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.

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   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.


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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!!!!!

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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


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

Happy Mothers' Day!

I am glad my mommy did

not throw me into the




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My darling friend,Diana Soviero

turned 80 Mar.19..like her Romeo,

Alberto Cupido...and my favorite

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

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  No more singers..let us just

SHOCK the public!!!!

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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

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Only 96...and I know

she sang like this

over 100!!!!!!!!

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


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


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


are some great ladies in

Tosca.I saw Milanov,Callas,




Kirsten, and the GREAT

Olive Middleton...and a few


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,


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..


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


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!!!

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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


If you wish to chat,I can tell you the

URLS of some of the groups.

Stay Safe..and MASKED!!!!


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



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



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.


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  For anyone who has been

living on another planet,I

present my birthday present to

myself(and Placido). You HAD


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


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


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