April 2018

Apollo Granforte, the Great Verdi Baritone
April 21, 2018

I have two purposes in this posting.  I would like to introduce Apollo Granforte, who was a great Verdi baritone, with... Read More
Claudia Muzio, inspiration to Maria Callas
April 15, 2018

Claudia Muzio was one of the great singers of the 20th century, and she had a profound influence on Maria Callas. ... Read More
Beniamino Gigli, lyric tenor from the early 20th century
April 11, 2018

Gigli was a marvelous lyric tenor.  He was sometimes accused of being overly sentimental, and you may hear some of that... Read More
Elisabeth Grümmer
April 9, 2018

Elisabeth Grümmer was a wonderful soprano who sang at around the same time as Elisabeth Scwarzkopf, Lisa della Casa, Hilde Güden,... Read More
Josef Hoffmann (piano)
April 5, 2018

What was unique about Hofmann, besides that he was a musical genius, was the quality of the sound that he could... Read More
Magda, Magda, Magda, the Queen of Verismo
April 1, 2018

What is Verismo and who was Magda Olivero?   First, let me say that no one can really agree what verismo... Read More