Niel Rishoi

Close as pages in a book Close as pages in a book

I had no idea whatsoever of the reality of the life of this strong, vibrant woman I had gotten to know, the traumas she suffered; the extent and the horror of her experiences was all very surreal to me.

on December 24, 2021 at 10:43 AM
Star quality Star quality

The 1990s effectively signaled a new phase in Edita Gruberova‘s career with her undertaking more demanding, heavier roles, while still essaying Zerbinetta and Lucia.

on December 13, 2021 at 3:26 PM
Out of the repast Out of the repast

The entire dinner was spent discussing conductors.

on December 08, 2021 at 2:53 PM
Suspended in time Suspended in time

You know in some of those old Jeanette MacDonald movies where she plays a prima donna and receives applause in a public setting? That’s just what happened when the three of us walked into that restaurant, one patron calling out “Brava!”

on November 30, 2021 at 11:52 AM
An idea so bold and crazy An idea so bold and crazy

I proposed to Edita that we turn my 20-page paper into a book, a musical biography.

on November 23, 2021 at 12:53 PM
A life-changing LP A life-changing LP

I never fathomed I’d be writing words as these this soon.

on November 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM
The curious case of Benjamin Bernheim The curious case of Benjamin Bernheim

Who’s been hiding tenor Benjamin Bernheim from me all this time?

on August 03, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Selling the drama Selling the drama

Though the formal recorded aria recital is the ultimate calling card of an artist, the invitation to the spectator to receive, listen, and critically behold of the offerings (on fire or burnt), they are but a souvenir and there are a few drawbacks inherent with the presentation.

on June 22, 2021 at 12:14 PM
The vanities of the divas The vanities of the divas

Maria Callas and Montserrat Caballé are two of the most highly-regarded and esteemed exponents of the great soprano roles in both bel canto and in the operas of Verdi, and their recordings are held as artistic triumphs of the highest order.

on March 23, 2021 at 9:54 AM
Somebody up there likes him Somebody up there likes him

The flawless, classical singing style of Perry Como. Perry Como?

on March 15, 2021 at 11:02 AM
Third bass-baritone Third bass-baritone

Next Marko Mimica discussed which music “reached” him most and how he regards expressing himself in various languages.

on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Bass-baritone instinct Bass-baritone instinct

Next, I asked Marko Mimica which basses he prefers to listen to on recordings.

on May 30, 2018 at 10:45 AM
All about that bass-baritone All about that bass-baritone

In Bellini’s opera Norma, the “padre” role of Oroveso, it may be safely said, is “undistinguished”—dull and conventional. The bass entrusted with the role usually will engender two reactions: more frequently than not, “Cut this boring music,” and rather more rarely: “What a pity Oroveso doesn’t have more music.”   

on May 29, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Fan mail to La Nilsson Fan mail to La Nilsson

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of your birth, I am perplexed as to what to write about you that isn’t of the highest, most ecstatic praise and of deliriously effusive encomiums.

on May 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Talking to John Raitt, part three Talking to John Raitt, part three

In the final installment of this interview, the star discusses the enduring appeal of Carousel.

on May 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Talking to John Raitt, part two Talking to John Raitt, part two

In the third part of this interview with John Raitt, the singer speaks in great detail how he was cast in his breakthrough role of Billy Bigelow in Carousel.

on May 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Talking to John Raitt, Part One Talking to John Raitt, Part One

How did you first grow interested in singing?

on May 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM
The Raitt stuff The Raitt stuff

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be having lengthy telephone conversations with John Raitt. 

on May 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Prodigy Prodigy

Maria Callas’s most outstanding Adalgisa, out of all she partnered with, was Fiorenza Cossotto.

on May 07, 2018 at 9:14 AM
Burnished bass Burnished bass

I clearly remember the day I first heard the voice of Cesare Siepi.

on April 23, 2018 at 12:38 PM
The trouble with Norma The trouble with Norma

If one looks at trends in the last 40 or so years, the most successful Normas are mainly those who’ve made not just bel canto, but Bellini as a mainstay in their repertoire.

on April 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM
The priestess with the mostest The priestess with the mostest

Edita Gruberova takes on the requirements of the title role in Bellini’s Norma.

on April 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Elements of style Elements of style

Edita Gruberova essentially revived and propagated the bel canto repertoire in central Europe, specifically in the German-speaking countries.

on April 05, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Laughing song Laughing song

It can be confidently asserted that Edita Gruberova is one opera’s most gifted comediennes. 

on March 28, 2018 at 11:58 AM
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