In which I discuss Crawford's talents as a singer and interpreter, with focus on his most famous musical role.
Michael Crawford, the Singer
The Phantom of the Opera is the name of the character Michael Crawford created in both the London and Broadway productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical. The music the Phantom sings is challenging, but Crawford’s voice could only seem operatic to someone unused to opera singers. In fact, his
Updated Yesterday at 20:20 by Bellinilover
A Tenor on Broadway:
An Evaluation of Jerry Hadley's CD Standing Room Only
Jerry Hadley (1952-2007) was a rare kind of opera tenor. Famous at the Metropolitan Opera and other major houses in a repertoire that ranged from Mozart, Massenet, and the lighter Verdi roles to Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, he habitually sang songs from Broadway musicals; these songs form a sizable part of his recorded legacy, and in general he sounded completely at home in them. When Leonard
Updated May-24-2016 at 04:06 by Bellinilover
This installment of Once Upon the Internet looks at a 1950's studio version of Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess, featuring singers Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, which I uploaded years ago from (as I re all) a Russian site.
The Porgy discography is vast - from the 1940's "original cast" recording, the soundtrack to the Otto Preminger feature film, to large opera productions by established opera companies, with "concept albums" inspired from the Gershwin work,
Beethoven's ninth symphony premiered in 1824, but the seeds of this monumental work had been planted in his head for years. Beethoven had always been inspired by Enlightenment Era artists. As a teenager, he went to hear lectures by Immanuel Kant at the University of Bonn, Beethoven's hometown. He was also a fan of the German poet, Friedrich Schiller. He "kept that volume of poetry with him, always intending to set to music a poem that particularly appealed
Updated Jan-17-2015 at 20:18 by DiesIraeCX
In a thread started a couple of weeks ago, we were asked to identify our "favourite" contemporary composers in a number of categories. In the Lieder/Song category, I hastily answered George Gershwin. After all, the question specifically asked to identify one favoourite, and didn’t ask for favourite song
Updated Nov-22-2011 at 12:35 by itywltmt