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Dinu Lipatti, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, and Grieg piano Concerti
September 11, 2021

Dinu Lipatti, who died at age 33 from lymphoma, is still regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th... Read More
Brahms, Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
August 26, 2021

I decided to do something a bit light-hearted for this post. We're going to hear the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms.... Read More
James King, Heldentenor
August 15, 2021

James King (May 22, 1925 – November 20, 2005) was an American operatic tenor who had an active international singing career... Read More
Louis Musy, French Baritone
July 28, 2021

The real point that I'd like to make was that Musy had a great voice. Eventually became a director. His voice... Read More
Zara Dolukhanova (mezzo-soprano) – Rimsky-Korsakov Tchaikovsky Rachmaninov Romances
July 22, 2021

Dolukhanova was an important Russian mezzo-soprano of Armenian descent, who was not heard frequently in the West for political reasons. I... Read More
Callas, Callas, Callas – la divina assoluta
July 13, 2021

I will not deny it. I am a Callasaholic. I first really learned about opera, well mostly Italian opera, from her... Read More
Michel Sénéchal, French lyric tenor
July 12, 2021

In French song, the singer becomes a painter, describing a landscape, suggesting an emotion…One must use the entire palette of colors... Read More
Di Quella Pira, Verdi, Il Trovatore
June 29, 2021

Il Trovatore is one of Verdi's most popular operas, yet it is one of his most confusing. Rather than try to... Read More
Lev Sibiriyakov, Russian Bass-Baritone
June 3, 2021

There are some voices that you hear, even in very early recordings, and you know that the artist is special. Sibiryakov... Read More