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Dolce pensiero

On this day in 1990 Lella Cuberli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Semiramide

Born on this day in 1796 composer Carl Loewe.

On this day in 1885 Massenet’s Le Cid premiered in Paris.

Born on this day in 1939 conductor Walter Weller.

Happy 74th birthday soprano Luana DeVol.

  • Porgy Amor

    The tenor Paul Finel has died at 93, Forum Opéra reported on Wednesday. Finel had a large stage repertoire of lyric and spinto roles, and sang Blanche’s brother on the classic Dervaux/EMI set of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with Denise Duval.

    Here he is in the love duet from Tosca, en français, with another singer from the above-mentioned Poulenc set, Régine Crespin. This comes from a very good Prêtre-conducted LP of excerpts presumably made for the local market. René Bianco was Scarpia, in the far too little of the part included.

  • hai lui

    The video clip of Lella Cuberli is credited on Youtube to a 1981 performance in Genoa, with Martine Dupuy as a handsome Arsace in the photo.

  • PCally
  • In an interview with Natalie Dessay in France’s Classica magazine:

    “How do you look back on Olympia?”
    “A music-hall act.”