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Donald Collup

A Visit by Joan Rivers

Memories of Todd Duncan




I am that I am

meeting my first diva



Letter from Bayreuth


In memory of Roger Gross & Zinka Milanov

Makeover for 5E



My favorite moment in
"A Star Is Born" starring
Judy Garland with Charles Bickford
1954


Lili Chookasian Memorial

Natalia Andrade





DCzCDz



This is a brief excerpt from a DVD of a performance
by Mario del Monaco with La Scala in Japan (available from VAI).
I have zoomed in on the tenor's face so that one
could see and study just how he sings the high Bb.




Josephine Barstow
La forza del destino: Pace, pace mio Dio



Olive Middleton



Tosc: Vissi d'arte
Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Dmitri Mitropoulos, conductor
January 4, 1956


Mari Lyn

Shall I Go On?



The Galatea of Poulenc, Denise Duval, sings
an excerpt from La voix humaine in the role of the suicidal broken woman,
written for her and accompanied here by the composer, Francis Poulenc,
from a concert at Paris' Salle Gaveau in 1959.
One may find fault with her technique but
her style, declamation, spontaneity and commitment in her performance
are incredibly moving. It's as if
she is creating the music as she sings.


Never before: The Life, Art & First New York Career of Astrid Varnay

Vassilka Petrova



Götterämmerung: Immolation Scene finale
Dame Gwyneth Jones, soprano
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Bayreuth Festspiele
This organic singing coming from
one of the largest voices
I've ever heard


Sylvia Sawyer



The Truth

Florence Foster Jenkins: A World Of Her Own

Elinor Jones Memorial



Opera

the only opera



The Raised Fourth

Leila, My Joy



Perfection is a Gilded Cage



Variations on a theme from
Bizet's Carmen
Arranged/performed by
Vladimir Horowitz
Carnegie Hall, 1968


UCDC

The Vocal Record Collector's Society



Astrid Varnay, Klytemnestra
Leonie Rysanek, Elektra
Karl Bohm/Vienna Philharmonic


Phoenix

DCzCD




The Snake Bite

Isabel Scionti Memorial

Geraldine Parish Collup Memorial




Madness Divine

Bill Garber Memorial



Rosa Ponselle sings and accompanies herself
in "Senza mamma" from Suor Angelica


Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Memorial

A Waterbird Talk


Telephone Remake

Giulio Cesare

Bayreuth Primadonnas


Beverly Sills sings
"The Willow Song" from The Ballad of Baby Doe
Introduction by composer Douglas Moore


Memories of Samuel Barber

Mrs. Mouth



Wayne Conner Memorial



Le Cygne



Verdi Requiem: Libera me
Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Victor de Sabata, conductor
La Scala Orchestra & Chorus - 1951
One always wants this movement perfectly sung
but that's rare.
Here's one of those rare performances.


My 7 years with the Texas Boys Choir




Puccini: Tosca:
Catherine Malfitano as Tosca
Amsterdam, 1999
An example of how a non-realistic production can work.
Malfitano's jump is breathtaking


Louise Natale



Chopin: Etude in c# minor
Op. 10, No. 4
Sviatoslav Richter, piano


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