meester Baum, vy vas it

necessary to make Meester

Handelman to see you so

much..vell, it vas because

it vas with me...too much.

Sorry you suffered so much!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm EDT

We just lost one of the

greatest singers I ever

heard..It was 1956, and I still

remember that great voice

in her Met Aida debut.I

adored her so much!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

May we all hope and

pray for the great

people of the Ukraine.

Many countries are

singing their anthem

and feeling great

sympathy for these

courageous people.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:45pm EDT

On the great Eva Turner's

birthday...3/10/1892,here

are some great ladies in

Tosca.I saw Milanov,Callas,

Olivero,Tebaldi,Crespin,

Dessi,Radvanovsky,Galvany,

Roberti,Meier,Rigal,Nilsson,

Kirsten, and the GREAT

Olive Middleton...and a few

more

Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT

The next time I see my friend

Sondra Radvanovsky,I will

ask her how she could get

involved in this TRAVESTY!

It is even worse than the

Bieito Toilet bowl Ballo.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

Are you tired of my all-time

favorite singer? I saw Zinka

88 times, and despite Baum,

it was in my opera life,the

greatest time...standing and

freezing!!!!  Bless her!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

Sweetest,nicest lady.

Nelly is so special and

in the class of Zeani,

Olivero,Favero,Soviero.Also,

Romanians are helping the

Ukrainian refugees.

Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

  On March 19th, my darling

friend Diana Soviero will be

80...and her Romeo,Alberto

Cupido will have his birthday.

When I met Diana at a great

Boheme in 1977, and sent her

the tape...she called me to

thank me on MARCH 19..

My MOTHER'S BIRTHDAY!

Two great divas in my life!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm EDT

Remembering the famous

Mark Reizen,Ukranian basso.

May we all praise the most

courageous people of Ukrania

in a time of their suffering!

 

Category:general -- posted at: 5:55pm EDT

   Of all the singers I have

seen live..Tucker remains

the greatest tenor for me.

I write to his sons often and

am happy to have thrilled to

his great voice.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

I BET most of you guys

(girls??) have sung this.

I tried!!!! The greatest in

my life...and only B flat

was GINO PENNO!!!

I once taped 31 of them

LIVE...and then I did no.

31...I think I used an

umbrella for a sword.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT

   Our hearts go out to the

people of the Ukraine!!!

Bless them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:01pm EDT

NO ONE can tell me that Caruso

was not the GOD of singing. My

teacher,Jerry Lo Monaco,told me

That his teacher,Mr.Stanley,said

we only get 1/3!!!!!!!   If he had

lived,imagine  LIVE stuff!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

I met Diana Soviero on 3/13/77

and to this day I still say

she is Tebaldi TWO! She turns

80 on Mar.19 (my mother's

birthday!!)...Still has a  voice

and renowned teacher.

  My life has been so treasurable

knowing her!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

https://www.facebook.com/groups/467019241766609

https://www.facebook.com/groups/467019241766609

Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

Many years ago, a student in

my Spanish class said that

his aunt sang opera.(BIG DEAL?)

It turned out to be a wonderful

singer and later a friend.I miss

her...wonderful lady!!!!

One of my many many groups

deals with singers not really

that well-known.Want the URL?

I will send it...Placido21@aol.com

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

  I am in touch with Magda's

caretaker..He says she sang

around the house after 100.

She made it to 104, and I feel

she was one of the all-time

opera miracles!!! I called her

every birthday to hear that

"Verismo Italian."

Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

My dear friends,

Those computer glitches

had plagued me, but I

think things are better. You have

been so loyal over the years

(over 2 million hits) and I wish

to keep going. The Pandemic

is to blame for my creating

many facebook groups.Also,

you may get in touch by going to

https://facebook.com/handelmani/

If you wish to chat,I can tell you the

URLS of some of the groups.

Stay Safe..and MASKED!!!!

  Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

Computer glitches delayed

me in celebrating the 100th

birthday (2/1/22) of my darling

friend and LEGENDARY  artist.

Little did we know.at her Met debut

on 1/31/55..that when we met her,

it was he BIRTHDAY. I called Italy

on Feb.1...Words fail me....My second

madre...Mom met her and she always

said, "Com'e la madre?" The last high

note in the Butterfly addio once caused

a friend to accidentally hit me in the

ribs in standing room..I almost fell!

She broke the roof of the MET! I

could go on forever..my beloved

Renata....adored forever!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT

Bravo,Marcello!!!!!

 

You had a great D!!!~

Category:general -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

As with almost every great

singer, you HAD TO BE THERE

LIVE....and Marcello was just

an amazing artist. I saw him in

Francesca,Edgar,Boheme,

Butterfly,Adriana,Tosca,

Pirata, Fanciulla (Zeani came)

and a master class.

Non posso scordare il

mio caro amico.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

On this day, 1/25..I remember

with great affection, my dear

late friend, 1963..Marcello was

more than a great singer...with

that kind of "squillo" that was

so absent recently...he was  such a

kind man, and today I think of

him so fondly.   Con mio amore.

    Carlo.....

Category:general -- posted at: 5:33pm EDT

  For anyone who has been

living on another planet,I

present my birthday present to

myself(and Placido). You HAD

TO BE THERE!!!! 

Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm EDT

Feliz Cumpleanos!!!

Usted y yo celebramos

el 21 de enero. Can you

spare a few dollars???

Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT

On Jan.21, we celebrate the

birthdays of two of the most

famous stars of opera. One is

a true baritone, y muy pobre.

El otro es un poco rico, y piensa

que es baritono.. But Placido is

a great artist, and we may go

sin mascaras a la fuente en

Lincoln Centro y vamos a nadar,

cantando en celebracion!!

 Soy un poco loco hoy...

Solamente hoy????

Category:general -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

Not bad,Loretta.I do

hope you and Franco

are not having any more

spaghetti fights (with

sauce) in cielo.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT

It was 1962..First time

I heard this opera. I went

nuts with everyone.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT

They all sing it..So sick

of it...you must now hear

Sirach von Bodengraven,

from Denmark,where there

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:13pm EDT

Happy New Year. Had a

few computer glitches

so hope to post more soon.

Stay Safe!!!! Love Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 11:03pm EDT

  To all you wonderful

people..I wish you a

Happy Holiday. If my

dear Renata was here,

she would wish you the

best....a lady whom I loved

so much.   Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

We just lost this great

lady..The vocal production

is a bit "eccentric." but

she was amazing in many ways

and sang up to 73.

Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

We tore programs at the

Met after Tebaldi and

Guelfi in Fanciulla. Her

"tre assi e un paio" was

scary!!!!  I adore Barioni.

He is about 91.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

In my life...TWO

SINGERS I have never

seen are my loves!!!!

Caruso and Lehmann.

This selection makes me

cwazy!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

I only saw my fav.singer

88 times. NO ONE ever

thrilled me like Zinka.

"Vell..Novun ees better!!!"

Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm EDT

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:15pm EDT

  He DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Really Lovable!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

Discovered a wonderful

Argentinian diva!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

Enrico and I wish you

all a wonderful Holiday.

Life has been hard these

days and I hope you are

all well. Love, Carlo

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

Nice to have a new Facebook

Wagnerian friend.

Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

   I came out of retirement...

Was Callas better????????

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

Maria Callas, 12/2/23
We never knew of the fabulous "Pirates" from 1949-1955,etc. when one day at a party with Maestro Armen Boyajian,Paul Plishka,Franco Gratale,etc... someone had a very poor sounding end of Aida act 2 with CALLAS taking E flat...Che cosa???? We went NUTS!!! I forget if the "second Mexico E flat lady" was there....Marisa Galvany,who did a "Second Callas" (E flats were unheard of in those days in Aida.)
We had heard many of the Angel commercial recordings, but there were no "pirates" to speak of at that time. Now we know her entire output(well,Loretta Corelli did have Fedora....but we never got it.)
However, as much as I knew of Callas, the 1956 Met debut was a disaster...I was shocked! Happily,in 1958 the Lucias and Traviatas were far better...but really the 1949-1955 "skinny" performances were to me a positive sensation....in ALL opera...and she could have done almost every role..imagine "Elektra!!"
Mme.de Hidalgo did not do quite enough, because the tremolo was there...but not bad until the later part of her career, and to me some singing (Poliuto)was almost unlistenable, despite the great artistry.
I love Moedl, Gencer, and other "flawed" sopranos, but when it come to the last note of the Cenerentola aria,I shudder......however, I would be a fool to deny the sensational lady's gift to opera, despite the well-known vocal problems.(and Onassis did not help.)
I always quote J.B. Steane's detailed account of her "Casta Diva" in "The Grand Tradition."...."As if in a trance..." We weigh vocal flaws differently....no question that she could be (for me) a disaster on top later on, but I forgive Moedl..don't I????
What we know is that,despite the controversies,the lady ranks Numero UNO to those who appreciate what she achieved....and on her birthday....so sad to think of her very early end.....we must treasure the great Maria....who loved to run home to watch "I love Lucia..Lucy.before VCR's!!!)
God bless her memory forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maria Callas, 12/2/23 We never knew of the fabulous "Pirates" from 1949-1955,etc. when one day at a party with Maestro Armen Boyajian,Paul Plishka,Franco Gratale,etc... someone had a very poor sounding end of Aida act 2 with CALLAS taking E flat...Che cosa???? We went NUTS!!! I forget if the "second Mexico E flat lady" was there....Marisa Galvany,who did a "Second Callas" (E flats were unheard of in those days in Aida.) We had heard many of the Angel commercial recordings, but there were no "pirates" to speak of at that time. Now we know her entire output(well,Loretta Corelli did have Fedora....but we never got it.) However, as much as I knew of Callas, the 1956 Met debut was a disaster...I was shocked! Happily,in 1958 the Lucias and Traviatas were far better...but really the 1949-1955 "skinny" performances were to me a positive sensation....in ALL opera...and she could have done almost every role..imagine "Elektra!!" Mme.de Hidalgo did not do quite enough, because the tremolo was there...but not bad until the later part of her career, and to me some singing (Poliuto)was almost unlistenable, despite the great artistry. I love Moedl, Gencer, and other "flawed" sopranos, but when it come to the last note of the Cenerentola aria,I shudder......however, I would be a fool to deny the sensational lady's gift to opera, despite the well-known vocal problems.(and Onassis did not help.) I always quote J.B. Steane's detailed account of her "Casta Diva" in "The Grand Tradition."...."As if in a trance..." We weigh vocal flaws differently....no question that she could be (for me) a disaster on top later on, but I forgive Moedl..don't I???? What we know is that,despite the controversies,the lady ranks Numero UNO to those who appreciate what she achieved....and on her birthday....so sad to think of her very early end.....we must treasure the great Maria....who loved to run home to watch "I love Lucia..Lucy.before VCR's!!!) God bless her memory forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:25pm EDT

I am so sick of everyone

singing this aria..but at

least someone can sing

it "differently." Gli enigmi

sono tre..Lui e pazzo!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT

The other day I said to

Galvany,since her daughter

is not an opera lover, "If

my mommy had an E flat

I would be thrilled." No, it

is not to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:33pm EDT

Olivia Stapp told me that

she attended an Isolde in

Germany where Moedl was

just about voiceless;yet, the

audience went wild... I can

understand this..For me,

if she read the Hamburg

Telephone Directory, I would

adore it.

Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

Very few artists have thrilled

me as much as Martha Moedl.

From 1957 Walkure,I will

never forget her!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

Is he really a counter-tenor,

or perhaps a soprano or mezzo.

I wrote him and told him he

should sing Norma!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

We do not have this kind

of singing today!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:55pm EDT

A darling friend for 55 years.

A GREAT artist, but was a

"controversial" singer, and did

not get proper recognition>I

tell you..audiences went wild!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm EDT

I have put so much material

here.I hope I do not

repeat, but there are those

who have not seen all the

material. Galvany still has a D!

Harry was such fun, and dear

Sam is still so popular, and there

is a group in his honor. I am honored

to have sung with him.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm EDT

The late amazing Edita

who sang all the way

to 73. A great star!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

Dear Virginia turned 96 last

month.One of the greats and

a dear friend.."La mia sorella.".

Note: I am catching up

on posting for you!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:25am EDT

I spoke to Galvany today.

She still has a D!!! Sam has

been close for years, and

Harry was so much fun.

 Life must go one...we are

all getting ancient!!! Ramey

name left off!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:19am EDT

I think that now Franco and

Loretta are having another

spaghetti fight (with sauce)

in CIELO!!!   They had to

re-decorate the hotel room.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:07am EDT

Quite an amazing singer.

Not really the usual

countertenor...quite

wonderful. I bet Marilyn

Horne loves it.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

I know I am a crab,but

I think I know the difference

between this and most of

singers of today!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm EDT

Not my friend Marisa Galvany.

Maria is really an oddity,but

quite amazing!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

DISCOVERY!!!!Not really

a typical countertenor.

Reminds me of how I sang

along with Caterina Mancini

at age 16.They almost called the

police!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

Not in love with the staccati,

but a fine artist.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT

Michael is a special guy.He

is one of the throwbacks to

my all-time favorites, and a

very nice guy.

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

Wonderful high tenors

we adore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

Talk about excitement!

We do not have any Leonie's

today..(or Corellis,or Gobbis, or

the kind of excitement we loved.

Category:general -- posted at: 8:43am EDT

The most incredibly exciting Leonie

made her farewell, knowing the end

was near. How we adored her!!

I had fallen so did not sit here

and post,but will catch up. I now

have 24 groups on Facebook and

if you wish links, E-mail me at

Placido21@aol.com. Be well in

this difficult time.  Charlie

Category:general -- posted at: 8:36am EDT

Here is the birthday boy

telling the Dallas audience

to SHUT UP..I agree;I hate

coughers.The opera was

DRISTAN. Someone needed

VICKS cough drops.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

  I hope you enjoy my dear

Virginia, one of opera's

great ladies. She sang over

70 roles, from Lucia to Aida

and Senta and a huge variety

of roles, and she still sings a

few high notes on the phone.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT

On October 21, we will

celebrate the 96th birthday

of my darling friend, the

wonderful Virginia Zeani.

I never have enough words

to express my love for this

wonderful lady, and one of

the great artists of opera.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

How many singers can last

as long as the late great Edita

Gruberova? She did have a rather

"eccentric" vocal technique, but

she achieved greatness, and we

think affectionately of a great

lady who "let it all hang out."

Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

Because I watch more TV,

and have Apple TV with my

Youtube, I have been watching

some real JUNK....sometimes

there is an opera person, but

mostly insane delusional people,

some of whom become FURIOUS

at losing. This is not opera,but I

wanted you to see that some

people (even opera singers) do not

realize they are unbearable.

 

 

Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

Nostalgia!!! Bergonzi is 72.

Friends Millo and Plishka

and others I miss.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am EDT

I call my dear Virginia

to see how she is.She is

95,in a Florida facility.

One of the greats!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:16am EDT

Better than a few Met

singers..No names!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

Love German baritones and

basses. More people should

go to Youtube and/or Google

and discover them.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Loved her in Louise.

Poor thing died of Covid.

One of the fine sopranos.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

Catching up on some

birthdays,etc. Will do

more and thanks for

your patience.

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


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