April 2019

Mahler from the Rükert Lieder – Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (I am lost to the world)
April 28, 2019

"Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen", one of Mahler's so-called Rückert lieder, is Mahler's finest song.  I have been told that... Read More
Elisabeth Schumann, adored soprano
April 27, 2019

Elisabeth Schumann was an extremely famous German-American soprano who came to this country to be a faculty member at the Curtis... Read More
Bidù Sayão – light lyric soprano
April 25, 2019

Bidu Sayao was a Brazilian soprano whose gossamer voice and vivacious personality made her one of the most popular stars of... Read More
Lev Sibiryakov – Pimen’s Monolog from Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov
April 23, 2019

In this prologue to Boris Godunov, I have selected Lev Sibiryakov to sing the monk Pimen. It is an extraordinary performance,... Read More
Leonie Rysanek, High Dramatic soprano
April 22, 2019

I'm not going to try to put all the lyrics in because there are so many excerpts, and I go half... Read More
Der Rosenkavalier – the Presentation of the Rose, Tiana Lemnitz (Octavian), Maria Cerbotari (Sophie)
April 22, 2019

This is the Presentation of the Rose from the 2nd Act of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. It is a wonderful recording with... Read More
Tiana Lemnitz – Dramatic Soprano
April 19, 2019

This is an extremely difficult blog post for me to write.  Lemnitz was an outstanding singer and had a long career. ... Read More
Kirsten Flagstad – High Dramatic Soprano
April 6, 2019

Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962) was one of the preeminent Wagnerian Sopranos in the 20th century, yet she really didn't sing heavy, Wagnerian... Read More