In: Mezzosoprano

Dame Janet Baker, Mezzo Soprano
April 14, 2022

Born in Yorkshire in 1933, the famed English mezzo-soprano Janet Baker never had a formal musical education. Coming from a far... Read More
Gabriella Besanzoni, lyric mezzo
January 31, 2022

Here is my tale of woe with respect to this mezzo. There are very few recordings of her on youtube. Pulling... Read More
Opera’s Great Duets -The Flower Duet and the Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffmann
December 30, 2021

I thought that for the end of the year/the beginning of next year, I would post what some might call "opera's... Read More
Zara Dolukhanova, mezzo-soprano, Russian Romances
October 5, 2021

Zara Aleksandrovna Dolukhanova: March 15, 1918 – December 4, 2007 Dolukhanova was an important Russian mezzo-soprano of Armenian descent, who was... Read More
Zara Dolukhanova (mezzo-soprano) – Rimsky-Korsakov Tchaikovsky Rachmaninov Romances
July 22, 2021

Dolukhanova was an important Russian mezzo-soprano of Armenian descent, who was not heard frequently in the West for political reasons. I... Read More
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
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
Rosette Anday, Mezzo-Soprano
March 9, 2020

On September 23, 1921, Bizet's opera Carmen was performed at the Vienna State Opera, and an unknown 18-year-old woman sang the... Read More
Kerstin Thorborg & Elisabeth Rethberg “Entweihte Götter” Lohengrin
August 25, 2019

The following is a duet, a wildly popular duet, from Wagner's opera "Lohengrin".  As can happen in Wagner, the story is... Read More
O Don Fatale hootenany -Stignani, Simionata, Verrett, and Callas
August 20, 2019

I am going to do something a little different in this post. I have put various performers side by side singing... Read More