The Beloved Olive Middleton in Adriana Lecouvreur

What true opera lover can resist our darling Olive Middleton,
a cult figure at New York's (in)famous La Puma Opera in the 60's.( the 1960's).   So what if she sang about three tones flat and had no teeth? She was adored,as you will hear on this brief (Thank GOD) podcast

 (15 glorious minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-30-00-45-56.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53am EDT

Dorothy Kirsten Tribute. She was born on July 6, 1910

  When Dorothy Kirsten passed away in 1992, we learned
  she was actually about 9 years older than originally believed.
   This is even more amazing,considering how fresh and clear
   she sounded in 1974 and beyond.

The selections are from:  Thais, Fanciulla, Rondine, Butterfly,
 Louise, Tosca,La Rondine and she also sings Gershwin's
 "Someone To Watch Over  Me." Kirsten had an uncanny
  ability NOT to sound 'operatic' in pop music!

   (38 minutes)


Direct download: 2006-06-29-17-31-55.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:53pm EDT

Twelve Wonderful Baritones


Selections by 12 famous baritones:

Robert Merrill, Hugo Hasslo, Gabriel Bacquier,
Theodore Uppman, Heinrich Schlusnus,
Giuseppe Danise, Ettore Bastianini,Igor Gorin,
Mattia Battistini, John Charles Thomas,
Riccardo Stracciari, Pavel Lisitsian (in photo)
(50 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-29-13-25-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:52pm EDT

Some famous Divas

Arias sung by 15 famous divas of the recent past:

Montserrat Caballe, Arlene Auger, Maria Callas,
Kiri Te Kanawa, Virginia Zeani, Eda Moser,
Maria Chiara, Regine Crespin, Renata Scotto,
Catherine Malfitano, Margaret Price,Rene Fleming,
Anita Cerquetti, Pilar Lorengar,Ileana Cotrubas 

(73 minutes)


Direct download: 2006-06-29-00-55-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:38am EDT

A Birthday Tribute to Luisa Tetrazzini,born June 29,1871

 Arias as sung by one of the greatest divas in opera history.

  Included are arias from Traviata, Ballo, Sonnambula,
  Les Huguenots, La Perle du Bresil, Semiramide, Vespri,
  Rosalinda (Veracini), and the Proch Variations.

                                   (37 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-26-22-27-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

The Great Diva, Martha Moedl

   Opera Scenes featuring the great Martha Moedl,a lady
    who could "read the Dresden Telephone Directory" and
     still captivate audiences!!!!

 Scenes from : Macbeth, Parsifal, Walkure, Gotterdamerung,
    Pirates of Penzance, Elektra, Tristan und Isolde, and songs.


Also see Youtube Pique dame Clip at:

                                  (53 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-26-12-43-57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT

I Luvs You,Porgy!!!!!

Scenes from  George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess,"
   featuring many wonderful artists such as:

 Todd Duncan, Anne Brown, Camilla Williams, Avon Long,
Helen Jepson, Lawrence Tibbett, Robert Merrill, Inez Matthews,
Cynthia Clarey, Willard White, Leontyne Price, Renee Fleming,
Kiri Te Kanawa, and Paul Robeson

 (52 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-24-11-55-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

Tribute to Lotte Lehmann


     Songs, scenes, and arias as sung by Lotte Lehmann, one of
     the greatest artists in opera history. A tribute to a great lady!

(55 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-23-15-29-34.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

Great French Tenors-part One

    A magnificent array of fifteen tenors of the French school.
     Included in this collection are:

Georges Thill, Paul Franz, Giuseppe Lugo, Jose Luccioni,
Leon Escalais, Cesar Vezzani, Leon Campagnola,,
Marius Corpait, Jose de Trevi, Charles Friant,
Gaston Micheletti, Rene LaPelletrie, Rene Verdiere,
Josef Rogatchewsky, and Emile Marcellin

(62 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-23-13-41-40.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

Twenty Marvelous Tenors of the Past

A collection of arias sung by 20 of the greatest tenors
in opera history. Included are:

Caruso, Gigli, Martinelli, Slezak, McCormack, Pertile,
Tamagno, Escalais, Jadlowker, Roswaenge, Ershov,
Lemeshev, Sobinov, Widdop, Tauber, Schmidt,
Bonci, De Muro, Cortis, Piccaver.

                            (60 Minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-20-17-51-15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:25pm EDT

Tchaikovsky's Less-known,but beautiful "Yolanta"

Several scenes from this lesser-known,but nevertheless
beautiful work. Featured in the scenes are

Yolanta:     Galina Vishneskaya, Michaela Gurevich,
                      and Galina Gorchakova

King Rene:     Nicolai Ghiaurov, Sergei Alexashkin,                         
                       and Gheorghi Seleznev

Vaudemont:       Nicolai Gedda and Gegam Grigorian 

Robert        Dmitri Hvorostovsky

                                   (50 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-20-01-18-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:49am EDT

Donizetti's "La Favorita."

Many selections from this exciting Donizetti work,
featuring scenes and arias with the following artists:

Alfredo Kraus, Beniamino Gigli, Robert Lasalle,
Giuseppe Anselmi, Luciano Pavarotti, Giulio Neri
Mattia Battistini, Piero Cappuccilli, Marcello Giordani,
Giuseppe Di Stefano, Franco Corelli, Regina Resnik,
Fiorenza Cossotto, Giulietta Simionato, Ebe Stignani

(64 Minutes)

Direct download: 2006-06-19-13-55-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

A Happy Operatic Fathers' Day Program

   Several operatic scenes involving fathers.Music from:

La Traviata, Aida, Walkure, Norma, Luisa Miller,
Louise, Nozze di Figaro, Turandot, Manon,Rigoletto

Direct download: 2006-06-18-00-39-44.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:19am EDT

Happy Birthday (June 19) to Marisa Galvany

A birthday tribute to the marvelous Marisa Galvany, one of
the most exciting divas in opera history. Selections from:

Norma, Aida, Nabucco, Medea, Traviata, Attila, Ballo,
Trovatore, Anna Bolena, Turandot

We thank Mme.Galvany for so many years of very great singing!!!!

Direct download: 2006-06-17-18-33-35.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:08pm EDT

Opera Craziness-Part Two

Still more insane happenings on opera stages and in the
studio. Perfect for opera parties or if you feel like taking
time off from Pelleas et Melisande.


Direct download: 2006-06-16-02-17-13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:36am EDT

A Collector's Luisa Miller

Scenes and arias from Verdi's "Luisa Miller" featuring
  many fine artists such as:

Sondra Radvanovsky, Montserrat Caballe, Aprile Millo,
Antonietta Stella, Nelly Miricioiu, Richard Tucker,
Jose Carreras, Giuseppe Anselmi, Alessandro Bonci,
Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, Vladimir Chernov,
Vladimir Galouzine, Piero Cappuccilli,& Giorgio Tozzi


Direct download: 2006-06-14-00-12-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:41am EDT

The Very Great Enrico Caruso-Part One

 Ten selections from the enormous output of this legendary artist.


   Words have always failed me when I attempt to describe the
depth of my admiration...idolization...for this remarkable tenor
who left us all too soon, but whose legacy will remain with us
all our lives.

Direct download: 2006-06-13-22-47-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT

"Pace,Pace"- Part two

   Part two of the comparison of sopranos singing the famous
   "Pace,pace' from Verdi's "La Forza del Destino."

You have to guess who is singing, so I will not post the names.

Have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                  


Direct download: 2006-06-13-01-50-54.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:28am EDT

Happy Birthday to Rise Stevens, born June 11, 1913


(Photo: Rise posed with every single member of her music club at our last gathering out on the island at Westhampton Beach, New York..This was followed by everyone being thrown into the swimming pool.(Except me..I never learned to swim!)

Direct download: 2006-06-13-00-28-58.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Singers Whose Birthdays are in June

Our Happy Birthday tribute to the opera stars born in June.

Fedora Barbieri-6/4/20     

Joel Berglund-6/4/03
Roberto Alagna- 6/7/63    

Jose Palet- 6/7/1877
Mario Filippeschi- 6/7/07  

John McCormack-6/14/1884
Helen Traubel-6/16/1898  

Eugenia Burzio-6/20/1882
Giuseppe Taddei- 6/26/16  

Riccardo Stracciari-6/27/1875
Anna Moffo-6/27/32         

Elena Nikolaidi-6/29/09
Luisa Tetrazzini 6/29/1871

Direct download: 2006-06-12-19-49-20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT

Brush up your Opera (from Shakespeare!)

                    "SHAKESPEARE IN MUSIC"

  A podcast in which we hear examples of Shakespeare's influence
  on (mostly) opera. We feature selections from

Hamlet,Falstaff, Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, 
Antony & Cleopatra, I Capuletti ed I Montecchi,
The Otellos of Verdi & Rossini, The Romeo of Gounod,
The Romeo of Berlioz, West Side Story & Kiss Me Kate.


Direct download: 2006-06-12-04-20-43.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:04am EDT

Mira!!!!! NORMA!!!!!!!!!!


   The great Bellini opera "Norma" surely lends itself to
    performances by some of our most memorable artists.
    Here are some scenes which feature a number of them:

Maria Callas, Montserrat Caballe, Shirley Verrett,
Lauren Flanigan, Marisa Galvany, Zinka Milanov,
Gina Cigna, Rita Hunter, Beverly Sills, Renata Scotto,
Joan Sutherland, Leyla Gencer, Lili Lehmann,
Marilyn Horne, Ebe Stignani, Gino Penno,Kurt Baum,
Carlos Cossutta, Lamberto Furlan, Carlo Bergonzii, Franco Corelli,  Elena Nicolai, Roberto Francesconi,
AND Olive Middleton (well, nobody's POIFEKT!)

Direct download: 2006-06-06-22-28-48.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT



          Truly wonderful singing by La Scala artists who
                 visited Russia in 1964. Included are:

Mirella Freni, Bruno Prevedi, Renata Scotto,
Birgit Nilsson, Carlo Bergonzi, 
Fiorenza Cossotto, and Gianni Raimondi

Direct download: 2006-06-05-02-14-52.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:54am EDT

"Hojotoho" everybody!!!!!

 Brunnhilde's Battle Cry as sung by a series of sopranos:

Kirsten Flagstad
Frida Leider
Margaret Harshaw
Erna Schleuter
Nadezna Kniplova
Johanna Gadski
Helene Wildbrunn
Gertrude Grob-Prandl
Gertrude Kappel
Pelage Greef-Andriessen

Bonus: the great La Puma Opera Company's version. (Please proceed at your own risk on this last one!)


Kirsten Flagstad sings "Hojotoho!" in The Big Broadcast of 1937.

Direct download: 2006-06-04-19-47-03.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:05pm EDT

Famous Dutch Singers

A collection of artists of Dutch ancestry.Included are:

Jacques Urlus, Nan Merriman, Elizabeth Ohms,
Elly Ameling, Maartje Offers, Jard Van Nes,
Cora Canne Meijer, Gre Brouwenstijn (in photo),
Christina Deutekom, and Jo Vincent

Direct download: 2006-06-04-15-26-42.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:53pm EDT

The Sopot Forest Theatre Wagner Festival, Part One

In the early part of the 20th century, many artists
recorded mostly Wagnerian material, as performed at the
Sopot (Poland) Forest Theatre Festival, known as the
"Bayreuth of the North."

Tenors:  Jacques Urlus, Richard Schubert, 
Albert Reiss, Fritz Soot               

Bassos/Baritones:  Georges Baklanoff, 
Desider Zandor, Robert Vom Scheidt,
Heinrich Knote, Adolf Schoepplin

       Sopranos: Frida Leider, Helene Wildbrunn, and 
     Meta Seinemeyer. 

Direct download: 2006-06-03-15-53-31.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

 The "Pace" Festival, part One.

 Part one of an interesting and exciting podcast in which we can
 compare various sopranos singing the great "Pace" from Verdi's
 "La Forza del Destino."
      As usual,with this kind of program, I will not list the sopranos
here, because I have designed the podcast so that you do not know
the names until each group of three has been played.

              Peace be with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Photo:Renata Tebaldi as Leonora)

Direct download: 2006-06-03-00-24-52.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:10am EDT

IN QUESTA REGGIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    An exciting comparison of various sopranos singing the
    great aria from Turandot, "In questa reggia." I am not
    going to list the sopranos here because some of you like
    to play guessing games. Each soprano will be named after
    each group of selections.

        Remember:  "Gli enigmi sono tre...Charlie รจ una!!"

Direct download: 2006-06-02-11-12-42.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:52am EDT


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