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  • Camille: You are most welcome, sir. It is as G-d and the great Maestro Verdi intended this beautiful aria to... 6:05 PM
  • kekszakallu: The thing I, as an infant, remember about the Davy Crockett song is a classmate asking me... 5:55 PM
  • zinka: Excuse me..Zinka HAD a black eye…Two separate sources said she did more than just... 4:49 PM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=kPm2 fbqJnzA There are so many Milanov stories…..Bu t I do know... 4:48 PM
  • zinka: Last night I thought of Warren,MacNeil,etc ..in the Ernani aria…I am so sorry all those years... 4:42 PM
  • Niel Rishoi: That is just beautiful; thank you for posting. 4:39 PM
  • Niel Rishoi: I heard her incipient problems from the beginning. Gunned vibrato, a voice that is not properly... 4:37 PM
  • kashania: Amen, scifisci, amen!! Those larger-than-life personalities usually come with tons of charisma. And... 4:19 PM
  • La Cieca: Well, Rasponi could never be accused of pot-stirring, that’s for sure. 4:12 PM
  • Gualtier M: It was over 50 years ago and in Italy, in Italian. It is mentioned in the Lanfranco Rasponi... 3:55 PM

We were dead, you know

The setting: a dark plaza extending directly in front of a storied opera house. The time: just after a ho-hum revival of something Puccini. The crowd streams out, moderately satisfied but also far from bowled over. A group open to a proposition, you could say.   Read more »

Gettin’ Ligeti Wit It

macabreWhen invited to participate in a discourse on artistic standards (hello, internet!), it’s easy — pleasurable, even — for an aesthete to bray about “the fall.” Where are the true heldentenors? Your kingdom for a Callas! (Or a Stratas, or a Rysanek!) And might the public, at long last, deserve a stable of directors who possess the good sense to avoid both the trope-y familiar as well as the ill-advised pathways of, ugh, the modern? Read more »