April 18, 2014

Lily Dupré sings Massenet’s Roma (1912)

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April 18, 2014

Marcelle Demougeot sings Il Trovatore (1905)

April 15, 2014

Jan Peerce sings the Passover music from Halévy’s La Juive

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April 14, 2014

Colombian baritone Carlos Ramírez sings Granada (1941)

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April 13, 2014

Hungarian soprano Charlotte von Seebok (1886-1952) sings Lucrezia Borgia (1905)

April 12, 2014

The Three Stooges sing the sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor (1945)

As a trio, naturally.

April 12, 2014

Montserrat Caballé sings Bellini’s Bianca e Fernando (1975)

Today is Caballé’s birthday.

April 12, 2014

Hina Spani sings Carlos López Buchardo’s Canción del carretero (1930)

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April 11, 2014

Agnes Giebel sings Mozart’s Laudate Dominum (1967)

April 10, 2014

The Madame McCormic who attempts to sing Manon opposite Georges Thill’s Des Grieux in this interesting recording is sometimes said to be the notorious Ganna Walska (1887-1984), the Polish socialite and opera enthusiast who married American millionnaire Harold F. McCormick in 1922.

Later that year, Walska purchased the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, nobly promising that she would never sing there until she had gained recognition based on her own merits as an artist. McCormick spent thousands of dollars on voice lessons for her, to no avail, as contemporary reviews attest. The character of Susan Alexander in Citizen Kane is said to have been based on Walska, whose most enduring achivement is Lotusland, the lavish garden she designed on the grounds of her mansion in Montecito, CA.

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