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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

"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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST



          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 EST

"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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

 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 EST

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 EST

Viva La Cabaletta-part One.

    A compilation of exciting cabalettas from various
    operas as sung by some of the great artists of the past:

Shirley Verrett, Montserrat Caballe, Virginia Zeani,
Virginia Zeani, Elena Suliotis, Beverly Sills,Mado Robin
Giulietta Simionato, Marilyn Horne, Christa Ludwig,
Antonietta Stella, Joan Sutherland, Nicolai Gedda,
Luciano Pavarotti, Alfredo Kraus, Franco Corelli,
Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov,Sherrill Milnes,
Carlo Bergonzi, and Richard Tucker

Direct download: 2006-05-26-14-01-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

The Great Norman Treigle


   In tribute to this great artist, I present scenes from:
        Mefistofele, Boris, Coq D'or, Susannah, Faust,
                           and Markheim.


If you are interested in Brian Morgan's fine new book,
   which is entitled, "Norman Treigle, Strange Child of Chaos, " 
   it may be obtained from or call the store at:


Direct download: 2006-05-26-00-10-00.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46am EST

For Fans of FEDORA!!!!

Many selections from the Giordano opera,featuring:

Beniamino Gigli, Jussi Bjoerling, Daniele Barioni,
Giacinto Prandelli, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Piero Pauli
Giuseppe Di Stefano, Galliano Masini, Saturno Meletti,
Giuseppe Giacomini, Diana Soviero, Renata Tebaldi, 
Mirella Freni, Magda Olivero,  and Elena Nicolai

Direct download: 2006-05-24-12-36-14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Early Verdi Operas, Part One


 Exciting music from some of Verdi's early operas such as:

   Attila, Aroldo, Stiffelio, Alzira, Il Corsaro,Oberto,
   I Lombardi,Gerusalemme,Un Giorno di Regno,
   I Masnadieri, I Due Foscari,Giovanna D'Arco,
    and La Battaglia Di Legnano.

Among the artists featured are:

  Renata Tebaldi, Marisa Galvany, Leyla Gencer,
  Luisa Maragliano, Montserrat Caballe, Justino Diaz,
  Piero Cappuccili, Renato Bruson, Renato Cioni,
  Aprile Millo, Antonietta Stella, and Angeles Gulin

Direct download: 2006-05-21-15-16-32.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:59pm EST

Rolando Villazon LIVE!!!!


 Songs and arias as performed live by the brilliantly
    talented young tenor, Rolando Villazon, who has 
endeared himself to so many operalovers,
by nature of his brilliant voice, ans his
totally captivating personality.

Direct download: 2006-05-21-01-22-21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:50am EST

The Joys of British Opera

        A historical look at some of the great stars of British Opera:

Eva Turner, Janet Baker, Josephine Veasey, Heddle Nash,
Isobel Baillie, Kathleen Ferrier, Tano Ferendinos,
Florence Austral, Miriam Licette, Gerald Davies,
Muriel Brunskill, Gerald Davies, Peter Dawson
Alexander Young, Lisa Perli (aka Dora Labette),
Elsie Suddaby, and Redvers Llewellyn


Direct download: 2006-05-20-10-32-36.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19am EST

Verdi Soprano/Baritone Duets


Giuseppe Verdi wrote some of his most remarkable music
for baritone and soprano. This podcast features duets from
eleven of his works, and features baritones such as:

Cornell MacNeil, Piero Cappuccili, Leonard Warren,
Roberto Frontali, Gino Bechi, Sherrill Milnes,
Antonio Boyer, Ettore Bastianini, and
Gian-Giacomo Guelfi.

The sopranos include:  Montserrat Caballe, Virginia Zeani,
Zinka Milanov, Leyla Gencer, Renata Tebaldi,
Renata Scotto, Maria Callas, Shirley Verrett, &
Sondra Radnovsky

(Photo: Maria Guleghina and Renato Bruson in Nabucco)

Direct download: 2006-05-19-06-52-17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:35am EST

Zinka Milanov 100th Anniversary Tribute-Part Two


   Part Two of the 100th anniverary tribute to the
      great Zinka Milanov,born on May 17,1906


Direct download: 2006-05-17-22-30-42.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:21pm EST

Zinka Milanov 100th Anniversary Tribute-Part One.

   Part one of a tribute to the very great Zinka Milanov,
   born on May 17th, 1906. She meant more to me than
   any other singer I ever heard live, and I continue to
   cherish her memory.

        (Photo: Zinka and guess who? circa 1960)

Direct download: 2006-05-17-18-32-00.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:24pm EST

Ernani on Cetra


   Highlights from one of the most exciting recordings
   of Verdi's opea. The cast includes Caterina Mancini,
   Gino Penno, Giuseppe Taddei, and Giacomo Vaghi,
   conducted by Fernando Previtali   (1951)

Direct download: 2006-05-13-23-15-38.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:45pm EST

Finale of Act One of the Menotti opera, featuring Catherine Malfitano, Sandra Walker, and the late Enrico di Giuseppe.

Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm EST

The Strauss Four ( 16??) Last Songs.


    A comparison of various renditions of Strauss' Four Last Songs,
   including the world premiere (1950) as sung by Kirsten Flagstad.

    Since many people like to test themselves on a podcast  
like this, I am deliberately not listing the
artists here. The artists' names will be
provided after each group of three selections.



Direct download: 2006-05-13-11-39-38.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

Simon Boccanegra For Collectors.

 Many scenes and arias from Verdi's sometimes neglected masterpiece
 featuring the following artists:

Zinka Milanov, Antonietta Stella, Leyla Gencer, Josela Ligi,
Christina Gallardo-Domas, Elizabeth Rethberg, Carlo Bergonzi,
Richard Tucker, Giovanni Martinelli, Lawrence Tibbett,
Leonard Warren, Giuseppe Valdengo, Jose Van Dam,
Cesare Siepi, Leo Nucci, Frank Guarrera, Tito Gobbi,
Nicolai Ghiaurov, Sesto Bruscantini, Franz Grundheber,
Giuseppe Taddei,Andre Turp, and Gwynne Howell

Direct download: 2006-05-13-00-12-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:03am EST

Opera in the "wrong' language

   You now have access to ARCHIVES as noted to the right of the page,by month. Therefore you can begin to download anything from the past that you might have missed.


These are Italian operas sung in German and German operas sung in Italian:
(1-9 in German.Rest in Italian)


1. Cavalleria Duet:Astrid Varnay,James Pease

2. Figaro Finale: Erich Kunz, Hilde Gueden,
Elizabeth Grummer, Paul Schoeffler

3/4. Tosca act two scene: Hildegard Ranczak and Georg Hann and then Leonie Rysanek and Josef Metternich

5. Forza Duet:Gottlob Frick and Carla Martinis

6. Rigoletto Duet:Rita Streich and Josef Metternich

7. Turandot: Gertrude Grob-Prandl

8. Macbeth aria:  Martha Moedl

9.Aida Nile Duet:Leonie Rysanak and George London

10. Rienzi aria:Francesco Vignas

11. Brangaene's Warning: Cloe Elmo

12. Parsifal Act Two Scene  Maria Callas and Africo Baldelli

13/14. Renata Tebaldi in Tannhauser and in Lohengrin(w.Gino Penno)

15. Edward Johnson(Former Met General Manager) in Parsifal Finale.

Sorry for the problem.All will be resolved soon.

NOTE: On earlier podcasts,you will see a note at the end of the podcast that you click on so you can download it.




Direct download: 2006-05-12-12-52-52.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:36pm EST

Opera Stars go POP!!!!

     This is a podcast in which famous opera stars sing
 popular music. Since I have not revealed the names
 of the artists until AFTER the selections, as a kind of
 guessing game, I am not listing them here.
        Have fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   (Photo: The Very Great Karita Mattila) 

Direct download: 2006-05-04-11-01-31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46am EST


 A pot-pourri of selections that have in common the letter "Z."

Included are scenes from Zaira, Zaza, and an opera by
Zandonai, plus scenes and arias as sung by:

Zeani, Zamboni, Zajick, Zednik, Zschau, Zanasi,
Zinetti, Ziliani, Zenatello, Zylis-Gara, Zakharova,
plus Zinka Milanov, Zarah Leander, and even
Zubin Mehta conducting.

I zinzerely hope you will not fall azleep while
lizening to these zelections.

                     Zounds like fun!!!!!


Direct download: 2006-05-04-01-29-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:17am EST

The Magnificent Voice of Cesare Siepi

One of the all-time greatest bassos, Cesare Siepi,
is heard in arias and scenes from Salvator Rosa,
Nozze di Figaro, Forza del Destino, Ernani, Vespri,
Don Carlo,La Favorita, Italiana in Algeri, in a selection
of Italian songs, and in his renditions of some of the
songs of Cole Porter.


Direct download: 2006-05-03-17-28-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:05pm EST

La Fanciulla Del West, A Beautiful Opera

A series of excerpts from Puccini's superb opera.
Included in these scenes are the following artists:

Franco Corelli, Richard Tucker, Anselmo Colzani,
Giuseppe Taddei, Nino Puglisi, Mario Chingari,
Daniele Barioni, Gian-Giacomo Guelfi, Clifford Harvuot,
Renata Tebaldi,Aprile Millo, Magda Olivero,
Dorothy Kirsten,Gigliola Frazzoni, Antonietta Stella,
 and Johanna Meier.




Direct download: 2006-05-03-00-12-48.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:03am EST

A Tribute to the Great Christa Ludwig

Selections from the opera and song repertory of this
very great artist;included are scenes from:

Frau Ohne Schatten,Tristan und Isolde,Walkure,
Macbeth, Lohengrin, Nozze di Figaro, and songs
by Wagner and Mahler.

Direct download: 2006-05-02-01-27-20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:05am EST





                  RICHARD TUCKER

  (Photo: Mario del Monaco as Otello)

Direct download: 2006-05-01-01-35-03.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:27am EST

Handelmania Presents Handel.

A selection of arias from various Handel operas:
Rinaldo, Rodelinda, Alcina, Serse, Giulio Cesare,
Judas Maccabeus, Joshua, Floriodante, Semele 
Acis and Galatea.  Artists featured are:

Bryn Terfel, Richard Tucker, Ewa Podles, Marilyn Horne,
David Daniels, Janet Baker, Samuel Ramey, Beverly Sills,
Norman Treigle, Kathleen Ferrier, Kathleen Battle,
Joan Sutherland, Fritz Wunderlich, and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson


 Well,let us see how this works, and if it does, in the words of my friend Arnie, "I'll be bach."

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:18pm EST

"O Don Fatale."

Fifteen exciting interpretations of the great mezzo aria
"O Don Fatale." I am not announcing the names
of the artists until each group of three is played
because I want you to play a guessing game;also
you might want to use this post as a quiz at an opera party.

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:26am EST

Highlights from Wagner's Ring Operas


Exciting Scenes from the four Wagner Ring operas,
featuring such artists as:

Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgng Windgassen, Herman Uhde,
Martha Moedl,Gertrude Grob-Prandl, George London
Gottlob Frick, Astrid Varnay, Gustav Neidlinger,
Ludwig Weber, Regina Resnik, 
Lauritz Melchior, Rita Hunter, Marjorie Lawrence,
Set Svanholm, Leonie Rysanek, Hans Hotter,
Jon Vickers, Ramon Vinay, and Hans Beirer

       Photo: Finale of Die Gotterdamerung

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49pm EST

Diana Soviero,The Last Verismo Diva

Diana Soviero, considered one of the greatest "Verismo Divas" in recent years, following in the tradition of Claudia Muzio, Mafalda Favero,
Virginia Zeani, and Magda Olivero, is heard in selections from:

Tosca,Adriana,Butterfly,Risurrezione,Fedora, Andrea Chenier,
Pearl Fishers, Mefistofele, Gloria, The Leoncavallo Boheme,
Romeo et Juliette, and La Traviata.

I had to crack up tonight because I had Diana listen to some of this podcast while we were on the phone...What was funny is that she kept saying, "Did I do that??" She is just such fun and hope to get your comments on the singing.

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:17pm EST

The Russians are coming!!!!!!!!

 Exploring the art of some of the famous Russian artists
 of past and present;included are such names as:

Petrov, Koslovsky, Nelepp, Sobinov, Smirnov,
Dolukhanova, Nezhdanova, Lisitsian, Lemeshev
Sibiriakov, Guryakova, Aleksashkin, Gedda,
Borodina, and Hvorostovsky (photo

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:29am EST

 Never Trash Adriana Lecouvreur!!

   A series of scenes from Cilea's opera,including a little
    guessing game.Artists featured are:

Magda Olivero, Diana Soviero, Leyla Gencer, 
Placido Domingo, Mafalda Favero, Beniamino Gigli,
Dolora Zajick, Renata Tebaldi, Marcello Giordani,
Aprile Millo, Giacomo Aragall,
Franco Corelli, Giuseppe Taddei, Regina Resnik,
and some
"surprise guests!!"

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

Singers Who Express Great Emotion

 A collection of various artists who have expressed great
emotion in their vocalism. They include:

Mafalda Favero, Claudia Muzio, Lotte Lehmann 
Martha Moedl, Maria Callas, Bidu Sayao, 
 Licia Albanese, Magda Olivero, Tito Gobbi,
Enrico Caruso, Virginia Zeani (photo as Aida), and Richard Tauber

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:43pm EST

"Not -to-neglect the bassos!"

Selections by some of the famous bassos of past and present:

 Nazareno de Angelis, Mark Reizen, Ivar Andresen, 
 Gottlob Frick, Ludwig Weber,  
 Tancredi Pasero, Alexander Kipnis, Adamo Didur, 
   Ezio Pinza, Herbet Alsen,Cesare Siepi, Norman Treigle, 
Rene Pape, Samuel Ramey, and an oddity as sung by
Capiton Zaporojetz

Photo:Ezio Pinza as Don Giovanni  

 Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49am EST

In Memory of Leonard Warren: Apr.21,1911-Mar.4, 1960

  In memory of the remarkable American baritone,Leonard Warren,
  born this day in 1911, I present a selection of arias and scenes
  from Aida, Forza, Ernani, Macbeth, Pagliacci, Andrea Chenier,
  Barbiere,Tales of Hoffmann,Tannhauser,Faust,Rigoletto,
   and Simon Boccanegra.

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46am EST

The Beloved Renata Tebaldi

   I just wanted to stop a moment and think of someone who was the darling of all of us in the olden days at the Met. We were teens just turning on to opera, and Renata Tebaldi made our lives so very joyous; those of us who remember her on and off stage will never forget her. Her performances were truly "events." She remained every night and signed every single program,even in freezing weather.
     She "adopted" us so to speak and as the years passed,I never failed to wish her a happy birthday,until the very last year of her life. You know, I just cannot bring myself to remove her telephone number from my address/phone directory. I think it will stay there as long as I live!
     I hope this little tribute is not too saccharine and/or pretentious, and if you feel it is,just let me is just that I wanted to remember her with all my love and affection.

P.S. This 1955 photo was taken at one of our huge affairs for her. She said to me, "Dammi il braccio,mio piccinO," and I responded, "Obbedisco,signorA," and happily someone snapped the photo.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:10am EST

A Cavalleria Rusticana Pot-pourri

 I am repeating my Cavalleria podcast,since there had been
a glitch in the original. Many exciting selections from Mascagni's
great work featuring such artists as:

Regina Resnik, Zinka Milanov,Giannina Arangi-Lombardi,
Astrid Varnay, Leonie Rysanek, Marisa Galvany,
Lina Bruna-Rasa, Aase Nordmo-Loevberg, Eileen Farrell,
Giulietta Simionato, Franco Corelli, Jussi Bjoerling,
Alain Vanzo,Richard Tucker,Hans Hopf,Placido Domingo,
Afro Poli, and Heddle Nash.


Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:42pm EST

A Collector's Macbeth


 A marvelous pot-pourri (if a bit lengthy) of material
 from Verdi's great opera,mostly live,but a few are
 from commercial recordings.Artists include:

Shirley Verrett, Elena Suliotis, Lauren Flanigan, Leyla Gencer ,
Julia Varady, Birgit Nilsson, Christa Ludwig,
Rita Hunter, Maria Callas, Leonard Warren, Enrico Caruso,
Enzo Mascherini, Piero Cappuccilli, Giorgio Tozzi, and Nicolai Ghiaurov

PHOTO: The late Elena Suliotis as Lady Macbeth

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:45pm EST

Squillante tenors-Volume One

An exciting compilation of arias by  
  tenors from an era in which the "squillo" (ring)   
in the voice was so common. The tenors included are:

Giovanni Zenatello, Jose Palet, Mario Gilion, Francisco Vinas,
Isidoro Fagoaga, Antonio Cortis, Piero Pauli, Antonio Paoli,
Mario Filippeschi, John O'Sullivan, Miguel Villabella, and
     Leonce Escalais (in photo) 

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:25pm EST

Celeste Aida and the Passaggio

An analysis of the aria "Celeste Aida" as sung by various tenors,
including :
Tucker, Di Stefano, Martinelli, Baum,Caruso, 
Del Monaco,and Bjoerling

The comparison is designed to understand
   the concept of "covering" the tone 
and the term "passaggio" 

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15am EST

A Mozart Celebration-Part One.

An exciting selection of scenes and arias from many Mozart operas
featuring many great artists:

Eleanor Steber, Ljuba Welitsch, June Bronhill, 
  Herman Jadlowker, John McCormack, Beverly Sills,  
Leontyne Price, Mado Robin, Maria Galvany, 
Susan Graham, and Janet Baker     

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

 Live Highlights from the Ring,Vienna 1933-1941

Live excerpts from the Ring as performed in Vienna between
1933 and 1941. Artists featured are:

  Set Svanholm, Franz Voelker, Maria Jeritza, Friedrich Schorr,
  Gertrude Kappel, and Hilde Konetzni

        PHOTO:  Maria Jeritza

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:49pm EST

40th Anniversary of Zinka Milanov's Retirement April 13!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost forgot...40 years ago today,the greatest singer I ever heard live, Zinka Milanov, retired with an Andrea Chenier. She did sing the final Chenier duet with Richard Tucker at the Met Gala closing of the old house on April 16, but Apr.13 was her official retirement date.
On that occasion,the 87th time I saw her live,the voice was as clear and fresh as it was when I first saw her. Yes,the tears came,not only among us, but she could barely speak,and when I listen to her emotional (and very short) farewell speech,those memories return.
On May 17th,we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth,and the book should be out that month also. As much as I thrilled to her singing so often,she really contributed to my not having a great average in college,but
I would do it the same way if I had the time machine running.
When you are a teenage opera lover and someone "bigger-than-life' comes never forget...and she was the one who helped to
bring me so much joy for so long. God Bless You, my Zeeeenka...I bet
today you are singing your "Pace" just as well as ever (with Rosa looking on with envy!!!!!!)

With greatest affection,

Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EST

Meta Seinemeyer (1895-1928)

Meta Seinemeyer,who passed away at only age 33, was one of the truly magnificent sopranos of her era. What a pity she never lived to thrill even more audiences throughout the opera world.

The arias are from La Boheme, Andrea Chenier, Tosca, Der Freischutz, Manon Lescaut, and Tristan und Isolde.

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:40am EST

Oh! That "Di Quella Pira!!!"

 A comparison of twelve famous tenors singing this exciting aria:

                   Gigli, De Muro

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:26am EST

EMI Artists

        A pot-pourri of 15 artists who recorded for EMI:

Sills,Dimitrova,Caballe ,Moser,Scotto,Bacquier,Van Dam,Baltsa

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:19am EST

Famous Artists Who Sang at La Scala

 A selection of 18 truly marvelous artists who performed at La Scala between 1880 and 1940:

         De Lucia,Sobinov,Bonci,Vinas,
         De Angelis,Pasero,Spani, Masini,
         Escalais,Zamboni,De Muro,
         Dalla Rizza,De Hidalgo,

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Direct download: 2006-04-11-09-11-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55am EST

Fifteen Delicious Divas A pot-pourri of fifteen famous sopranos. They include:

Magda Olivero, Gianna Arangi-Lombardi, Mafalda Favero, Ninon Vallin, Bidu Sayao, Eva Turner, Ljuba Welitsch, Rosetta Pampanini, Germaine Lubin, Claudia Muzio, Elizabeth Grummer, Martha Moedl, Rosa Ponselle, Licia Albanese, and Gina Cigna (w.Cloe Elmo).
Direct download: 2006-04-10-02-09-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47am EST

Sempre Libera Divas

I think you will really have a great time with these 16 famous Violettas,especially the last one in the bunch. Remember, I am not posting the names here in case you wish to test yourself or some others.(Photo: Diana Soviero)
Bonus: a video of Anna Moffo singing the first act aria from "La traviata."

Direct download: 2006-04-09-21-12-39.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:01pm EST

A Collector's Flying Dutchman

  Many exciting renditions of material from the great work. I hope you enjoy the selections I have included.




Direct download: 2006-04-09-15-02-17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

"Nessun Dorma" Collection

Listen to this glorious aria as sung by ten famous tenors:

         (I am not naming them here so that you might use the podcast as a quiz for yourself or others)

Direct download: 2006-04-09-03-19-01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:40am EST

The Mad World of Opera

This is a collection of totally delusional divas and divos and a series of live outbursts by both artists and audience members! Perfect for opera gatherings, but be warned that you might need a generous supply of tranquilizers and anti-acids.

Direct download: 2006-04-08-13-18-52.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

 "Che gelida manina"

Ten famous tenors sing this great aria from La Boheme. They include:

Giuseppe Anselmi
Carlo Bergonzi
Antonio Cortis
Giuseppe Di Stefano
John McCormack
Miguel Fleta
Alfred Piccaver
Aureliano Pertile
Jussi Bjoerling
Beniamino Gigli

BONUS:  "Music Minus One" accompaniment to the aria -- so you can sing it ... (I hope!!!!)

Direct download: 2006-04-07-23-08-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:37pm EST

An April 8th Birthday Tribute to Franco Corelli

These selections should afford you some idea of the incredible thrills that Franco Corelli produced for audiences wherever he performed. In memory of this great tenor,I offer this birthday tribute.  (Photo:Calaf)

Direct download: 2006-04-07-18-34-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Exciting Opera Duets

An exciting series of duets,mostly soprano/tenor,taken from live and commercial recordings. I think you will enjoy the selections,featuring some of the great artists of the past. (Photo:Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo in Roberto Devereux,1970)

Direct download: 2006-04-07-00-37-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:10am EST

Tribute to Afro-American Artists

Since Marian Anderson made her Met debut as Ulrica in 1955, several Afro-American artists have followed; in addition,several black artists of the past must be recognized for their fine singing:

      Marian Anderson (photo),Leontyne Price,Paul Robeson, Dorothy Maynor,Grace Bumbry,Shirley Verrett,Florence Quivar,Angela Brown, Lawrence Brownlee

Direct download: 2006-04-06-21-32-31.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

Artists I Have Known and Loved

I present to you nine artists whom I have come to know personally.I first "met" them as I attended performances they gave and felt that they were among the finest singers I had ever heard,and over the years a certain friendship has grown between us.The artists are:

Aprile Millo,Elizabeth Carron,Frank Guarrera,Olivia Stapp, Diana Soviero (See Video of Juliette Scene),Lucine Amara,Samuel Ramey,Marisa Galvany, and Virginia Zeani  (in photo)

Direct download: 2006-04-04-21-37-25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:10pm EST

Famous Mezzos and Contraltos-Volume One

The first in a series of selections by famous mezzos/contraltos:

Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Conchita Supervia(in photo), Sigrid Onegin,

Clara Butt, Zara Dolukhanova, Claudia Novikova, Kathleen Ferrier.

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Direct download: 2006-04-04-00-04-51.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21am EST

Tenors Who Appeared at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa

Selections by Giulio Crimi, Bernardo De Muro, Aureliano Pertile (in photo as Cavaradossi) Giovanni Zenatello, Aroldo Lindi,Giuseppe Taccani,Roberto D'Allesio

Direct download: 2006-04-03-20-14-22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:30pm EST

Not very "Celeste" Aida

 Extremely LOW-lights from Aida featuring sopranos Olive Middleton and Vassilka Petrova, as well as mezzo(?) Sylvia Sawyer.

  I think the guy in the photo would sound better!!!!!!!!!!!

Direct download: 2006-04-03-02-36-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:58am EST

Magda Olivero in Amsterdam.

The amazing Magda Olivero,( born  March 25,1910), a true "miracle" of  singing, in selections from concerts in Amsterdam from 1962,1968,and 1972.

Direct download: 2006-04-02-15-34-34.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:49pm EST

Seven Baritones in the "German Fach"

   Recordings by seven baritones who excelled especially in the German Fach:

      Georg Hann,Michael Bohnen,Joel Berglund,Rudolf Bockelmann,

              Paul Schoeffler,Herman Prey, George London

Direct download: 2006-04-02-09-59-37.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20am EST

Daniele Barioni

   One of the most beautiful natural tenor voices that I and my fellow standees (1957) ever heard. I want more of you out there to come to appreciate this ravishing voice.

Direct download: 2006-04-02-01-37-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48am EST

 A Tribute to Artists Who Have Left us

 In loving memory of some of the great artists who have passed away recently. Let us all celebrate their careers.

       Theodore Uppmann,Enrico Di Giuseppe,Piero Cappuccilli,

       James King, Robert Merrill, Alfredo Silipigni/Jerome Lo Monaco 

                               and Birgit Nilsson



Direct download: 2006-03-31-19-04-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:21pm EST

 The Great Zinka Milanov,my all-time favorite singer

I present this tribute to Zinka Milanov,my all-time favorite artist. She sings excerpts from La Gioconda,Ernani,Andrea Chenier,La Forza del Destino, and Norma. Enjoy!

Direct download: 2006-03-31-12-40-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:11pm EST

The Great Regina Resnik as Soprano and Mezzo-soprano

      I have always felt that Mme.Regina Resnik has been one of our greatest artists,not only in her varied opera career as soprano and mezzo-soprano,but also as teacher,producer,director,filmmaker,etc.
       I think this special tribute will thrill you and help you to understand the genius of this great artist in a program of many of her roles as mezzo and soprano.


Direct download: 2006-03-31-02-42-41.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:55am EST

Elektra Exc.1965 Vienna If you had atttended the Met performances of this opera with the same cast (Nilsson, Resnik, Rysanek), you would have needed oxygen!
Direct download: 2006-03-30-22-58-48.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:09pm EST

Anna Bolena Scenes featuring Marisa Galvany,Olivia Stapp, and Samuel Ramey

One of the most exciting performances of this opera (from 1974)

     (Photo: Sam Ramey,Wife, and new basso)

Direct download: 2006-03-29-23-14-57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EST

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