Favorite Commercial Opera recordings (1)

A Collection of  commercial recordings that are among my
personal favorites. Artists included are:

Sumi Jo (pictured), Zinka Milanov, John McCormack,
Beniamino Gigli, Claudia Novikova, Enrico Caruso,
Janet Baker, Dorothy Kirsten, Robert Merrill, Virginia Zeani,
Luisa Tetrazzini, Giusepe Anselmi, Ebe Stignani,
Cesare Siepi, Eleanor Steber, Pavel Lisitsian,
Mafalda Favero, Vassilka Petrova (I think)

                                     (84 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-05-07-16-42-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT


A Compilation of 16 Violettas all singing the scene that ends
the Gambling Scene of "La Traviata." Included are:

Callas,Tebaldi, Fleming, Stoyanova, Schymberg, Cotrubas,
Radvanovsky,De Los Angeles, Soviero, Galvany, Scotto,
Carteri, Zeani, Sayao, Guerrini, Albanese

                                 (77 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-05-06-19-34-32.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:55pm EDT

Ponto 50!

The excellent Ponto company has released their 4 CD set of many
interesting excerpts. (Number 50 in their catalogue.).These are live
scenes featuring many fine artists as follows:

Trovatore:  Renata Scotto,Louis Quilico
The Medium:  Regine Crespin
Semele: Beverly Sills
Jenufa: Gre Brouwenstijn and Frans Vroons
Salome: Lili Djanel and Tito Gobbi
Otello: Joan Sutherland and Angelo Marenzi
Manon Lescaut:  Leontyne Price
Eugen Onegin:    Margaret Price
Forza:       Julia Varady
Don Giovanni: Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson (Don't ask!
  (74 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-05-06-02-00-39.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:21am EDT

"Che gelida manina"  Volume Two

A compilation of 15 tenors singing the famous Boheme aria.
 Included are the following artists:

Giuseppe Anselmi,Georges Thill, Josef Schmidt, Giovanni Malipiero,
Galliano Masini, Jan Kiepura, Richard Tauber, Helge Roswaenge,
Mario Del Monaco, Mario Lanza, Franco Corelli, Alfredo Kraus,
Marcello Giordani, Richard Tucker, and Nicolai Gedda.

                                    (72 minutes)



Direct download: 2007-04-29-18-59-13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:20pm EDT

Italian Songs

A selection of Italian songs as sung by five wonderful
tenors: Gigli,Corelli,Tucker, Bergonzi,Caruso.

  I found the error,but rather than redo the narration, here are the selections,not in the correct order, as I could not recover the order,but you can get more information at least:

Gigli:Marechiare, Core'n grato,Sorrento

Corelli:  Addio a Napoli, O paese da sole,I'te vurria vasa

Tucker:  Fenesta che lucive,L'alba separa,Senza nisciuno

Bergonzi: I te vurria vasa,Sorrento, Dicitincello vuie

Caruso:  Pecche, O sole mio, Vieni sul mar, Tu che non chiagne,
Santa Lucia, L'alba separa

 (65 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-04-25-23-31-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT


  For some unknown reason, my narration portion of this
 podcast could not be published, leaving you without the
 answers to the "Esultate Quiz" I had prepared. I suggest
 you might want to play the selections (listed below) for
 a friend, and let him/her guess who is who. I do not know
 why this glitch occured.

          (Maybe you can NOT LOOK BELOW!)

Tamagno, Vickers, McCracken, Ralf, Giacomini,Corelli
Di Stefano (his first and last Otello), Martinelli in 1938,
Martinelli's last Otello in 1948. three by Mario DelMonaco:
Buenos Aires 1950 (his first ever), then 1958 and 1971.
Atlantov, Domingo, Frank Porretta III, Vinay, and finally
John Frederick West.

                                 (35 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-04-22-18-45-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

Ewa Podles

 The remarkable mezzo Ewa Podles in a program of arias and
 songs. Included are five Rachmaninoff songs and arias from
 Rossini's Cenerentola, Tancredi, Maometto II, La Donna del
 Lago, Handel's Orlando and Rinaldo, Tchaikowsly's Maid of
 Orleans, and Gluck's Orfeo et Euridice.

                                   (83 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-04-13-11-14-27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:37am EDT


An exciting compilation of 12 sopranos singing the Odabella
aria and cabaletta from my personal favorite early Verdi opera,
"Attila."  Included are the following sopranos:

Marisa Galvany, Gilda Cruz-Romo, Julia Varady,
Mara Zampieri, Maria Krikorian, Caterina Mancini,
Tiziana Fabbricini, Rita Orlandi, Linda Strummer,
Antonietta Stella, Marilyn Zschau, and (in photo)
Dimitra Theodossiou.

                                         (83 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-04-11-23-30-50.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

Aida and Amonasro on the Nile

A comparison of some of the great Aida/Amonasro scenes
in live performances.Included are:

Milanov/Warren               Welitsch/Merrill
Callas/Taddei                   Zeani/Guelfi
Scheppan/Hotter               Stella/Guelfi
Rysanek/London              Cerquetti/Guelfi
L.Price/MacNeil                Galvany/Quilico

  Plus,as a bonus, if you can handle it, the same scene
  featuring Vassilka Petrova and Olive Middleton,but
  be sure not to eat before or during this section,
  although you may need a stiff drink.

                               (96 Minutes)

Direct download: 2007-04-08-16-45-22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

Air de la Fleur

A Comparison of 16 pretty good tenors singing the Flower Song
from Bizet's Carmen. Included are:

Georges Thill, Charles Dalmores, Fernand Ansseau,Raoul Jobin,
Richard Tucker, Nicolai Gedda, Mario Chamlee, Beniamino Gigli,
Jon Vickers, Placido Domingo, Rolando Villazon,Enrico Caruso,
Franco Corelli, Giuseppe di Stefano, Jussi Bjoerling, and
Mario del Monaco (pictured).

                                  (70 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-04-08-00-01-20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21am EDT

No...Pagliaccio non son!!!!

  An exciting comparison of 10 different tenors in the last scene
  of "I Pagliacci."  Included are:

Richard Tucker, Giovanni Martinelli, Franco Corelli,
Jose Carreras, Helge Roswaenge, Mario del Monaco,
Raoul Jobin, Galliano Masini, Jussi Bjoerling, and
Carlo Bergonzi.

                             (66 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-04-07-02-05-02.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:23am EDT

Hans Hotter Tribute

Opera Scenes and Lieder as sung by  the late Hans Hotter, 
 one of the most famous artists of all time.The opera excerpts are from:

 Elektra, Salome,Siegfried, Parsifal, The Flying Dutchman,  
 Pagliacci, and Don Carlo.
       The songs are by Schubert, Brahms, and Pfitzner

    (67 minutes)



Direct download: 2007-04-06-11-20-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

Wagner Singers-Part One

 From a superb 4 CD set on the Preiser Label,  20 famous Wagnerian singers:

Lotte Lehmann, Gertrude Bindernagel, Nanny Larsen-Todsen,
Maria Muller, Maria Reining, Lilly Hafgren, Karin Branzell,
Maria Olszewska,Margarete Arndt-Ober, Hans Hermann Nissen,
Alexander Kipnis, Joel Berglund, Michael Bohnen, Emil Schipper,
Heinrich Schlusnus, Set Savanholm, Gotthelf Pistor, Curt Taucher,
Erik Enderlein, Franz Voelker.

                               (83 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-03-31-16-40-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

A "Salut demeure' Compilation

I think you will enjoy these 17 tenors singing the famous aria
from Gounod's "Faust" and will be able to understand how
various tenors approach the top note, because that alone is quite interesting;of course, you might be hearing some of these artists
for the very first time, and I think you will be pleased.

Richard Tucker, Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli,
Neil Shicoff, Georges Thill,Giuseppe Di Stefano
Rolando Villazon, Nicolai Gedda, Jussi Bjoerling,
David Devries,Miguel Villabella, Lucien Muratore,
Cesar Vezzani, Alfredo Kraus, Gaston Michelettti,
Albert Lance, and Charles Rousseliere

                              (93 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-03-28-21-42-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:12pm EDT


This podcast features three of the finest mezzos in opera history:

    Kathleen Ferrier       Janet Baker         Stephanie Blythe

                                 (88 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-03-26-23-22-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT

Cenerentola Finale Pot-Pourri

I had a problem with the narration for this podcast, so you will
have to live without the benefit of my voice for this one. I was
so thrilled at Joyce Di Donatos' fabulous rendition of the final
aria of Cenerentola at her recent recital, that I decided to do
a comparison of several other mezzos in this same scene. They
are as follows in order:

Ceclia Bartoli, Olga Borodina, Ewa Podles, Maria Callas,
Veselina Kasarova, Agnes Baltsa, Marilyn Horne, Conchita
Supervia, and Joyce di Donato. 

     I sincerely hope you enjoy the podcast!

                                   (68 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-03-04-14-21-49.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

Verismo Vol.2

Scenes from operas in the "Verismo Style" sung by some of
the great Italian interpreters,including:

Tito Schipa, Aureliano Pertile, Bernardo de Muro,
Beniamino Gigli, Alessandro Valente, Giuseppe Taccani,
Ferrucio Tagliavini, Riccardo Stracciari, Titta Ruffo,
Mafalda Favero, Maria Farneti, Licia Albanese,
Pia Tassinari, Gianna Pederzini, Cloe Elmo

 (73 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-03-01-01-47-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:06am EDT

The Siegfried Wanderer

An exciting and emotional scene from Act Three of "Siegfried"
as interpreted by 11 different baritones: (Conductor listed also)

Friedrich Schorr (Heger)            Mikhail Kit (Gergiev)
Albert Dohmen  (Thielemann)    Allan Titus   (Fischer)
George London (Leinsdorf)        Robert Hale  (Sawallisch)
Hans Hotter    (Keilberth)           Ferdinand Frantz (Furtwaengler)
James Morris  (Levine)               Donald McIntyre  (Boulez)
                       Sigurd Bjoerling (Von Karajan)

                                   (56 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-02-24-21-53-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT

The Miraculous Magda Olivero

An affectionate tribute to the very great Magda Olivero,who
will celebrate her 97th birthday on March 25. The selections
included in this podcast range from 1940 to 1993!!

Traviata, Tosca, Risurrezione, Adriana Lecouvreur,Fedora
Fanciulla, Gianni Schicchi, Lodoletta, Jenufa, Mme.Butterfly,
La Rondine, Manon, Mefistofele,plus "O del mio amato ben."

                                    (81 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-02-24-01-29-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:52am EDT

Sieglinde in Act Two Walkure

A comparison of ten fine sopranos singing the Sieglinde
"Hallucination Scene' from Act two of Wagner's "Die Walkure."

Featured are:

             Regine Crespin, Kirsten Flagstad, Julia Varady,
             Leonie Rysanek, Astrid Varnay, Birgit Nilsson,
             Lotte Lehmann, Regina Resnik, Martha Moedl,
             Natalie Secunde.

                                 (75 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-02-23-14-22-42.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:43pm EDT

The Marvelous Leyla Gencer

A compilation of material as sung by Leyla Gencer, one of
the most interesting and versatile artists who never recorded
commercially, but since collectors know she is the veritable
"Queen of the Pirates," there is a wealth of material available:

Trovatore, Due Foscari, Assassino nell Catedrale, Saffo,
Gerusalemme, Roberto Devereux, Rigoletto, Belisario,
Battaglia di Legnano, Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto,
Werther, Macbeth, Idomeneo, Dialogues of the Carmelites,
Abduction from the Seraglio, Lucrezia Borgia

                                   (88 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-02-16-01-26-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:51am EDT

Eight Very Exciting Divas of the Past

Selections that feature eight of the most exciting divas of
the past. Many of them are not as well-known as I believe
they ought to be;nevertheless,their delivery is so emotional,
and their exciting voices will thrill you:

Rosa Raisa (in photo), Iris Adami-Corradetti, Hina Spani,
Eugenia Burzio, Giannina Arangi-Lombardi, Bianca Scacciati,
Rosetta Pampanini, and Celestina Boninsegna

(66 minutes)





Direct download: 2007-02-13-15-28-01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:47pm EDT

La Mamma Morta

A comparison of famous divas singing the aria "La mamma morta"
from Giordano's "Andrea Chenier."

Antonietta Stella, Renata Tebaldi, Maria Callas, Claudia Muzio,
Meta Seinemeier, Bianca Scacciati, Lina Bruna Rasa, Rose Raisa,
Regina Resnik, Raina Kabaiwanska, Gilda Cruz-Romo, Aprile Millo,
Diana Soviero, and Zinka Milanov

                                (87 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-02-04-13-09-54.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

The Manon St.Sulpice Scene

Nine versions of the Manon St.Sulpice Duet:

 Feraldy/Rogatchewsky               Sills/Gedda
 Gallardo-Domas/Sabbatini          Fleming/Giordani
 Zeani/Oncina                             Freni/Pavarotti
 De Los Angeles/Valletti              Albanese/Di Stefano

     (87 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-01-26-13-32-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

The Magnificent Antonietta Stella

     I am happy to present highlights from the career of one
     of my all-time favorite artists, Antonietta Stella, who made
     such a great impression on me in her Met seasons. The operas
     represented are:

    Aida, Simon Boccanegra,Attila, Aroldo, Tosca, Don Carlo,
     Il Trovatore, Vespri Sicilani, Andrea Chenier,Luisa Miller
     Gianni Schicchi, Fanciulla del West, Mme.Butterfly

                                 (85 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-01-23-09-57-02.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

I Puritani

   Some of the most amazing singing in this pot-pourri of scenes
   from Bellini's "I Puritani." Artists include:

   Leyla Gencer, Joan Sutherland, Mariella Devia, Beverly Sills,
   Edita Gruberova, Maria Callas, Mirella Freni, Anna Moffo,
   Gianna D'Angelo, Virginia Zeani, Nicolai Gedda, Paul Plishka,
   Louis Quilico, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Luciano Pavarotti,
   Alfredo Kraus, and William Matteuzzi (and his high "F.")

(83 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-01-12-20-53-23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

Non-Germans Sing Wagner

An interesting selection of scenes from Wagner operas sung
by Non-German artists in various languages.Included are:

Mario DelMonaco, Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Nelly Melba,
Josep Palet, Francisco Vignas, Cesar Vezzani, Paul Franz,
Fernando de Lucia, Giuseppe de Luca, Mattia Battistini,
Germaine Lubin, CloeElmo, Aureliano Pertile, Edward Johnson,
Victoria de Los Angeles, Riccardo Stracciari, Emili Vendrell,
 and Ivan Koslowsky.

                              (85 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-26-00-18-57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:42am EDT

Divas of Today, Part Two

Part two of a tribute to the fine sopranos of today. Included are:

Karita Mattila(in photo), Edita Gruberova, Hei-Kyung Hong,
Krassimira Stoyanova, Olga Guryakova, Anna Netrebko,
Sumi Jo, Deborah Voigt, Rene Fleming, Natalie Dessay,
Angela Gheorghiu, and Rebecca Evans.

                  (60 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-18-14-55-46.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

Divas of Today, Part One

Part One of two in which we honor the wonderful divas of
the present generation. Included here are selections by:

Vivica Genaux, Stephanie Blythe, Elina Garanca, Dolora Zajick,
Maddalena Kozena, Susan Graham, Joyce di Donato, Judith Forst,
Olga Borodina, Vesselina Kasarova, Ewa Podlés (in photo),
Lisa Gasteen, Ruth Ann Swenson, Christina Gallardo-Domas,
and Barbara Bonney

(62 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-18-02-36-42.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:54am EDT

Si,Vendetta (Re-posted)

For some reason, my first Rigoletto "Si,vendetta" podcast
was flawed, so I am repeating it. We have 11 versions:

Cappuccilli/Bonifaccio      Quilico/Wise      MacNeil/Gencer
Tipton/Koeth                Schlusnus/Berger  MacNeil/Scotto
Campolonghi/Callas       MacNeil/Peters    Warren/Peters
Vargicova/Grundheber           Milnes/Sutherland

              (45 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-16-21-20-25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

Samson et Delilah

 Selections from the Saint-Saens opera "Samson et Delilah
 featuring many fine singers,including:

Ezio Pinza, Robert Merrill, Rise Stevens, Dolora Zajick,
Shirley Verrett, Oralia Dominguez, Rita Gorr, Christa Ludwig,
Ebe Stignani, Giulietta Simionato, Fiorenza Cossotto,
Jose Luccioni, Ramon Vinay, Jon Vickers, Robert Massard,
Rene Maison, and Richard Tucker

                                (70 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-16-00-04-15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am EDT

Great Singers for the Holidays

In the Holiday Spirit, a selection of songs featuring some
of the greatest artists in the world of music:

De Los Angeles, Schumann, Muzio, Schumann-Heink,
Onegin,Thill, Schiotz, Tucker, Kussevitsky, Robeson,
Maynor, Weede, D'Arkor, Tauber, Destinn,Gedda, Erb

                          (68 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-12-10-17-00-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

 20 Sopranos of the Past

An exciting pot-pourri of sopranos of the past. Featured are:

Tetrazzini (in photo), Muzio, Ponselle, Cobelli, Bruna Rasa,
Nordica, Patti, Neshdanova, Kurz, Hempel, Galvany, Jokl,
Poli-Randaccio, Spani, Leider, Ljungberg, Austral, Scuderi,
Arangi-Lombardi, De Hidalgo

                                    (84 minutes)


Direct download: 2006-12-10-01-42-50.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:11am EDT

A Tribute to the Great Richard Tucker

    Many selections in honor of  Richard Tucker, for me, the
    greatest tenor I ever heard in live performance.

Andrea Chenier, Fanciulla Del West, Forza del Destino
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, Ballo in Maschera,
Floridante, La Juive, Turandot, Tosca, Luisa Miller,
Manon Lescaut, Trovatore, and songs.

                              (75 minutes)


Direct download: 2006-12-04-13-46-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:08pm EDT

Callas and Tebaldi Compared

Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi, two of the greatest divas
who ever graced an opera stage, singing the same material
as a point of friendly comparison. Selections are from:

La Gioconda, Aida, Louise, Tosca, Mme.Butterfly,
 Tristan und Isolde,  and Andrea Chenier.

                                    (102 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-11-21-00-03-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

Famous Artists Who Sang at Salzburg

There have been many great artists who appeared at the
Salzburg Festival in the 30's and 40's, and in other theatres.
Here is a pot-piurri that will present some of them to you.

Tiana Lemnitz,Lotte Lehmann, Maria Reining, Charles Kullmann, Koloman Von Pataky, Sigrid Onegin,Marcel Wittrisch,
Alexander Kipnis, Michael Bohnen, Ludwig Weber,
Selma Kurz, Julius Patzak, Hans Hotter, Dino Borgioli,
Maria Cebotari, Ljuba Welitsch, Set Svanholm, and
Alfred Piccaver.

                              (80 minutes)



Direct download: 2006-11-11-22-57-59.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT

The Men in Verdi Operas

Let us give the men a chance! I am so "diva-oriented" I tend
to forget that there is an incredible array of male artists who thrill us. Here are some scenes from Verdi operas featuring:

Richard Tucker, Leonard Warren, Robert Merrill, Jussi Bjoerling,
Samuel Ramey, Thomas Hampson, Cornell MacNeil, Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Giorgio Tozzi, Ezio Flagello,
Sherrill Milnes, Karl Ridderbusch, Carlo Tagliabue, Galliano Masini,
Mario del Monaco, Helge Roswaenge, Heinrich Schlusnus,
Ettore Bastianini,Jerome Hines

                                    (55 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-11-11-13-12-31.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

A Special Tribute to Marcello Giordani, a Great Tenor

  On occasion, even a jaded opera lover like me finds joy
  in discovering a great voice. I find that Signor Giordani
  is one of the great singers in my opera-going experience
  and I am pleased to present live scenes from various operas
  that feature him:

Favorita, Manon, Romeo ,Huguenots, Gioconda, Ballo,
William Tell(with a BIS!!), Adriana Lecouvreur.

                             (85 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-11-09-12-16-33.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

 Che tua madre


A comparison (quiz) of 13 sopranos singing the heartbeaking
second act scene "Che tua madre" from Puccini's Mme.Butterfly.

                                 (54 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-11-04-17-20-55.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:35pm EDT

The Norma Act One Trio

A comparison of 14 renditions of the trio from act one of
 Bellini's Norma, featuring :

Callas, Sills, Cigna, Milanov, Hunter, Cerquetti, Deutekom,
Galvany,Goerke, Flanigan, Scotto, and Suliotis

                             (60 minutes)


Direct download: 2006-10-30-18-38-53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

Attila for Collectors

Selections from Charlie's favorite early Verdi opera.

In the Attila compilation, the following artists are featured:

Gilda Cruz-Romo, Mara Zampieri, Caterina Mancini, Rita Orlandi, Lauren Flanigan, Elizabeth Rethberg,Marisa Galvany,Julia Varady,
Antonietta Stella, Igor Gorin, Piero Cappuccilli,Vladimir Chernov,
Nicolai Ghiaurov, Ezio Pinza, Gianfranco Cecchele,Beniamino Gigli,
Enrico di Giuseppe, Francisco Casanova,Sam Ramey (in photo)

                                (77 minutes) 

Direct download: 2006-10-13-15-33-59.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

 The Rosenkavalier Trio

A pot-pourri of 12 different renditions of the famous
final trio from Strauss' sublime "Der Rosenkavalier."

Selections are announced on the podcast for your edification.

Artists include:  Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Viorica Ursuleac,
 Regine Crespin, Lotte Lehmann, Eleanor Steber,  Helge Dernesch, Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Grummer, Lisa della Casa (in all three roles),
Gundula Janowitz, Elizabeth Soederstrom, Rise Stevens,
Sena Jurinac, Tiana Lemnitz, Susan Graham, Frances Bible,
Jarmila Novotna, Birgitte Fassbaender, Erna Berger, Lucia Popp,
Hilde Gueden, Marita Farell, Judith Raskin, Anne Elgar,
Ileana Cotrubas, Anneliese Rothenberger, and Barbara Bonney

                               (74 minutes)


Direct download: 2006-10-06-14-06-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

Boris is Good Enuff!!!!!

WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This podcast features scenes from Mussorgsky's great work,
     "Boris Godunov." The artists include:

Cesare Siepi, George London, Norman Treigle, Sam Ramey,
Alexander Kipnis, Ludwig Weber, Mark Reizen, Ezio Pinza,
Martha Moedl, Eugenia Zareska, Kerstin Thorborg,
Nicolai Gedda, Leonard Warren, and Benno Kusche


Direct download: 2006-10-05-10-40-00.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Handelmania : Una Furtiva has been REPAIRED!!!!!!

  THEY FIXED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   Let me know if the "Una Furtiva" quiz sounds all right. I published it in a different speed,and want to make sure it is still fine as to sound.

                       I missed you...but those things occur!!!!!!!!

                                       My best  Charlie

Direct download: 2006-10-04-10-42-07.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

 "D'Amor sull'ali rosee" Comparison


   A comparison of 12 sopranos singing the great aria,

    "D'amor sull'ali rosee" from Il Trovatore

               (75 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-09-17-19-02-44.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:40pm EDT

25 More Di Quella Piras

Another  comparison of the aria "Di quella pira," as a quiz for you to guess at least some of them. The photo is of the great Kurt Baum as Enzo. Dig those legs!

(58 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-09-13-18-31-48.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:03pm EDT

Die Frau Ohne Schatten, a great opera!

Scenes from the magnificent Richard Strauss opera,featuring
Leonie Rysanek, Birgit Nilsson,  Ingrid Bjoener, Sabine Hass,
James King, Irene Dalis, Regina Resnik, Christa Ludwig,
Placido Domingo, Inge Borkh, Hildegard Hillebrecht,
Franz Grundheber, Walter Berry, Hanna Schwarz,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Eleanor Steber

   (68 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-09-07-15-45-44.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

"Come Scoglio"


  A Comparison of 11 sopranos singing "COME SCOGLIO"
from Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte."

I am not listing the names below,since some listeners wish to try to guess them from the podcast.

 (68 minutes)


Direct download: 2006-09-06-23-02-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT

A Birthday tribute to Jose Van Dam (8/25/40)

 An affectionate birthday tribute to Jose Van Dam,
 one of the world's most versatile and truly superb
 artists. Selections include music by:

Verdi, Wagner, Mozart, Mahler, Schumann,
             Bizet, Ibert, R.Strauss

(74 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-23-01-58-27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:25am EDT

Janet Baker Birthday Tribute


 Janet Baker,one of the world's greatest artists, was
 born on August 21, 1933. I present a tribute to her
 featuring songs and arias by Handel, Mozart, Pergolesi,
 Schubert, Donizetti, Wagner, and Elgar.

(43 minutes)



Direct download: 2006-08-21-17-46-59.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

Famous German and Viennese Singers

A Collection of famous German (and Viennese) artists:

Julius Patzak, Leo Slezak, Franz Voelker,Margarete Klose,
Maria Olszewska, Karen Branzell, Wilhelm Rode,
Emil Scipper, Hans Hotter, Heinrich Schlusnus,
Michael Bohnen, Georg Hann, Hilde Gueden,
Frida Leider, Erna Berger, Tiana Lemnitz,
Maria Cebotari.

(78 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-21-12-13-54.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

"Amor ti Vieta" with 15 tenors.

A comparison, in the form of a quiz, of 15 tenors singing
the aria "Amor ti vieta" from Umberto Giordano's "Fedora."

You might enjoy using this podcast for an opera party in
order to test your fellow opera buddies!

       (44 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-15-00-59-49.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:24am EDT

Six Tenors' Birthdays

A Birthday Tribute to Six Famous Tenors    

Leon Escalais     8/8/1859
Cesare Vezzani   8/8/1886
Ferruccio Tagliavini   8/14/13
Leo Slezak           8/18/1873
Helge Roswaenge  8/29/1897
Ramon Vinay        8/31/1911

(57 Minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-10-01-29-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:50am EDT

Operatic Doctors

Selections from operas where a doctor (or a so-called doctor) 
is involved in the action. Operas include:

Elisir d"amore, Macbeth, Forza del Destino, Traviata
Don Pasquale, Barbiere di Siviglia, Gianni Schicchi,
Cosi Fan Tutte, Wozzeck Nozze di Figaro, Vanessa
Tales of Hoffmann. 

(64 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-06-17-08-33.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:33pm EDT

Golden Moments in Puccini Operas

Giacomo Puccini was a composer whose operas tugged at our heartstrings. There are so many emotional moments in his works,and here I include one scene from each of his operas,featuring:

Renata Scotto(in photo), Diana Soviero, Renata Tebaldi,
Virginia Zeani, Julia Varady, Krassimira Stoyanova,
Beverly Sills, Christina Gallardo-Domas, Magda Olivero,
Leontyne Price, Dorothy Kirsten, Richard Tucker,
Placido Domingo, Jerry Hadley, and Giovanni Inghilleri

(72 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-05-19-43-35.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT

Klose-Reining-Janowitz Birthdays


Maria Reining                  Born 8/7/03

Gundula Janowitz            Born 8/2/37

Margarete Klose (photo)   Born 8/7/1899


                           (43 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-08-03-10-03-28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

Golden Moments,Part One


Some of the most affecting scenes from various operas:

Walkure, Siegfried, Peter Grimes, Nozze di Figaro,
Saint of Bleecker Street, Elektra, Rosenkavalier,
Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Ariadne, Arabella,
Parsifal, and Porgy and Bess

(69 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-30-01-15-53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:54am EDT

July Birthdays-4

Birthday tributes to four wonderful artists:

Apollo Granforte         7/29/1886

Ludwig Weber  (in photo)    7/29/1899

Gottlob Frick               7/28/06

Olga Borodina              7/29/63

                               (68 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-28-08-37-16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

Mario Del Monaco tribute on his Birthday  7/27/15


A birthday tribute to the very great tenor, Mario del Monaco.
Included are selections from:

Aida, Carmen, Ernani, Andrea Chenier, Otello, Pagliacci,
Fanciulla, Turandot, Il Tabarro, Macbeth.

                                 (62 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-27-14-51-53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

C'est MAGNIFIQUE!!!   Regine Crespin.


A tribute to the magnificent Regine Crespin, one of the
finest divas in opera history. Selections from:

Walkure, Aida, Hoffmann, Dutchman, Troyens,
Carmen, Tosca, and several songs

(75 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-26-23-54-44.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:35am EDT



Eugenia Burzio, Olympia Boronat, Maria Nemeth,
Dusolina Giannini, Germaine Martinelli, Rosetta Pampanini
Margarete Teschemacher, Gertrude Grob-Prandl,
Claudia Novikova, Rosanna Carteri, Ellen Faull,
Luisa Maragliano, Lois Marshall, Irene Jordan,
and Rebecca Evans

                           (57 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-26-06-23-47.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:55am EDT

Less-familiar Puccini Material

A podcast dedicated to some of the somewhat lesser-known Puccini
material. It includes some songs, a cantata for tenor, orchestral music,
and arias from Rondine,Edgar, Le Villi, and La Rondine, plus the
Berio ending from Turandot.

   (Photo: Puccini statue at Lucca)         (64 min.)

Direct download: 2006-07-25-08-34-41.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

Lucrezia Borgia


A series of scenes and arias from Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia,"
featuring some very fine artists such as:

Leyla Gencer, Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, Mariella Devia,
Clara Butt, Tatiana Troyanos, Montserrat Caballe, Alain Vanzo,
Giuseppe Filianoti, Gaetano Scano, Jose Carreras, and
Bonaldo Giaiotti.

                              (52 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-22-21-37-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

Birthdays for July ( No.3)

 A Happy Birthday tribute to Three Great Artists:

Herman Uhde  (July 20, 1914)

Licia Albanese  (July 2, 1913)

Susan Graham  (July 23, 1960)

Giuseppe Di Stefano  (July 24, 1921)

                             (77 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-20-10-25-30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:08am EDT


Scenes from mostly lesser-known operas in the "Verismo" style:

Iris, Risurrezione, L'Amico Fritz, Piccolo Marat, Gloria,
Loreley, Francesca da Rimini, L'Amore de Tre Re,
and the Leoncavallo Boheme.

 ( 72 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-19-18-52-28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

OVER THE TOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A collection of material that illustrates how opera singers can sometimes
become so in love with their own voices, that they forget that the
composers would sock them in the mouth if they were alive.

 Also included are some rather delusional people who have cracked up
 even the most serious opera enthusiast.

Whether you like it or not, you cannot say this boring!!!!!!

PHOTO:  Tim Rogerson's painting, "Over the Top."

                                  (71 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-17-17-47-49.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

A Birthday Tribute to the Great Eleanor Steber (Born July 17, 1914)

Arias as sung by the very great Eleanor Steber on the occasion
of her birthday. Selections from:

Frau, Ernani, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Tosca,
Seraglio, Arabella, The Telephone, Mignon, Idomeneo,
and the "Alleluja" from the Esultate Jubilate

(55 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-15-21-14-25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:44pm EDT

"M'ami..m'ami!"  The Ballo Duet

An exciting comparison podcast of various artists in
 the love duet from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera."


Callas/Di Stefano                   Welitsch/Picchi
Castellani/Del Monaco            Milanov/Bjoerling
Nilsson/Tucker                      Crespin/Bergonzi

                               (76 minutes)

*** You have expressed interest in Galvany..so go to my Youtube site and see more Nabucco!!


Direct download: 2006-07-12-21-31-46.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

July Birthdays- Part two

Our second podcast dedicated to artists who celebrate birthdays
in the month of July:

July 11: 

            Mattiwilda Dobbs (1925)
            Nicolai Gedda  (1925) (in photo)
            Ludmilla Dvorakova (1923)
            Herman Prey     (1929)
            Ebe Stignani  (1903)

July 12:

            Kirsten Flagstad  (1895)
            Gloria Lane   (1925)

                                    (71 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-10-17-57-40.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

The Aida Judgement Scene, Part One

Ten versions of the finale of the exciting Aida "Judgement Scene."

The artists featured include:

Giulietta Simionato (in photo), Fedora Barbieri, Rita Gorr,
Elena Obratsova, Marisa Galvany, Fiorenza Cossotto,
Barbro Ericson, Oralia Dominguez, Bruna Castagna,
Shirley Verrett.

(83 chesty minutes)


Direct download: 2006-07-08-02-03-41.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:49am EDT

Some Marvelous Verdi Trios

   A podcast dedicated to the great trios written by the Master,
   Giuseppe Verdi. I include trios from:

  Aida, Trovatore, I Lombardi and Jerusaleme, Attila, Nabucco,
   Don Carlo, Luisa Miller, Simon Boccanegra, Ernani, and
   La Forza del Destino.

                            (Not a bad "trio" in the photo.)

                                      60 minutes

Direct download: 2006-07-06-21-58-23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:29pm EDT

You vant Petrova?? Vell, you got her!!!!

 I just spoke to Zinka, who vishes you a happy Fourth of July, and she vants to tell you that since she is coaching Vassilka Petrova (I think she is dead)...Vell, she vants to see if it helped...So here are two arias she just recorded.

          Let me know your comments so I can tell her if she is a good teacher up there (or down there...) 

(8 delusional minutes of pleasure)

P.S. Birgit got very angry at me when I told her I spliced in the great Petrova high unnatural B that ends "La Mamma Morta' into her "In questa reggia." (I will someday podcast it)

Direct download: 2006-07-03-22-19-35.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:22pm EDT

A Truly Remarkable Performance of Janacek's "Jenufa."

   The Carnegie Hall audience goes totally ballistic at this
   1988 OONY performance of Jenufa, starring the amazing
   Leonie Rysanek, Gabriella Benackova, and Wieslaw Ochman

 (44 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-02-17-48-53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

July Birthdays (Part One)

Celebration of the birthdays of some important artists:

Peter Anders  7/1/08     Bianca Scaciatti  7/3/1894
Birgitte Fassbaender  7/3/39 Herman Jadlowker 7/5/1877
Willy Treffner  7/5/03  Matti Salminen 7/7/45
Eberhard Waechter 7/9/29  Sergei Lemeshev 7/10/02
Josephine Veasey 7/10/30  Ljuba Welitsch(photo) 7/10/13

(53 minutes)

Direct download: 2006-07-01-02-33-23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:02am EDT

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcZsI6pBpQg

                                  (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

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