Marisa Galvany (Re-done)

Marisa Galvany, one of the most exciting artists, in a podcast
featuring material from Aida,Norma,Tosca,Traviata, and
Anna Bolena.

          This is a re-doing of a previous Galvany podcast, with
       the deletion of three items, but the narration remains the
        same, so references to Macbeth, Ernani, and the Aida
         "Ritorna Vincitor"  are to be ignored.

                  Let me know all is now well!!!!!!!!!

Direct download: 2007-12-28-09-48-58.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:06am EDT

More nuttiness in opera.

Still another "adventure" into some of the unusual happenings
in the opera world. Fun for opera gatherings!!!!!  ENJOY!!!

                                 (54 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-12-09-23-40-27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:56pm EDT

The Beautiful Voice of Pavel Lisitsian

Songs, Arias, and opera scenes, as performed by the great
Pavel Lisitsian, possessive of one of the most beautiful
baritone voices in opera history. (All material announced)

                                   (78 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-12-09-00-43-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:06am EDT

Opera Craziness,Volume One.

Volume One of a compilation of some of the funniest,
most bizarre, most unusual happenings in opera. I do hope
you enjoy this podcast, and will request another.

I strongly recommend you go to:                       

             Donald Collup has prepared four fabulous volumes of these "oddities" and I think you might want to purchase one or more of  them.

(70 min.)

Direct download: 2007-12-05-22-47-07.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

Finales of Verdi Operas, part two.

The second part of the celebration of the great Verdi, with
 the finales of:

      Macbeth ( 2 versions), Luisa Miller, Rigoletto, Trovatore,
      Traviata, Vespri Siciliani, Simon Boccanegra, Ballo in Maschera,
      Forza del Destino, Don Carlo, Aida, Otello, and Falstaff

      (All casts announced)         (71 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-12-01-13-45-22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

Verdi Opera Finales, Part One

The first of a two-part celebration of the great Giuseppe
Verdi's genius, featuring the finale of almost all his works.

Included here are the finales of:
  Nabucco, I Lombardi, Gerusalemme, Ernani, I Due Foscari,
  Giovanna D'Arco, Alzira, Attila, I Masnadieri, Il Corsaro,
   La Battaglia di Legnano, Stiffelio, and Aroldo.

               (Cast details announced)     ( 62 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-12-01-12-45-49.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

Yeletsky's beautiful aria

The beautiful aria of Prince Yeletsky in act two
 of Tchaikowsky's "Pique Dame" as sung by:

Dmitri Hvorostovsky(in photo), Hugo Hasslo, Bernd Weikl,
William Walker, Pavel Lisitsian, Ettore Bastianini,
Heinrich Schlusnus, Vladimir Chernov, Nikola Mitic,
Andrei Fedosoyev, and Hans Herman Nissen.

                             (53 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-11-25-18-33-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:48pm EDT

Birgit Nilsson as Elektra 1965-1982.

Birgit Nilsson as Elektra from her first
performance in role (1965) to her last
in 1982. A great lady!!

(67 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-11-23-06-58-30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:16am EDT

A Great Forza del Destino

 Scenes from the great March 17, 1956 Met Forza del Destino,
  featuring my four favorite singers in their respective voice
  categories (of singers I have seen live):

  Zinka Milanov, Leonard Warren, Cesare Siepi, and Richard Tucker

                                  (74 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-11-19-23-01-47.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT


A comparison of several mezzos/sopranos singing the Ortrud Curse from act two of Wagner's "Lohengrin."  Included are:

Astrid Varnay(in photo),Margarete Klose, Janis Martin,
Mignon Dunn, Eva Randova, Nadine Denize, Gwyneth Jones,
Janina Baechle, Linda Watson, Margaret Harshaw,
Kerstin Thorborg, Marjorie Lawrence, Edith Walker

                              (53  loud minutes)


Direct download: 2007-11-18-01-35-57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:49am EDT

Gianni Raimondi

I sincerely hope you will enjoy this podcast,dedicated to
a fine tenor, Gianni Raimondi. Raimondi is one of those
artists who deserves more recognition, and it is my pleasure
to present ten arias from his repertory.

                                 (56 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-11-14-15-03-43.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:19pm EDT

Turandot Act One Finale

Ten versions of the finale of act one of Puccini's "Turandot"
featuring some of the great tenors and sopranos who essayed
their roles.

     ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!         Charlie

                                   (73 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-11-13-04-48-59.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:11am EDT

Addio del Passato

  A comparison of various renditions of the Traviata aria
  "Addio del passato" as sung by 15 great sopranos...and a
   slightly less-famous one.

                                  (84 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-10-29-21-34-01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:57pm EDT

Caruso in Song

      Twenty songs as sung by the great Enrico Caruso. I think
  you will agree with me that this man has been what many
  have termed a "Vocal God." No words can adequately
  describe the heart and soul that pours from this great tenor.
       I sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast and will comment as you wish.

                                  (72 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-10-24-10-42-24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:05am EDT

Operatic Trios

A selection of trios from various operas:

William Tell, Norma, Trovatore,Faust,Ernani,
Don Carlo, Gotterdamerung, Beatrice di Tenda,
Cosi Fan Tutte, Tales of Hoffmann, Vespri Siciliani,
 Forza del Destino, I Lombardi ,Rosenkavalier.

   (73 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-10-22-21-40-55.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

Bulent Bezduz, a great new voice!

Quite a superb new tenor from Turkey. How many tenors
do we know who can take the high E flat in the Lucia duet????

Direct download: 2007-09-30-20-07-06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

Renata and Charlie

 Who is that lady with Charlie???????????????

It is like this: At a party in 1955, she grabbed my hand and said, "Dammi il braccio mio piccino"(Boheme quote with a gender change). I then said,
" Obbedisco,signoraaaa."  (Even then I knew the words.).Someone happened to snap our picture. This experience will live in my heart forever as a happy memory of one of the sweetest people I ever knew.  

Direct download: I_did_sing_with_Renata.jpg
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EDT

Romeo et Juliette

Six performances of Romeo et Juliette. Featured in the finale of act two and the act three duet are:

  Jussi Bjoerling/Bidu Sayao, Roberto Alagna/Angela Gheorghiu,
  Marcello Giordani/ Nora Ansellem, Raoul Jobin/Patrice Munsel,
  Ramon Vargas/Anna Maria Martinez, Rolando Villazon/Anna Netrebko

                                   (79 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-10-12-19-29-56.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT


Eleven versions of the beautiful "Marietta Lied" from Korngold's
"Die Tote Stadt."  Included are:

Beverly Sills, Maria Jeritza, Stephanie Sundine, Emily Magee,
Marilyn Zschau, Ilona Steingruber, Ellen Faull.Stella Roman,
Angela Denoke, Carol Neblett, and Eileen Farrell.

                                 (63 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-10-11-00-46-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:03am EDT

The Wonderful Rita Gorr

A tribute to the great mezzo Rita Gorr. Selections from:

Orfeo(in photo), Aida, Troyens, Walkure, Tristan und Isolde,
Samson et Delilah, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder.

                                  (77 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-10-02-21-35-41.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

Great Duets-Volume Two

This is the second podcast devoted to great duets.You will hear 12 duets as sung by some of the most famous artists.There are
both live and commercial recordings in this podcast. Included are:

Beverly Sills/Placido Domingo, Frieda Hempel/Herman Jadlowker,
Jussi Bjoerling/Robert Merrill/, Benita Valente/Tatiana Troyanos,
Giovanni Martinelli/Lawrence Tibbett, Thomas Stewart/Evelyn Lear,
Joyce Di Donato/Patricia Ciofi, Thomas Hampson/Jerry Hadley,
Leontyne Price/Mario Sereni, Renata Scotto/Jose Carreras,
Camilla Williams/Lawrence Winters, Ivan Koslovsky/Pavel Lisitsian

                                       (74 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-09-22-20-25-33.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT

Singers in the roles they created

A selection of arias as sung by the very artists who created
their roles. Featured are:

Mary Garden (pictured), Rosina Storchio, Cesira Ferrani,
Gemma Bellincioni, Richard Temple,
Enrico Caruso, Giuseppe Anselmi, Medea Mei-Figner,
Giuseppe de Luca, Angelica Pandolfini, Eduardo Garbin,
Victor Maurel, Francesco Tamagno, Fernando de Lucia,
Celestina Boninsegna, and Mario Sammarco

        ( 60 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-09-16-15-21-50.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:38pm EDT

In Loving Memory of Luciano Pavarotti

   A tribute to the memory of the late Luciano Pavarotti
   who passed away on Sept.5, 2007. Live selections are from:

Traviata,Lombardi,Fedora,Lucia,Rigoletto, Elisir d'Amore,
Fille du Reggiment, Manon, La Favorita, Luisa Miller, and
The Verdi Requiem.Also included is the Tosti "Ideale."

Rest in Peace, Luciano,  one who brought so much to so many!

                                      (71 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-09-06-10-07-50.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:28am EDT

Happy Birthday to Daniele Barioni

  My birthday tribute to a wonderful tenor, Daniele Barioni,
   born on September 6, 1930. The podcasts includes arias from:

Fedora, L'Arlesiana, Turandot, La Rondine, Macbeth,
Mme.Butterfly, Boheme (Leoncavallo).

                               (31 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-09-05-15-57-57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:06pm EDT

Another "Golden  Age"(no.3)

Great singers, mostly from the 40's and 50's,many of whom 
were as "Golden" as those of past generations. Included are:

Pavel Lisitsian (in photo), Joel Berglund, Paul Schoeffler,
Gino Bechi, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Ferruccio Tagliavini,
Raoul Jobin, Cloe Elmo, Ebe Stignani, Blanche Thebom,
Erna Berger, Rosetta Pampanini, Dorothy Kirsten,
Joan Hammond, Sena Jurinac, Sarah Scuderi, Dorothy Maynor,
 and the late Rose Bampton.

         (77 min.)

Direct download: 2007-09-04-23-54-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:13am EDT

Golden Age Stars,volume 2

Here is the second volume of what I term "Golden Age Stars."
There is surely enough wonderful material for literally hundreds
of programs, since the number of recordings is incredible. I present:

Eva Turner (pictured), Hina Spani, Marcella Sembrich, Maria Gay,
Elvira de Hidalgo, Maria Ivogun, Olympia Boronat, Lotte Schoene,
Elizabeth Rethberg, Kathleen Ferrier, Lucrezia Bori, Clara Butt,
Francisco Vinas, Francesco Tamagno, Sergei Lemeshev,
Dmitri Smirnov, Ezio Pinza, Alesander Kipnis, Riccardo Stracciari,
 and Enrico Caruso.               ENJOY!!!!!

                                      (84  minutes)

Direct download: 2007-08-27-13-32-13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

The Finale of Act One of Die Walkure

A comparison of various performances of the finale of Act One
 of Wagner's "Die Walkure." The pairs of lovers are:

Lauritz Melchior and the late Rose Bampton
Ramon Vinay and Regina Resnik
Max Lorenz and Martha Moedl
Rene Maison and Marjorie Lawrence
Placido Domingo and Deborah Polaski
Paul Althouse and the Met debut of Kirsten Flagstad
Set Svanholm and Birgit Nilsson
Rene Verdiere and Germaine Lubin
Lauritz Melchior and Lotte Lehmann
Max Lorenz and Margarete Teschemacher
John Vickers and Leonie Rysanek

                                    (82 minutes)

NOTE:Libsyn was down for 2 days but is working now.




Direct download: 2007-08-25-17-23-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

My Videos are Back!!!!!!
I had a problem with my 80 Videos on HANDELMANIA (Google) but they are
up there now...... so go to:

and all is well...ENJOY!!! Charlie

Direct download: 2007-08-17-15-02-48.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

Donizetti Rarities

Selections from the "Opera Rara" catalogue. Featured are rarities
of Donizetti including scenes from:

Emilia di Liverpool, Som Sebastien de Portugal, L'Assedio di Calais,
Gabriella di Vergy, Chiara e Serafina, Maria di Rudenz,
Maria Padilla, Rosmonda D'Inghilterra, Ugo,Conte di Parigi,
Alfredo Il Grande, and Zoraida di Granata.

 (79 min.)                                     

Direct download: 2007-08-16-09-37-36.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

I do believe there was a "Golden Age."(Part One)

Here are 21 great artists of the past,all on commercial recordings. I
sincerely hope you enjoy them and will "turn on" to some of the
less familiar voices:

Emma Calve(pictured), Rosa Ponselle, Mafalda Favero, Tito Schipa,
Beniamino Gigli, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Alfred Piccaver,
Erna Berger, Tiana Lemnitz, Selma Kurz, Gilda Dalla Rizza,
Lauritz Melchior, Bernardo de Muro, Adamo Didur, Lawrence Tibbett,
Titta Ruffo, Heinrich Schlusnus, John McCormack,Emmy Destinn,
Luisa Tetrazzini,Frances Alda.

                                        (79 minutes)

...and a special note of thanks for your wonderful responses to these,my
  "labors of love." Our average audience is now over 900!!!

Direct download: 2007-08-13-16-36-40.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:56pm EDT

The AIDA Triumphal Scene Compilation

   A podcast of 16 Aida act two finales,, featuring some of the greatest
    artists who participated. I hope you enjoy this!!!!

                                  (83 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-08-08-21-29-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT

Vissi d'arte QUIZ!!!


   If you can guess the 20 sopranos singing my favorite
   opera aria (No cheating!!), you will be permitted to
    run madly through my apartment with a giant shopping
    cart and grab whatever you wish in one minute!

        I rarely get to play anything anyway so I will
       not mind!          

  (78 minutes)



Direct download: 2007-08-02-08-49-56.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

Faust Jewel Song and Trio

 Comparison of various versions of the Jewel Song and the
final trio from Gounod's "Faust

   Photo: Renata Tebaldi as Marguerite

    (75 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-07-20-18-36-00.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

Italian Opera Live in Vienna

Live highlights from great performances in Vienna in the 1930's and 1940's. Artists include:

Bjoerling, Roswaenge,Mazaroff, Gigli, Jeritza, Lehmann, Nemeth,Schumann, Kipnis, Nikolaidi, Kiepura, Piccaver,
Sved, Runger, Nikolaidi, Voelker

                                   (58 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-07-18-13-41-36.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

American Opera Tribute

There was a glitch in the site and I could not corect my spelling of the word "sorry." I also forgot that Cheryl Studer, not Renee Fleming, is in the Susannah recording.

                                        Sincerely  Charlie

Direct download: 2007-07-16-01-07-39.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:25am EDT

    The memorial tribute to the late Regine Crespin.Selections from:

Parsifal, Aida, Walkure, Troyens, Cavalleria, Dutchman, and
                                 Les Nuits d'ete.

                             (64 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-07-06-20-48-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:08pm EDT

Beverly Sills:In Memoriam

  In loving memory of the late Beverly Sills, I present a tribute to her magnificent career. Selections are from:

Norma,Aida,Semele,Roberto Devereux,Coq D'Or, Maria Stuarda,
Lucia,Assedio di Corinto,Ballad of Baby Doe, Fille du Reggiment,
and Louise.

(84 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-07-03-00-08-52.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

Walkure from the La Puma Opera Co.


         If you are faint of heart and/or have digestive problems, I recommend you do NOT listen to these lowlites from a performance of Wagner's Die Walkure from the La Puma Company in the 1960's.

   Cast:   Olive Middleton (Sieglinde), Mario Leone (Wotan),
              Walter Ulrich (Siegmund), Marjorie Brown (Brunh.)
                        Conducted(?) by Ralph Zeitlin

                                   (56 glorious minutes)

Direct download: 2007-06-30-14-31-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:49pm EDT

Pour mon ame

 Eight tenors and 72 high C's in Fille du Reggiment aria:

   William Matteuzzi, Jose Sempere, Grayson Hirst,
   Marcelo Alvarez, Roberto Alagna, Alfredo Kraus
   Juan Diego Flores (pictured), Luciano Pavarotti

                            (50 minutes)


Direct download: 2007-06-18-09-24-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

Can you do this better???????

   I came across this lovely tenor on the internet. I am sure you
   will absolutely THRILL to the sound of his voice, especially
   the totally unique way in which he produces his top notes.

     I do recognize the aria as "Dein ist mein Ganzes Herz" from
     Lehar's lovely operetta, "The Land of Smiles," but I am
     having a slight problem figuring out  in what LANGUAGE
     this most amazing dude is singing.

       ........and you thought YOU couldn't sing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lend me a WHAT.......????????


Direct download: 2007-06-15-02-19-04.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:19am EDT


A Compilation of interpreters of the role of Azucena in Verdi's "Il Trovatore."  The podcast features:

Bruna Castagna, Ebe Stignani, Irene Minghini-Cattaneo,
Elena Nikolaidi, Regina Resnik, Cloe Elmo, Grace Bumbry,
Irene Kramarich, Dolora Zajick, Elena Obratsova,
Fiorenza Cossotto, Fedora Barbieri, (pictured) Shirley Verrett,
Giulietta Simionato, and finally, the great Sylvia Sawyer.

    Assisting artists include Leonard Warren, Franco Corelli,
    Carlo Bergonzi, Luigi Ottolini, Roberto Alagna,Gino Sarri,
    and Matteo Manuguerra.

                                 (88 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-06-14-17-05-39.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

Chest Voice, Volume 2

The second podcast dedicated to "chest voice." In order of
broadcast sequence, the artists are:

Olga Borodina, Elena Suliotis, Adriana Guerrini, Renata Tebaldi,
Magda Olivero, Ebe Stignani, Theresa Stich-Randall,Gina Cigna,
Marisa Galvany, Zinka Milanov, Shirley Verrett. Claudia Muzio,
Virginia Zeani, and Olive Middleton.

                                    (78 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-06-03-15-51-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

"Chest voice"  Part One

This is volume one of the "chest voice" podcasts. Here I include
such exciting artists (in proper order) as:

Luisa Tetrazzini,Emma Calve, Clara Butt, Conchita Supervia,
Eugenia Burzio, Mafalda Favero, Maria Callas and Fedora Barbieri,
Martha Moedl, Leyla Gencer, Beverly Sills, Regina Resnik,
Oralia Dominguez, Birgite Fassbaender, Rosa Ponselle,
Rita Hunter, and Lina Bruna Rasa.

                                   (74 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-06-03-13-19-44.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:41pm EDT

More Cabalettas for you!!!!

More cabalettas for you, and here, in correct order, are
the artists involved:

Merritt, Gedda, Bonisolli, Araiza, Hadley, G.Raimondi,
Carreras, Martinucci, Bergonzi, Cerquetti, Chiara,  L.Price,
Ricciarelli, Cruz-Romo, Deutekom, Galvany, MacNeil,
Ramey, Verrett.

                                 (72 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-05-27-12-56-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT

Those Cetra-Soria Stars!

My affectionate tribute to the many fine artists from the
Cetra-Soria label. Included are such artists as:

Caterina Mancini, Rosanna Carteri (in photo), Cesy Broggini,
Giuseppe Taddei, Carlo Tagliabue, Maria Caniglia,
Galliano Masini, Tancredi Pasero, Adriana Guerrini,
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Carlos Guichandut, Jose Soler, 
Renata Tebaldi, Giulietta Simionato, Mario Filippeschi.
Amedeo Berdini, Gianni Poggi, Giacinto Prandelli

                             (57 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-05-26-19-49-45.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

The Filippo/Inquisitor Scene from Don Carlo

 Seven versions of the exciting scene in Don Carlo between
 Filippo II and the Grand Inquisitor:


                                  (73 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-05-25-23-24-26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

The "Te deum" from Tosca

Seventeen baritones sing the Tosca Te Deum:

Merrill, Warren, L.Quilico, Vinay, Gobbi, Bastianini,
Schoeffler, Hann,Tibbett,Stracciari,Granforte,London
Weede, G.Guelfi, MacNeil, Silveri, Taddei

                              (75 minutes)  

Direct download: 2007-05-19-14-15-37.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

Those "mean" mezzos!

A compilation of arias and scenes as sung by famous mezzos
in roles that might be considered "mean." The "meanness"
does vary somewhat from totally horrid (Klytaemnestra) to
more "severity" (Augusta Tabor). Here they are:

Regina Resnik, Hanna Schwarz, Margarete Klose, Ebe Stignani,
Elena Obratsova, Rise Stevens, Fiorenza Cossotto, Frances Bible,
Astrid Varnay.             


(61 mintues)


If you see a sick comment from a sick person named Adolf, do not worry.I delete these comments immediately. I must be doing something right!

Direct download: 2007-05-16-13-37-53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

Favorite Commercial Recordings (2)

The second volume of some of my favorite commercial

Eileen Farrell (pictured), Jussi Bjoerling, Robert Merrill,
Lotte Lehmann, Claudia Muzio, Gottlob Frick, Ruby Helder,
Riccardo Stracciari, Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry,
Clara Butt, Enrico Caruso, Janet Baker, Herman Prey

                               (72 minutes)

Direct download: 2007-05-08-12-17-34.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

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


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