Max Lorenz, Heldentenor
January 20, 2023

Max Lorenz was one of the great heldentenors of the 20th century. After WWII, many people (wrongly) assumed Lorenz had been... Read More
Gino Bechi, Italian Verdi Baritone
December 31, 2022

Gino Bechi was a Verdi Baritone whose career mostly took place in Italy, post WWII. In his prime, he was a... Read More
Toti dal Monte, Italian lyric coloratura soprano
December 30, 2022

Toti Dal Monte was one of the great sopranos of the nineteen twenties and thirties. Miss Dal Monte, whose real name... Read More
Shirley Verrett, American Dramatic Soprano
December 14, 2022

Shirley Verrett was one of the great sopranos of the last century. She began as a mezzo soprano and also sang... Read More
Oda Slobodskaya, Soprano, Tatiana’s letter scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
December 7, 2022

Oda Slobodskaya was a singer who was never properly appreciated. She left Russia and lived abroad at a time when knowledge... Read More
Zinka Milanov, spinto soprano
December 3, 2022

Zinka Milanov was a marvel. In her prime she was considered the most significant spinto soprano of her day, a singer... Read More
Maggie Teyte, English Soprano
November 19, 2022

This week, I have decided to focus on French Art Song, or mélodie in French. Teyte, the spelling of whose name... Read More
Martha Angelici, French lyric soprano
November 12, 2022

As I have mentioned in other posts, writing this blog affords me the opportunity to encounter wonderful singers whom I didn't... Read More
Leonie Rysanek, Hochdramatischesopran
October 31, 2022

Leonie Rysanek was one of the most well-know high dramatic sopranos of the post-WWII period. She had an enormous voice that... Read More
Alfred Cortot, French Pianist
October 26, 2022

Alfred Cortot is widely considered to be one of France's greatest pianists, if not the greatest. He was also a conductor... Read More