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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
Maria Olszewska, Contralto
May 27, 2021

I do not think that Olszewska was a contralto, much in the same way that I don't think that Marian Anderson... Read More
Francis Poulenc-mélodies chantées par Régine Crespin
May 23, 2021

This posting is of several works by Francis Poulenc, the French composer. The first is a famous poem by Louis Aragon.... Read More
Giovanni Martinelli, spinto tenor
May 18, 2021

Giovanni Martinelli, October 22, 1885 to February 2, 1969, for many years the Metropolitan Opera's leading dramatic tenor, and one of... Read More
Titta Ruffo, Baritone, Enrico Caruso, Tenor
April 18, 2021

Tittu Ruffo, born Ruffo Cariera Tatta, was one of the top baritones of the early twentieth century. He had a powerful,... Read More
John McCormack, Lyric Tenor
April 15, 2021

John McCormack was a very special singer. He himself admitted that he was no actor, and opera critics agreed with that... Read More
Heddle Nash, light lyric tenor, sings Händel
April 12, 2021

When I was just out of graduate school, I used to spend hours listening to classical music with my friend Martin.... Read More