This is the farewell of the great Shirley Verrett, born May 31, 1931. Words cannot express how I adored this great lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Tannhauser from Bayreuth, 1964

Omar Suitner leads a glorious cast in this Tannhauser. Featured are Wolfgang Windgassen, Leonie Rysanek,Eberhard Waechter, Martti Talvela, and Barbro Ericson.  (74 min.)

Direct download: 64Bayr.Tannh.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

  This is an interesting change from the usual Cavalleria. I think you will enjoy this Cav from  the Royal Opera in Stockholm in 1963 under Herbert Sandberg. It features a favorite of mine, Barbro Ericson, with Ragnar Ulfung, Erik Sundqvist, Birgit Nordin (Lola), and Margareta Bergstrom (Mmma Lucia.)

Direct download: Cav_Swed.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:49pm EDT

  I discovered Olivia as Seymour in Bolena..She later changed to soprano.I adore this lady so much as a friend and what a powerhouse of a singer she was!!!!

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

 For my dear friend Olivia Stapp on her May 30 birthday. One of the sweetest ladies and a fabulous artist!!!!

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

On the occasion of his May 30 (1919) birthday, let us remember one of the most phenomenal singing actors in the history of opera. He was a veritable DYNAMO in a variety of roles. Some physical problems cut his career short, but we had many years of this great man!!!

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

Louise from San Francisco

A superb performance of Charpentier's Louise from 1999 San Francisco under Jonathan Summers. Featured are Renee Fleming, Jerry Hadley, Samuel Ramey, and Felicity Palmer. Sound is somewhat distant, since the performance was recorded in the theatre, but it is quite listenable. (Look, we have treasures galore in our collections because of those sneaky "pirates."

Direct download: Louise2Flem.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

Tosca From Barcelona, 1975

 Under the direction of conductor Giuseppe Morelli, I present highlights from Tosca, featuring Virginia Zeani, Placido Domingo, and Piero Francia. This must have been transferred to disc, and there are a few small skips.  ENJOY!!

Direct download: Tosca_ZBarc.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

Don Carlo Rome 1968-Part Two

  Here is part two of that glorious Rome Don Carlo.

PLEASE send me any comments, ideas,etc. to Remember,we cannot use the comment section of this site because it becomes invaded with ads.

Direct download: DCRome1968_dos.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

Don Carlo 1968 from Rome-Part One

An all-star Don Carlo from Rome,1968 under Fernando Previtali, with Leyla Gencer, Bruno Prevedi, Fiorenza Cossotto, Nicolai Ghiaurov, and Sesto Bruscantini. (Act 5 version)    PART ONE

Direct download: DCRome1968uno.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

Compilation 16

I sincerely hope you are enjoying thee compilations. If you have any comments,suggestions,etc. PLEASE let me know at

1. Marisa Galvany and Enrico di Giuseppe in Attila Duet. (What a D!!)

2. Mattia Battistini                        Tannhauser  " Evening Star"

3. Enrico Caruso                             "Musica Proibita"  (After all these years, I say NO ONE was greater!)

4. Franco Corelli                             Otello  "Esultate!" (He never sang the role, sadly.)

5. David Daniels                               Rinaldo   "Venti turbini." (Wedding coming soon!)

6. Giuseppe Di Stefano                   "Un furtiva lagrima"

7. Eileen Farrell                                "Pace" from Forza del Destino

ERROR: It is CLAUDIA Novikova.

8. Gottlob Frick                                 Seraglio aria  (GREATEST "black" voice.)

9. Marcello Giordani                         "L'anima stanca" from Adriana

  (Last season he said to me, "I know Piotr is your favorite tenor..That is OK.I love him too!")

10.Apollo Granforte                             "Il Balen" from Trovatore  (worthy of his NAME!)

11. Alexander Kipnis                            "O Isis und Osiris" (Zauberflote)

12.Margarete Klose                              "Delilah aria" (In Deutsch) (One of my favorite artists.)

13.Renato Bruson/Katia Ricciarelli      Luisa Miller Duet

14. John Mc Cormack                             "Il mio tesoro" (the all-time greatest!)

15.Aprile Millo                                          "Poveri fiori"  (Adriana)

16.Claudia Muzio                                      "O del mio amato ben."  (Makes me CRAZY!)

17.Maria Nemeth                                      "In questa reggia" (Turandot)

18.Gallina Novikova                                 The most HILARIOUS"Drunk aria" from  La Perichole.

19.Tancredi Pasero                                   "Vi ravisso" (Sonnambula)

20.Aureliano Pertile                                  "Di quella pira."

21. Herman Prey                                        Tote Stadt aria  (Unbelievably gorgeous!)

22.Maria Reining/Hans Hotter                 Arabella Duet

Direct download: 16_compil.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

The love of the phrase, the feeling she had!!! Bless Beverly on her birthday!

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

Born May 25, 1929..who dreamed what she would become????? Bless her!!!!

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

Holland Festival Material, Part Two

1. Elizabeth Schwarzkopf sings Hugo Wolf (1962)  Acc. Felix de Nobel

 Morgentau, Das Voeglein, Mausfallen-Spruchlein, Wer rief dich denn,

 Nun las uns Frieden schliesen, Die Zigeunerin

2. Theresa Berganza Spanish Songs  (1962)  Acc. Felix Lavilla:

       Granados: La Maja Dolorosa (numero uno), El tra la la y el punteado,

           La Maja Dolorosa,(numero tres), El Majo Discreto

        Rodrigo:   Copillas de Belen

        Halffter:   Ay, que linda hermosa

                                   DIOS MIO!!!!!!!!!!!!



Direct download: Holland_Two.mp3
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Holland Festival Part One

A variety of material from Holland Festivals that I think you will enjoy:

1.Giulietta Simionato                    Cenerentola Finale  (1954)

2. Maria Callas                               "Ernani Involami"   (1959)

3. Luciano Pavarotti             Tebaldo's aria from "I Capuetti ed i Montecchi" (Bellini)(1966)

4.Alessandra Marc                  Empress Dream Scene from "Die Frau Ohne Schatten"  (1990)

5. Gallina Vishnevskaya in Recital (1975)  Acc. Tamas Vasary

        Tchaikovsky: "Do not believe, my friend."and "At the ball."

        Moussorgsky:  "Where art thou,little star"

        Stravinsky:        Parasha's aria from the opera "Mavra"

6.  Elly Ameling Sings Mozart  (1969):

     Das Lied der Trennung, Als Luise, Abendemfindung, An Chloe

Direct download: Holland_One.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

How can ONE WORD  (PAOLO!!!) or phrase summarize the greatness of an artist...Jan.21, 1939 (I was 3 that day)..the greatest Met broadcast ever in my mind....Lawrence Tibbett and Leonard Warren are so riveting..NO ONE does this today!!!!!!!!


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

Number 15 Miscellany

More fun (I hope) for you:

1.Licia Albanese                      Pagliacci Aria

2.Zeani/Borso                         Piccolo Marat Duet  (They made them do the finale again!)

3.Vassilka Petrova                  Trovatore Aria  (send children and small animals out of the room)

4.Schwartzkopf/Jurinac/Della Casa (Sophie)   Rosenkavalier trio  (Della Casa did all three roles)

5. Mado Robin                            Lucia Mad Scene   (with High K# above R)

6. Eleanor Ross                          "Pace"

7. Bidu Sayao                    Manon Adieu  (You do not have to sound like Nilsson to be  a sensation)

8. Renata Scotto                        Adriana Phedre Declamation in Act 3

9.Irmgard Seefried                    Ariadne Composer's Aria 

10.Cesare Siepi                           Salvador Rosa Aria

11. Simionato/Di Stefano          Favorita Duet

12.Pinza/Martinelli                      Simone duet (Jan.21,1939,my third birthday)

                                    (I never forgave mom and dad for not taking me!)

13.Giuseppe Taddei                     Schicchi Aria

14.Diana Soviero                          Zaza aria (Leoncavallo)

15.Joan Sutherland                       Alcina Aria

16.Giuseppe Taccani                     Guglielmo Ratcliff aria (Mascagni)

17-18.   Richard Tucker                   Chenier aria/ Juive Cabaletta

19. Taddei                                          Fanciulla aria

20. Antonietta Stella                        Vespri Bolero

21.Franz Voelker                               Walkure act one scene  (one of my 5 fav.tenors of the past)

22.Leonard Warren                            Faust aria

23.Ludwig Weber                               Boris Monolog. (one of my 5 fav.bassos of the past)

24.Ljuba Welitsch                               Gypsy Baron aria

25. Zinka Milanov's Last "Pace" from Newark,NJ Concert in 1966 (I CRY!)

Direct download: 15comp.mp3
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Wagner on Francais (cedilla under the"C")

Lohengrin Scenes in French with Ninon Vallin, Marcel Journet, Martial Singher and Marjorie Lawrence, Marjorie Lawrence and Yvonne Brothier (Ortrud), Cesare Vezzani and Mireille Berthon.

This is followed by scene from Act One Walkure With Cesare Vezzani, Germaine Lubin, and in the final section Lubin and Rene Verdiere.

Direct download: French_Loh.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT

Verdi Revival In the Weimar Republic

From the period 1919-1928 in Germany, there was an enormous revival of Verdi operas, and here are some selections:

1.Forza del Destino        with Meta Seinemer* and Ivar Andresen.

2.Vespri Siciliani             with Heinrich Schlusnus and Helge Roswaenge.

3. Simone Boccanegra  with Alexander Kipnis and Schlusnus

4. Don Carlo                     with Wilhelm Strienz and Seinemeyer*

5. Macbeth                       with Andresen.

   * Sadly,Meta Seinemeyer, one of the great sopranos, passed away at age 33. She would have been even a greater artist, but her career was tragically cut short by Leukemia.

Direct download: Weimar.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

Tribute to Fedora Barbieri

In my experience, Fedora Barbieri had one of the very greatest voices, like an "organ" as it poured from her. We met in her later years, and she was  a fun lady. Here are scenes from:

Carmen,Falstaff (with Gobbi), Ballo, Samson et Delilah, Adriana Lecouvreur, Andrea Chenier, Gioconda, Trovatore (live 1951 with Warren and my beloved Kurt Baum),and songs "Nel cor piu non mi sento" and " Chi vuol la zingarella graziosa."

Direct download: Barbieri_trib.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT


 What could be more appropriate than having an actual loving couple, Stephen Costello and his wife Ailyn Perez, two of the sweetest people on the planet, make a recording of "Love Duets."

 Here are two selections from the beautiful album, the "L'Amico Fritz Cherry Duet" and "One hand, one heart," from West Side Story. I have followed their careers from their inception, and I am so happy they are becoming so important in the world of opera.  ENJOY!!!!

Direct download: Costello.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53am EDT

Javier Camarena

Three selections from the brilliant Mexican tenor, Javier Camarena. From his album "Recitales" he sings "Musica Proibita," Granada," and "Estrellita."

  His Don Ramiro at the Met this season caused a sensation, and the audience demanded an encore, totally rare at the Met.

Direct download: Camarena.mp3
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You ready for No.14???

 I hope you are enjoying these compilations as much (MORE!) as I do making them:

1. Giacomo (Jaime) Aragall          Adriana aria, act one

2. Daniele Barioni rings the Turandot Gong.(What breath control!)

3. Callas/Barbieri        Gioconda duet  (They burn up the place!)

4. Gilda Dalla Rizza      "Addio del passato"

5. Leyla Gencer    "D'amor sull'ali rosee".  (Note: A friend had a fight over this aria with someone whose house he visited. He got so mad that the host liked Callas better, he said, "Get out!" My friend said, "But I LIVE here!" The Gencer nutcase then said, "So what..GET OUT!!") Do you now see how normal Charlie is???

6. Mario del Monaco   "Ah la paterna mano"  (Macbeth)

7. Mirella Freni             "Tu che di gel." (Turandot)

8. Nicolai Gedda/Renato Bruson/Christine Eda-Pierre   Pearl Fishers Trio  (They sometimes do another version, but this version is incredible!!!)

9.Gertrude Grob-Prandl   "Hojotoho"

10.Kirsten/Merrill           Thais Finale (One of the most glorious recordings ever made)

11.Rene Kollo                    Tannhauser Rome Narrative

12.Raina Kabaiwanska      "La Mamma Morta" (Chenier)

13.Pavel Lisitsian               Prologo (In Russian)   A voice of pure gold!

14.Magda Olivero                Mefistofele aria (breaks your heart.)

15.Aprile Millo                       "Danny Boy"

16.Michele Molese's legendary telling  critic Harold Schoenberg, who had written about his "pinched high C" in Ballo, that the note was for him. Galvany almost flipped out!

17.Julius Patzak                   Seraglio aria

Direct download: 14_comp.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:28pm EDT

Der Rosenkavalier from Vienna, 1949

 A fine Rosenkavalier under Georg Szell, featuring Maria Reining, Hilde Gueden, Jarmila Novotna, Jaro Prohaska, and Georg Hann (Faninal.)

Direct download: SzellRos.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

I DID NOT KNOW THIS EXISTED!!!  I called Elizabeth for Mothers' Day and we were talking about Street Scene...and on YOUTUBE is this glorious example of singing and emotional involvement. Magnificent!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT


Mommy!   It's your day!! Can't you be nice just ONCE?????

     Love and Happy Mothers' Day from Charlie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Did I ever post this added aria from Cenerentola?? City Opera did this with the great Gianna Rolandi,and it was a SMASH!!! The Met is doing the opera now,but without this...I feel if they added it, Diana Damrau would be the best candidate.Agreed?????

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

Michael Volle-A Portrait-Selections

 I was so thrilled with baritone Michael Volle in Arabella that I decided to purchase an import of his material. I think you will like it. He sings Schubert's Erlkonig,The Evening Star from Tannhauser, Ford's Monologue from Falstaff, and from The Merry Widow, "Da geh ich zu Maxim." Enjoy!!!

Direct download: Volle_Portrait.mp3
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