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Donald Collup

The Old Met - 1938 (silent)

A Visit by Joan Rivers

Memories of Todd Duncan

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

Lili Chookasian Memorial

Natalia Andrade


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.

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


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


The Vocal Record Collector's Society

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



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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