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 EDT

The usual stupid Met

had him only a little

and late..Great Man!!!!

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

Her caretaker says she

sang around the house

after 100.For me, the

great miracle of singing.

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


Wonderful man..I miss him so

much.I write a lot to his

dear wife.

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

Perhaps the greatest

baritone EVER!!!!!

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

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 EDT

Truly GREAT soprano

with Rene Kollo.She

was sensational in

her prime!!!!

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

   I am of the intolerant

opinion that today,there

are NO sopranos in the class

of Burzio,Zeani,Spani,Scuderi,


They want it "generic!!!"

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

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 EDT



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!!!!!"






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


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.

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

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 EDT

  I know Jeanette (6/18/07)

was loved...but if you know


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

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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.

never paid me a dime for being

their "unpaid agent."


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

Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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


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

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 EDT

Catching up on recent

birthdays.It was so very

sad that Jerry killed himself

over terrible depression. With

my dear Soviero and Leo Nucci,

still active today.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

My darling 95 yr.old friend,

Virginia Zeani, sings to her

"daddy." Note the one word

"caro," which represents the

kind of emotion that is so

special.We speak often on

the phone.


Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm EDT

Another from the "old school"

of divas who were so emotional and


Category:general -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Dragana Del Monako,related

to the Del Monaco family, had

ingested perhaps valium.I do

not think she was drunk. The

poor tenor!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm EDT

I am of the opinion, at times

seeming intolerant, that in

this era of mostly "pretty"

singing, that Burzio represents

the kind of emotional output

that belongs to Zeani,Muzio,


Soviero,Spani,Callas and others.






this era

Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

Galvany always said that her

"controversial" voice would

have been more appreciated

had Callas been around longer.

Audiences did go wild over

dear Marisa...and I was so

thrilled in Bolena rehearsals

to look down her throat on  her

D and E flat....

Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

One of the treasures of my

life is to be friendly, since

our 1965 Iolantha, and later

Anna Bolena, with Marisa

Galvany (one of many names)

She still has a D!!!!!  Love her!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:54pm EDT

I had a friend who would

"laugh" at the incredible

Titta Ruffo.Caruso did

not sing much with him...I

wonder why????

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

This called "Flash Mob"

Do you have it in your

country??? I think I

will go,after the Pandemic,

with Diana Soviero and do

Faust Church Scene. We both

still can sing!!!!  We can do

it in Walmart, where almost

everyone is INSANE!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT

Dear friends,

 In this troubled time,we

must try to enjoy even a

limited number of things.

Posting to you and to

other sites helps me and

I hope all of your are bearing

up as is dear Virginia Zeani,

in a Florida facility at 95.

Love to you all!!!!!   Carlo

Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

Yesterday on Facebook, I got

a new friend by the name of

Cecilia Gobbi, daughter of'

the great man. She liked this

clever video. I wish we had

more like this!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:40pm EDT

Superb Swedish baritone.

NEVER neglect the great singers.

Someone said that I live in the

past..Foolish..there is no end

to the wonderful artists that

were treasures!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

I forgot the real Bartoli,

The other one makes

his/her debut at Covent

Garden next year. These days

countertenors abound!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

Did I get something wrong?

I know Cecilia likes this.

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

Such a sweet lady.I really

found her so darling and

 great talent. Placido Domingo

and Pavol Breslik join her.

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

LOVE Aragall, here with

Marton,Wixell.He was a

nervous guy, but the voice

was so gorgeous!!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

Virginia told me how she

loved him.I was brought up

on his Cetra operas. Not

a gorgeous voice, but

incredibly exciting.

Category:general -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

Sweet guy. Told me "I can

see in your eyes how much

you love opera." He did leave

her and now married a

"normal" diva,Alexandra


Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

Carmela Ponselle, 6/7/1892.

I wonder if she got along

with that nutty,but great, Rosa.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT


I just made a Zinka Milanov site..

She was my all-time favorite

singer of those I saw (88 times.)

Come and join us!!!!

Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT


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