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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

We do not have this kind

of singing today!!!

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

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 EST

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 EST

The late amazing Edita

who sang all the way

to 73. A great star!!!

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

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

Quite an amazing singer.

Not really the usual

countertenor...quite

wonderful. I bet Marilyn

Horne loves it.

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

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 EST

Not my friend Marisa Galvany.

Maria is really an oddity,but

quite amazing!!!!

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

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 EST

Not in love with the staccati,

but a fine artist.

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

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 EST

Wonderful high tenors

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

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

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

  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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

Nostalgia!!! Bergonzi is 72.

Friends Millo and Plishka

and others I miss.

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

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 EST

Better than a few Met

singers..No names!!!

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

Love German baritones and

basses. More people should

go to Youtube and/or Google

and discover them.

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

Loved her in Louise.

Poor thing died of Covid.

One of the fine sopranos.

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

Catching up on some

birthdays,etc. Will do

more and thanks for

your patience.

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

On Cornell MacNeil's

birthday, 9/24/22,let us

remember how we went

NUTS!!!!!

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

On Angela's birthday

(9/7/65) I post when

she met my darling Virginia.

They are very close!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

For YEARS I have heard in

my ear Daniele Barioni

in the Butterfly section

at 29:40,where that middle

voice rivals Carreras,Gigli,

Di Stefano,Schmidt. Also

my adored Stella is the

soprano.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am EST

There are FIVE tenors

in my life whom I saw live

which I adored:Corelli,

Del Monaco;Tucker;Bergonzi

AND Daniele Barioni...such

a gorgeous voice..sometimes

pushed, but love the voice.

Of course, I do not want to

forget Beczala,Gedda,etc..but

I wanted to list five.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am EST

Pardon me...The post on opera

pirate craziness came out 2 times

by accident..and I have to

learn how to edit better.will do.

Hope you enjoyed it....

https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ALeKk004mBsAWECrB3UuI8f6aJ2sm61fnQ:1604156109463&q=zinka+milanov+rare+footage&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj4_8WYi9_sAhXJUt8KHdXuCfkQ1QIoAXoECCsQAg&biw=941&bih=626 FACT...Not opinion...... Anyone who cannot hear her greatness (even at 57) is DEAF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:01am EST

 

I Pirati..but not Bellini
 
I must tell you some tales of how crazy tape-pirates suffered and strained and might have gone to Alcatraz. You may know some stories..but they are TRUE...and often hilarious..Ok..Here goes..I am in a good mood since Cole struck out 15 Angels.
 
1. After meeting the great Soviero, I bought a Phallic microphone and so she was able to hear herself LIVE at City Opera.
 
2. Speaking of "Phallic," a friend was taping in Philadelphia opera from the orchestra..with the mike in his lap,pointing UP..Suddenly,the lady next to him did a "double take," thinking for a moment he was..... (No..he was not a standee).
 
3. Someone hung a mike on a wire down from a balcony!!!! Someone else pressed the wrong button on the machine (open reel then) for act 2..but got the end of act one..LOUD!
 
4. I had trouble at Olivero's Met debut,finding an empty bathroom stall..everyone was changing reels....Also, Carnegie finally clamped down on the Queler p[irates and one guy came out of the stall and his machine was confiscated!!!!!
 
5. Caballe knew her friends were taping..She got to the encores at a recital..and waited till then turned over the cassette. A friend, Bob Fazio, who used to make fun of German, until her married ONE...started to turn over a cassette at a pause in the Sacred silent Fischer-Dieskau Recital (YOU VILLL nicht breathe!!!!) and some people (from the Producers??) looked at him as if he vas Churchill!!!!!
 
6. I was late a few seconds for Act 3 of a Rigoletto(Pavarotti,Sutherland,Milnes) and you hear for a few seconds my word........well...it was really annoying to tape live...you had to concentrate on the dials, the mike not being seen (black thin cloth over it), not being reported (one lady did it once to me in a Mefistofele..but I then turned it back on.)
 
7. At a recent Netrebko Carnegie recital..I SWEAR a Russian lady,connected to MOSCOW, hld up her cell phone....!!!!!
 
8. Speaking of being nuts to tape...the Quler pirates made sure they sat in the front center of Carnegie to get the best sound for their future LP's of the Queler Performances. One night a trickster, during an intermission, HID one guy's machine..also another guy yelled from the balcony..Hey, Did you get a good tape!
 
9. One man became a MUMMY for a Carnegie Recital and placed mikes in between his two armpits (STEREO).. No breathing....
 
10. They once rigged up a machine in the car in the garage next to Carnegie with wireless capabilities to the person's Carnegie machine...but on the tape..you hear.."Hey, Joe...where should we park it?)
 
As Anna Russell said, "I'm not making this up, you know!!!!!!!
 
Who tapes now??No Zinka..no Baum...and even though you can tape VIDEO.....so much is on Youtube...you just have to relax and enjoy the opera,withoput worrying you will end up like Al Capone.
 
 
I thought of two more:
 
So as not to loose music,the trick was to quickly,at the end of a reel, put the empty one in your TEETH and hold the other and turn....BUT one night at Carnegie...it slipped out of a guy's mouth..and the reel went up the aisle..bump...bump...bump...
 
By the way,,,,every single singer LOVED Pirates..maybe a rumor of one or two objecting...but Rosen spread Carreras..I spread Soviero and Galvany...but i nevr got a PENNY from those cheapies.
 
One little tidbit..It may have nothing to do with taping....
Above Armen Boyajian's Manhattan opera apartment and studio, one of the pirates was murdered by his boyfriend....
 
Gee..maybe they should have put out some live tape of
 
"La Morte di La Pirata" decomposed by Giuseppe Finocchio.
 
 
 
 

I Pirati..but not Bellini I must tell you some tales of how crazy tape-pirates suffered and strained and might have gone to Alcatraz. You may know some stories..but they are TRUE...and often hilarious..Ok..Here goes..I am in a good mood since Cole struck out 15 Angels. 1. After meeting the great Soviero, I bought a Phallic microphone and so she was able to hear herself LIVE at City Opera. 2. Speaking of "Phallic," a friend was taping in Philadelphia opera from the orchestra..with the mike in his lap,pointing UP..Suddenly,the lady next to him did a "double take," thinking for a moment he was..... (No..he was not a standee). 3. Someone hung a mike on a wire down from a balcony!!!! Someone else pressed the wrong button on the machine (open reel then) for act 2..but got the end of act one..LOUD! 4. I had trouble at Olivero's Met debut,finding an empty bathroom stall..everyone was changing reels....Also, Carnegie finally clamped down on the Queler p[irates and one guy came out of the stall and his machine was confiscated!!!!! 5. Caballe knew her friends were taping..She got to the encores at a recital..and waited till then turned over the cassette. A friend, Bob Fazio, who used to make fun of German, until her married ONE...started to turn over a cassette at a pause in the Sacred silent Fischer-Dieskau Recital (YOU VILLL nicht breathe!!!!) and some people (from the Producers??) looked at him as if he vas Churchill!!!!! 6. I was late a few seconds for Act 3 of a Rigoletto(Pavarotti,Sutherland,Milnes) and you hear for a few seconds my word........well...it was really annoying to tape live...you had to concentrate on the dials, the mike not being seen (black thin cloth over it), not being reported (one lady did it once to me in a Mefistofele..but I then turned it back on.) 7. At a recent Netrebko Carnegie recital..I SWEAR a Russian lady,connected to MOSCOW, hld up her cell phone....!!!!! 8. Speaking of being nuts to tape...the Quler pirates made sure they sat in the front center of Carnegie to get the best sound for their future LP's of the Queler Performances. One night a trickster, during an intermission, HID one guy's machine..also another guy yelled from the balcony..Hey, Did you get a good tape! 9. One man became a MUMMY for a Carnegie Recital and placed mikes in between his two armpits (STEREO).. No breathing.... 10. They once rigged up a machine in the car in the garage next to Carnegie with wireless capabilities to the person's Carnegie machine...but on the tape..you hear.."Hey, Joe...where should we park it?) As Anna Russell said, "I'm not making this up, you know!!!!!!! Who tapes now??No Zinka..no Baum...and even though you can tape VIDEO.....so much is on Youtube...you just have to relax and enjoy the opera,withoput worrying you will end up like Al Capone. I thought of two more: So as not to loose music,the trick was to quickly,at the end of a reel, put the empty one in your TEETH and hold the other and turn....BUT one night at Carnegie...it slipped out of a guy's mouth..and the reel went up the aisle..bump...bump...bump... By the way,,,,every single singer LOVED Pirates..maybe a rumor of one or two objecting...but Rosen spread Carreras..I spread Soviero and Galvany...but i nevr got a PENNY from those cheapies. One little tidbit..It may have nothing to do with taping.... Above Armen Boyajian's Manhattan opera apartment and studio, one of the pirates was murdered by his boyfriend.... Gee..maybe they should have put out some live tape of "La Morte di La Pirata" decomposed by Giuseppe Finocchio.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:02am EST

 More later for Regina....8/30/22

 

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

Category:general -- posted at: 9:06am EST

    Wonderful Cast!!!!!

 

Love you,Paul!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vv978POJRE

Category:general -- posted at: 8:09pm EST

    Paul surely sang with

the BEST!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:57pm EST

It was 1961. I made my

debut with Paul Plishka

in Forza Marchese,Melitone).

Look who made it???? Paul has

been a great singer, despite \

some severe tragedies in the

family.   Love you,dear Paul!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:55pm EST

Nothing terrible about

some modernization,but

this is a joke!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

Do we need Grigolo

or Bocelli????? I was

really amazed! Will the

voice change???

Category:general -- posted at: 7:26pm EST

I blame the Pandemic for

having me watch more on

Youtube. I am totally

SHOCKED that some

individuals are furious

when they lack any talent.

I also cannot understand

British English!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm EST

   I wish someone would

teach a parrot Hojotoho

or Di Quella Pira. Look,I

have a rhino that sings

all of Pelleas.

Category:general -- posted at: 6:59pm EST

I am tired of this aria

but it is not too hard

for very talented kids!!

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

   I am always so sad at the

loss of these wonderful

singers. I write to Marcello's

widow and hope she will

do as best she can. Dmitri

and Marcello were pure GOLD!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:50pm EST

   One of the most gorgeous

voices in "Sea Pictures."

Category:general -- posted at: 6:46pm EST

Next time they do a Ring,

I will run up on the stage

and do Wotan. Look, I know

some old Met standees who

would be great Rhinemaidens.

(Even some girls also)

Category:general -- posted at: 10:16am EST

I prefer a heavier voice

but these days...there are

no Eva Turners or Birgit

Nilssons. Her husband is

the Calaf. (Yucch!!)

Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EST

I always say that Tebaldi

was "la mia madre" and

now my dear 95 yr.old

Virginia Zeani has become

so close to me. We speak

often,and she is in a nice

facility in Florida. I feel she

has been one of the all-time

greatest singers.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:06am EST

I wrote to Travis Pratt,

now a tenor, after I saw

this. I expected RAP and

got this..He is a nice guy

and most unusual...

Category:general -- posted at: 9:58am EST

Marcello Giordani left

us too soon. He was a

wonderful tenor and a dear

man.I write often on chat

to his widow. We must

never forget those we have lost.

Category:general -- posted at: 9:55am EST

It is my intention on my

various sites to acquaint

people with "lesser-known"

singers..There are so many

and I know you appreciate them.

Category:general -- posted at: 9:51am EST

E flat!!!!! I love it!!!!

Nice lady and huge voice.

I did not know she had

an E flat!!~

Category:general -- posted at: 9:45am EST

https://www.facebook.com/groups/801295193909819

 

You might enjoy one of my 12 groups.....

https://www.facebook.com/groups/801295193909819

Category:general -- posted at: 9:32am EST

Dios Mio!!!! Look out,all

you sopranos...I was never

this good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am EST

    It is difficult to find

a favorite Caruso selection.

Here is one of my loves!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm EST

The "God of singing"

Enrico Caruso,tragically

died at 48...100 yrs.ago

8/2/21...NO ONE can ever

si

Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

Edita Gruberova had a rather

"eccentric" vocal sound, but

she  was amazing, and people

traveled all over to hear her.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:52pm EST

I never saw him, but am told

the voice was exciting.Whenever

we hear thunder, we know he

is singing in heaven!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:48pm EST

   The great Mario!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

I was 15 and the first singer

I ever saw live was Mario

in my first opera, Aida.I saw

him 40 times, and the man

was sensational.He had a

"bronze column of sound"

from bottom to top.Loved this

man.He once came out and

said,"Hello,boys" in my poor

little ear!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm EST

  I have been so happy to have

sung in various opera groups,

and have enjoyed some fine

artists (like Sam Ramey,Paul

Plishka, and Marisa Galvany)

BUT some people live in a world

of their own..like Sue...who also

does the E flat in the Aida which

I think I have published. She vocalizes

on our NY bridge and therefore

this accounts for many auto crashes.

  Mio Dio!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:05pm EST

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCES6h-GjCki9eZg4gNu5fLg/videos

 

I found this.I hope you enjoy

some of my old videos.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCES6h-GjCki9eZg4gNu5fLg/videos

Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EST

When I taught languages

I would do little plays with

the kids. This is not our

best effort, but it was so

adorable to have the kids

do this Barbiere Scene. I

sang many Bartolos (one with

Ramey) so I was familiar with

this.  LOVE KIDS!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:21pm EST

Because of the Pandemic,

I have been doing much

more posting and have

made several groups.I

sent you the "Commedia"

URL and will send others

in case you wish to take

advantage of the postings.

Here is another, and I will

be sending more if you wish

to join the groups or just

enjoy the clips. Be SAFE!!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/342656360932112

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/342656360932112

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

  https://www.facebook.com/groups/801295193909819

 

Go here!!!!!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/801295193909819

Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

I was there when she

kissed the old Met stage.

She made it to 105.Licia

was born on 7/22/13. Last

time I saw her, we walked

together and I mentioned

the Boheme w.Gigli, I felt

I was walking with HISTORY!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

Fine baritone.I am

discovering many new

artists!!!!!!

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

Just one of the most

remarkable examples

of great singing. I place

him with Gigli,Carreras

and Bjoerling for the

beauty of tone.

Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm EST

Buon compleanno!! Il

gran tenore,Giuseppe

di Stefano!!!! Incredibile

but he made some bad

vocal decisions. Still,he

had a sensational voice.

Category:general -- posted at: 2:08pm EST

  My friend and favorite

singer Piotr and a great

new tenor...I hope Kevin

can achieve Piotr's fame.

Nicest guy!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am EST

How lucky to work with a

great lady..and a sweet

person. Hope he goes

far..Superb voice!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am EST

   I discover wonderful new

singers..Here is one!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:12am EST

Here is the great man at 72.

We never realized that he

would emerge as one of

the greatest singers ever,.

I saw him 5 years later, and

the man was amazing.

Category:general -- posted at: 6:12pm EST

So nostalgic..and most

of them gone...I love my

memories....

Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

The only time I ever was able

to chat online with the dear

widow of a great singer who

left us so early.A tragedy but

we will always remember dear

Marcello who laughed when

I said "Oh..you, sang Deek and

his Johnson!!!. Wilma Ahrens

 is a gallant lady and I try to

 do what I can..but so difficult.

He was great!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

Category:general -- posted at: 11:59am EST

https://www.facebook.com/groups/209473504400675

 

If anyone wishes to join,

here is the URL. Great artists!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/209473504400675

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

Over the years, you come

to find the very special

operatic moments that

thrill!!! Di Stefano,in 1950,

sounds like the greatest, but

sadly he made errors in his

technique, but still the man

was fabulous.

Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EST

My best Boheme,especially

the Taddei/Carteri scene in

act 3.Just the tender way

thjat he says "Entrate" is a

thrill, and she is superb.

We do NOT have emotion

in opera these days..

Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

The usual stupid Met

had him only a little

and late..Great Man!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:50pm EST

Her caretaker says she

sang around the house

after 100.For me, the

great miracle of singing.

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

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=marcello+giordani+tenor

 

Wonderful man..I miss him so

much.I write a lot to his

dear wife.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=marcello+giordani+tenor

Category:general -- posted at: 10:46pm EST

Perhaps the greatest

baritone EVER!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:43pm EST

When I posted on Burzio

and others, I FORGOT

something I probably

posted..MY TAPE of the

sensational Met debut

of Magda Olivero, at 65.

One of the TREASURES

of my life!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm EST

Truly GREAT soprano

with Rene Kollo.She

was sensational in

her prime!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:33pm EST

   I am of the intolerant

opinion that today,there

are NO sopranos in the class

of Burzio,Zeani,Spani,Scuderi,

Soviero,Favero,Muzio,etc.

They want it "generic!!!"

Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm EST

Mark Reizen 6/21/1895.

 Met had awful Tanovitski

but this great man was a

GIANT, even at 90!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 8:23pm EST

https://www.facebook.com/groups/207148584603823

 

 

I knew Regina 55 yrs...and her

son Michael is so happy to

see mom spread all over.

Come join us.Next new

forum will be called

"Singers who never have

should have quit their

day job!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/207148584603823

Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

https://www.facebook.com/groups/495890038504453

 

I know more about her than anyone,

plus the crazy rumors..and you

get great photos and of course

Charlie at 19 looking in the limo.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/495890038504453

Category:general -- posted at: 1:13pm EST

Little by little, I will

catch up on many

birthdays of artists.

Two of them I just called

send love to all those

who never forget them.

How could anyone forget

I am the unpaid nostalgia

agent for Zeani and Soviero,

plus join my new Milanov and

Resnik forums!!!!!!

   Avec amour!! Charlie

 

Diva Day I just wanted you all to know that Zeani and Soviero both send love to you.They know,as their unpaid agent, that I never let you rest when I rant and rave over them. Diana teaches like mad, and I told her and Virginia that they need to come back to the Met!! Diana was upset especially, since she knew Rolandi, and you know I was talking to a friend about City opera divas..Diana,Rolandi,Welting,Putnam,and others who were so wonderful and others we know who put opera today to SHAME!!! Diana,still with a voice, has been my second Tebaldi, vocally and personally. Lucky me to have heard these great artists who were the joys of my opera life.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

  I know Jeanette (6/18/07)

was loved...but if you know

films.......

Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm EST

Current stats:

2.093,066 "hits"

 247.717 different

people have seen/heard

these podcasts. I am thrilled

to do this for you.,

 

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Soviero and Galvany never paid

me a dime for being their

unpaid agent."

 

Join my Milanov forum.I gave you an article I just did.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/495890038504453

never paid me a dime for being

their "unpaid agent."

 BLESS YOU ALL!@!@!!

Zinka Milanov in Opera Quarterly In the Spring Issue of Opera Quarterly in 1990, there are several articles on Zinka Milanov. I intend to quote some sections little by little, but I will start by listing the 34 opera roles she did, from 1927 (Trovatore) to 1956 (Ernani). Oh, to hear her in some of the ones we never heard would be a joy, especially to see her acting in Fanciulla! In order they are as follows: Trovatore,Faust,Butterfly,Tosca,Aida,L'Amore de tre Re,Lohengrin,Ballo,Turandot,Manon Lescaut,Walkure (Sieglinde),Tannhauser, ,Fidelio,Mefistofele,Boccanegra Juive, Tabarro, Ban Leget,Fanciulla,Rosenkavalier,Pique Dame,Libuse,Porin,Wm.Tell,Oganj,Chenier,Gioconda, Louise,Norma (first new role at Met 1939),Don Giovanni (Anna),Otello,Forza,Ernani. Mio Dio!!! I would go insane to hear so many, although I did prefer the vocal quality after 1950. I did see her in 12 of these roles, and half of the Verdi Requiem, plus some Ballo and Chenier rehearsals, totalling 90 and a half shows. Think of that voice in act three Walkure as Brunnhilde hands her the broken sword, or Elsa's Dream, or Depuis le Jour, or Minnie's Card Scene. (I vant to cheeeeat!),or jumping into a vat of Manischewitz VINE at the end of La Juive, or "Abscheulischer," or did she take the entrance D flat in Butterfly, and did she kick the Kimono??... . I will present eventually some quotes,but what a shame Bruce Burroughs never wrote the book. Also, could anyone actually PROVE a couple of the stories, except for the one I know,when she smelled the chickens and the butcher threw her out,or not signing my "unposed" but gorgeous Chenier duet with Tucker at the old Met closing. Especially, why she really cancelled the Leonora to allow Resnik to make an unscheduled debut...and she said, (as Resnik did her better than her) "I vas neyver seek." I heard two separate versions...but who knows??? I was trying to think of doing another forum, but I do not know anyone the way i knew her. The paradox is that she was in no way "lovable" like so many other singers, but look, how many artists of fame were like Joan Crawford??? n

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They once said that McCormack

said to Caruso, "How is the

world's greatest tenor?" They

said Caruso replied, "I did not

know you became a baritone!"

That may be true..but listen to

the last high piano note here

and it is GLORIOUS!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:11pm EST

On this Fathers' Day I

pay loving tribute to two

wonderful artists whom

I knew and who left us too

soon. Marcello always talked

about how some people did

not love his "squillo" as did

I, and the two "Russian kisses"

I always got on my cheeks from

Dmitri were so affectionate.

I always write on chat to Wilma,

Mrs.Giordani, a courageous lady,

and I wish all you DADDIES my best.

  The Pandemic forces me to do

more posts for you...and more

coming.( over 2 million now.)

 

 

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

My ma danced in the Follies

in the 1930's, and her dear

friend was Jimmie Durante.

Rudolf Bing fired the great

Helen Traubel(6/16/1898)

because she sang with Durante.

My ma eventually came to love

opera, met Tebaldi and other

artists.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:01pm EST

A beautiful performance

of Verdi's opera,with

Svetlana Vassileva, Renato

Bruson(still can sing now),

and Facebook friend, fine tenor

Evan Bowers.

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


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