Cher Public

That wondrous rapture within your eyes

On this day in 1928 the first broadcast of “The Voice of Firestone” was heard.  

Born on this day in 1754 poet George Crabbe

Born on this day in 1791 dramatist and librettist Eugène Scribe

Born on this day in 1824 composer Peter Cornelius (with music for the holiday)

Born on this day in 1887 soprano Lucrezia Bori

Born on this day in 1927 soprano Teresa Stich-Randall

Happy 76th birthday conductor Arnold Ostman

Happy 65th birthday composer Libby Larsen

Born on this day in 1957 baritone Richard Cowan. RIP

  • Lohengrin

    70 th anniversary of Helmut Deutsch
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS6uSUGTqCA

  • Camille

    Our best wishes to La Cieca —

    And this—

    — because it’s 70 degrees in Central Park!

    • Feldmarschallin

      Those white Christmases seem a thing of the past. Yesterday and today I was doing some work in the garden. Bulbs are starting to come up and it will be again 15 degrees. There was a big article in the SZ about how if the water around Greenland is colder than usual it influences the jet stream and brings us warm air up from Africa. Apparently we are in for more warm winters and hot summers. No goose this year but duck breasts and they will go in now. Merry Christmas and Frohe Weihnachten.

  • Batty Masetto

    Here’s a movingly spiritual Christmas song from the graduating class of the Nadja Michael School of Vocal Art. Merry Christmas everybody.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9_YXGVmco4

  • mjmacmtenor

    Although I am too young to remember the Firstone broadcasts, when I was young I lived for the yearly Firestone Christmas album. It introduced me to many operatic greats -- and where else could you hear Leomtyne Price and Vicki Carr or James MacCracken and Vic Damone. So, to celebrate the holidays.


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    • drewco

      Thank you so much, Sandy. This transported me to my childhood, when as a baby queer I watched variety shows so I could thrill to Vicki singing this or Eydie Gorme singing “If he walked into my life.” Sweet memories for a Christmas morning.

  • zinka

    Not since my “olden days” have I loved a tenor like this.

    Happy Birthday to dear Piotr!!!! 12/28/1966