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Giulietta Simionato, great Italian mezzo-soprano
July 13, 2020

I had a friend who once told me that Giulietta Simionato was an Italian institution. He was only exaggerating slightly. Giulietta... Read More
Margarete Teschemacher, dramatic soprano
July 7, 2020

Margarete Teschemacher was a very popular soprano in Germany.  Considering the number of records that she made, there is little information... Read More
Rosa Raisa. dramatic soprano
July 2, 2020

Sometimes, I select a singer who is little known today but who, in her time, was considered a great, great classical... Read More
Rosa Ponselle – the true art part 2
June 18, 2020

I am going to post some more recordings by Rosa Ponselle, primarily because she was such an influence on later opera... Read More
Régine Crespin, French Falcon soprano
June 8, 2020

Before introducing Régine Crespin, I want to describe what a Falcon soprano is. The term "Falcon" comes from Marie Cornélie Falcon,... Read More
Henri Legay, French light lyric tenor
June 8, 2020

Parisian-born Henri Legay (1920–1992) won first prize at the conservatoire in 1947 but began his career singing in musical shows before... Read More
Adelina Patti and Marcella Sembrich
June 6, 2020

This is going to be an historial posting. If the history of singing does not interest you, I would advise you... Read More
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Spinto Tenor
June 3, 2020

Lauri-Volpi enjoyed one of history’s longest careers, making his last opera performance at the age of 67 and astonished the world... Read More
Mendelssohn’s Octet in Eb major, opus 20
May 27, 2020

I seem to be on a chamber music kick. Yesterday, Brahms, today, Mendelssohn. This is the Mendelssohn Octet, opus 20. Mendelssohn... Read More
Brahms Sextet for Strings in Bb major, Op.18
May 26, 2020

Johannes Brahms, (born May 7, 1833, Hamburg [Germany]—died April 3, 1897, Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now in Austria]), German composer and pianist of... Read More