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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    By "copy" do you mean a recording? Those cylinders, some of which go back to 1901, were made in the wings during live performances at the Met. They're fascinating documents indeed, in lowest fidelity, often sounding like someone singing in the shower in a movie on the TV in the apartment next door. Still, as you say, there are glimpses of vocal glory.

    There are quite a few of the Mapleson cylinders on YouTube, as well as some even older Edison cylinders. How's this for a trip in a time machine?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qDwz3JdD1c
    Yes, I mean that an opera friend made me a copy. By the way, your Edison recordings are heaven in comparison to the Maplesons which are almost unlistenable. You really must use concentration and then some. But what excitement when you distinguish the sounds.

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    Historic Opera Singers - Arias, Duets, and Ensembles

    for the day of October 11, 2019 -

    Featured Artist - Claudia Muzio


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    Claudia Muzio 1911-1935 - Part One -


    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: "Voi lo sapete" - Claudia Muzio -

    (Recorded 1934)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HavQ...o&index=2&t=0s


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    Buzzi-Peccia: "Colombetta" - Claudia Muzio - (Recorded 1934) -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6vN...wza0To&index=2


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    Verdi: La forza del destino: "Pace, pace mio Dio" - Claudia Muzio -

    (Recorded 1935) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r60j...wza0To&index=3


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    Puccini: Tosca: "Vissi d'arte" - Claudia Muzio - (Recorded 1935) -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgfK...wza0To&index=4


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    Pergolesi: "Se tu m'ami" - Claudia Muzio - (Recorded 1935) -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj1j...wza0To&index=5


    "Claudia Muzio (7 February 1889 – 24 May 1936) was an Italian operatic soprano who enjoyed an international career during the early 20th century.

    Muzio made her operatic début in Arezzo (15 January 1910) in the title role of Massenet's Manon, and despite her youth she made rapid progress in the opera houses of Italy, leading to débuts at La Scala in Milan in 1913 (as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello), in Paris (as Desdemona) and in London at Covent Garden (as Puccini's Manon Lescaut) in 1914; she stayed on in London to sing other roles including Mimì and Tosca (both with Caruso).

    She was invited to the Met in New York in December 1916 (for Tosca) and was so successful that she continued to appear there during six successive years. It was at the Metropolitan that Muzio created the role of Giorgetta in Il tabarro, in the world première of Puccini's triple bill, Il trittico, on 14 December 1918.

    She established a special relationship with audiences at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, where she first appeared in June 1919 (in Catalani's Loreley). From then until 1934 she sang there in 23 different operas, becoming known as "la divina Claudia". Between 1922 and 1932, she appeared regularly in Chicago (after falling out with the management at the New York Met).

    Muzio was noted for the beauty and warmth of her voice, which, although not particularly large, acquired a considerable richness of tonal colouring as she grew older. Her performances were sometimes criticised for excessive use of dynamic extremes, including her exquisitely expressive pianissimo singing."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mollie John View Post
    Historic Opera Singers - Arias, Duets, and Ensembles

    for the day of October 11, 2019 -

    Featured Artist - Claudia Muzio


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    Claudia Muzio 1911-1935 - Part One -


    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: "Voi lo sapete" - Claudia Muzio -

    (Recorded 1934)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HavQ...o&index=2&t=0s


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    Buzzi-Peccia: "Colombetta" - Claudia Muzio - (Recorded 1934) -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6vN...wza0To&index=2


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    Verdi: La forza del destino: "Pace, pace mio Dio" - Claudia Muzio -

    (Recorded 1935) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r60j...wza0To&index=3


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    Puccini: Tosca: "Vissi d'arte" - Claudia Muzio - (Recorded 1935) -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgfK...wza0To&index=4


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    Pergolesi: "Se tu m'ami" - Claudia Muzio - (Recorded 1935) -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj1j...wza0To&index=5


    "Claudia Muzio (7 February 1889 – 24 May 1936) was an Italian operatic soprano who enjoyed an international career during the early 20th century.

    Muzio made her operatic début in Arezzo (15 January 1910) in the title role of Massenet's Manon, and despite her youth she made rapid progress in the opera houses of Italy, leading to débuts at La Scala in Milan in 1913 (as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello), in Paris (as Desdemona) and in London at Covent Garden (as Puccini's Manon Lescaut) in 1914; she stayed on in London to sing other roles including Mimì and Tosca (both with Caruso).

    She was invited to the Met in New York in December 1916 (for Tosca) and was so successful that she continued to appear there during six successive years. It was at the Metropolitan that Muzio created the role of Giorgetta in Il tabarro, in the world première of Puccini's triple bill, Il trittico, on 14 December 1918.

    She established a special relationship with audiences at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, where she first appeared in June 1919 (in Catalani's Loreley). From then until 1934 she sang there in 23 different operas, becoming known as "la divina Claudia". Between 1922 and 1932, she appeared regularly in Chicago (after falling out with the management at the New York Met).

    Muzio was noted for the beauty and warmth of her voice, which, although not particularly large, acquired a considerable richness of tonal colouring as she grew older. Her performances were sometimes criticised for excessive use of dynamic extremes, including her exquisitely expressive pianissimo singing."
    Divine Claudia.

    I assume you know this performance of Donaudy's O del mio amato ben. It's not the greatest music in the world, but Muzio makes it into a thing of sighs and loveliness. Just beautiful.

    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    Divine Claudia.

    I assume you know this performance of Donaudy's O del mio amato ben. It's not the greatest music in the world, but Muzio makes it into a thing of sighs and loveliness. Just beautiful.

    I need to keep tissues handy when I listen to Muzio!

    There's a splendid repertoire of Italian song from the late 19th century of which this is representative. Its composer, Stefano Donaudy (1879-1925), was a serious composer of opera who never achieved the success in that genre that he did in song. Apparently he was so devastated by the failure of one of his operas that he stopped composing and died in his forties. "O del mio amato ben" comes from his collection titled Arie de Stile Antico, which also includes "Vaghissima sembianza," memorably sung by Caruso:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTDN8LDQzRc

    Tito Schipa made his own typically beautiful, and beautifully enunciated, recording of "O del mio amato ben":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOp9hnhc4uA

    Another recording of Italian art song I particularly love is Muzio's incomparable interpretation of Lincinio Refice's "Ombra di nube," in which we hear her incredibly expressive pianissimi:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVcIBzMgTaQ

    Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916) composed many popular songs which have been recorded by numerous opera singers right down to the present. Here is his "Ideale" sung by the "King of Baritones," Mattia Battistini, in 1911:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnkB1eS2sjI

    And then there's Caruso, bestowing the full splendor of his voice and heart on Stanislao Gastaldon's "Musica proibita":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZGvvHuMGRE
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    I need to keep tissues handy when I listen to Muzio!

    There's a splendid repertoire of Italian song from the late 19th century of which this is representative. Its composer, Stefano Donaudy (1879-1925), was a serious composer of opera who never achieved the success in that genre that he did in song. Apparently he was so devastated by the failure of one of his operas that he stopped composing and died in his forties. "O del mio amato ben" comes from his collection titled Arie de Stile Antico, which also includes "Vaghissima sembianza," memorably sung by Caruso:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTDN8LDQzRc

    Tito Schipa made his own typically beautiful, and beautifully enunciated, recording of "O del mio amato ben":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOp9hnhc4uA

    Another recording of Italian art song I particularly love is Muzio's incomparable interpretation of Lincinio Refice's "Ombra di nube," in which we hear her incredibly expressive pianissimi:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVcIBzMgTaQ

    Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916) composed many popular songs which have been recorded by numerous opera singers right down to the present. Here is his "Ideale" sung by the "King of Baritones," Mattia Battistini, in 1911:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnkB1eS2sjI

    And then there's Caruso, bestowing the full splendor of his voice and heart on Stanislao Gastaldon's "Musica proibita":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZGvvHuMGRE
    My grateful thanks to you for providing the kinds of thoughtful and insightful contributions which are the result of the expertise gained through years of careful and critical listening thus enhancing and illuminating the subject matter in ways which are beyond the ken of neophytes such as myself -



    - Duncan

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    Historic Opera Singers - Arias, Duets, and Ensembles

    for the day of October 12, 2019 -

    Featured Artist - Alessandro Bonci



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    Alessandro Bonci - The Fonotipia recordings 1905-1907 - Part One -


    Bellini: I Puritani: "A te, o cara" - Alessandro Bonci - (Recorded 1905) -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvk2...e&index=2&t=0s


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    Donizetti: La Favorita - "Una vergine, un angiol di Dio" - Alessandro Bonci -

    (Recorded 1905) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_rq..._Viqbe&index=2


    Donizetti: La Favorita - "Spirto gentil" - Alessandro Bonci - (Recorded 1905)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo8w..._Viqbe&index=3


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    Donizetti: Don Pasquale - "Cercherò lontana terra" - Alessandro Bonci -

    (Recorded 1907) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv68..._Viqbe&index=4


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    Donizetti: Don Pasquale - "Tornami a dir" -

    Alessandro Bonci and Regina Pinkert - (Recorded 1905) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpW2..._Viqbe&index=5


    "Alessandro Bonci (February 10, 1870 – August 9, 1940) was an Italian lyric tenor known internationally for his association with the bel canto repertoire. He sang at many famous theatres, including New York's Metropolitan Opera, Milan's La Scala and London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

    Bonci was active at the end of the 19th century, a period euphemistically referred to as the ‘Golden Age’. He belonged to a distinguished group of tenori di grazia, held to be the epitome of the ‘Bel Canto’ style of singing, which included Fernando De Lucia, Giuseppe Anselmi, Fernando Carpi, Giuseppe Krismer, Carlo Dani, Manfredi Polverosi and Elvino Ventura. For both audiences and singers of this generation priority was given to elegance of declamation combined with an ease of vocal emission and fine control of dynamics.

    Bonci was a demure man and his voice was not overly large. It was sweet-toned, stylish and supple, with excellent high notes and an easy high C. He sang with what at the time would have been considered a standard vibrato.


    Regina Pinkert (1869–1931) was a Polish opera singer and soprano. She first came to attention in the United States when appearing at the Metropolitan Opera House for the 1906-07 season."
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    Historic Opera Singers - Arias, Duets, and Ensembles

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    Featured Artist - Emmy Destinn



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    Emmy Destinn 1907-1921


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    Wagner: Tannhäuser, WWV. 70: 'Dich teure Halle' - Emmy Destinn -

    (Recorded 1908) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YevG...0&index=2&t=0s


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    Wagner: Der fliegende Hollander, WWV. 63: "Ballad der Senta" -

    Emmy Destinn - (Recorded 1907) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw5v...YTzZ70&index=2


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    Wagner: Lohengrin, WWV. 75: "Einsam in trüben Tagen" - Emmy Destinn -

    (Recorded 1907) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twRn...YTzZ70&index=3


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    Strauss, R: Salome - "Jokanaan ich bin verliebt" - Emmy Destinn -

    (Recorded 1907) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvmk...YTzZ70&index=4


    Strauss, R: Salome - "Dein Haar ist grasslich" - Emmy Destinn -

    (Recorded 1907) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYrI...YTzZ70&index=5


    "Emmy Destinn (Ema Destinnová); (26 February 1878 – 28 January 1930) was a Czech operatic soprano with a strong and soaring lyric-dramatic voice. She had a career both in Europe and at the New York Metropolitan Opera.

    Her fame became international in 1901 when she was invited to sing the part of Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer at Germany's Bayreuth Festspielhaus.

    Destinn made her London debut at Covent Garden on 2 May 1904 in Don Giovanni singing Donna Anna to Renaud’s elegant Don. She appeared there in several operas for the next two seasons, including the London premiere of Madama Butterfly with Caruso.

    Hermann Klein, that doyen of London critics, commented that "another rich soprano of the Tietjens and Lucca type; Destinn is an actress of consummate ability, a splendid Mozart singer, in a word, the admirable, very nearly perfect Donna Anna, and with no lack of ‘freshness’ in her round and penetrating Tones".

    While she was highly successful in the lighter roles of Wagner's operas, her spinto voice—although large in size, with a ringing top register—was better suited to German music of a less declamatory type. She also excelled in the French part of Carmen, in which she was said to rival Calvé, and in the Italian roles of Aida, Madama Butterfly and Leonora (in Il trovatore)."
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    Historic Opera Singers - Arias, Duets, and Ensembles

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    Great Opera Ensembles - Part One -


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    (Pictured: Amelita Galli-Curci)


    Verdi: Rigoletto: Act IV, "Bella figlia dell'amore" - (Recorded 1927) -

    Giuseppe de Luca, Beniamino Gigli, Louise Homer, Amelita Galli-Curci

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOTR...A&index=2&t=0s


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    (Pictured: Helge Rosvaenge)


    Flotow: Martha: "Mag der Himmel Euch vergeben" - (Recorded 1928)

    Rudolf Watzke, Helge Rosvaenge, Emmy Leisner, Hedwig Debicka

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtqQ..._oRVSA&index=2


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    (Pictured: Pia Tassinari)


    Puccini: La Bohème - "Dunque è proprio finita" - (Recorded 1943) -

    Enzo Mascherini, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Maria Huder, Pia Tassinari

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSK-..._oRVSA&index=3


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    (Pictured: Aureliano Pertile)


    Verdi: Il trovatore: Act II, "Ah! se I'error t'ingombra" - (Recorded 1930) -

    Bruno Carmassi, Apollo Granforte, Maria Carena, Aureliano Pertile

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXRD...A&index=5&t=0s
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    Historic Opera Singers - Arias, Duets, and Ensembles

    for the day of October 15, 2019 -

    Featured Artist - César Vezzani


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    César Vezzani 1912-1925 - Part One -


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    Meyerbeer: Le Pardon de Ploermel: "Les blés sont beaux" -

    César Vezzani - (Recorded 1912) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4gn...h6B0_o&index=1


    Meyerbeer: L'Africaine: "Pays mervelleux" -

    César Vezzani - (Recorded 1912) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLaU...h6B0_o&index=2


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    Meyerbeer: Le Prophete - "Pour Berthe moi, je soupier" -

    César Vezzani - (Recorded 1924) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouEV...h6B0_o&index=3


    Meyerbeer: Le Prophete - "Roi du Ciel et des Anges" -

    César Vezzani - (Recorded 1924)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulPN...h6B0_o&index=4


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    Halévy: La Juive: "Rachel quand du Seigneur" -

    César Vezzani - (Recorded 1924)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZmN...h6B0_o&index=5


    "César Vezzani (8 August 1888 – 11 November 1951) was a French/Corsican operatic tenor who became a leading exponent of French grand opera through several decades.

    Vezzani was a true tenor-fort, equivalent of the Italian lyrico-spinto, and therefore assigned the demi-caractère rôles which demand a wide vocal range. In addition Vezzani’s brilliant top notes place him firmly in a line of French dramatic tenors who can claim their heritage from Gilbert-Louis Duprez (1806-1896).

    Critics have shown universal recognition of the exceptional quality of Vezzani's voice, though they have sometimes expressed reservations about the subtlety of his approach, which was generally robust.

    His recording of Faust has occasioned the following comments: "Vezzani is a noble representative of that vanished breed, the French spinto tenor... Unforced lyricism was not Vezzani's greatest strength... [but] where ringing excitement is called for, his only equals are Caruso and, more recently, Franco Corelli."

    Referring to his recording of excerpts from Roméo et Juliette, another critic has said: "He was a real ténor de force and still singing well at sixty. There is little nuance here, but the voice is healthy and brilliant, somehow typically Corsican."

    Reflecting on the fact that Vezzani's career did not take him to the world's major opera houses, another has said: "He seems to be one of those whose gifts exceeded his attainments." The generous attention that he received from recording companies allows later generations to form their own judgments."
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    Historic Opera Singers - Arias, Duets, and Ensembles

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    Featured Artist - Antonina Nezhdanova



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    Antonina Nezhdanova 1906-1939


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    Gounod: Roméo et Juliette: "Je veux vivre dans ce rêve" -

    Antonina Nezhdanova - (Recorded 1906) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLq6...Q&index=2&t=0s


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    Wagner: Lohengrin - "Einsam in trüben Tagen" -

    Antonina Nezhdanova - (Recorded 1910) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qiww...jXAm8Q&index=2


    Wagner: Lohengrin - "Euch Lüften die mein Klagen" -

    Antonina Nezhdanova - (Recorded 1910) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_I9...jXAm8Q&index=3


    Wagner: Lohengrin - "Das süsse Lied verhallt" -

    Antonina Nezhdanova and Leonid Sobinov - (Recorded 1910) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qrl...jXAm8Q&index=4


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    Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia - "Una voce poco fa" -

    Antonina Nezhdanova - (Recorded 1913) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S10m...Q&index=6&t=0s



    "Antonina Vasilievna Nezhdanova 16 June [OS 4 June] 1873 – 26 June 1950), was a Russian lyric coloratura soprano.

    An outstanding opera singer, she represented the Russian vocal school at its best.


    Leonid Sobinov June 7 [OS May 26] 1872 – October 14, 1934), was an acclaimed Imperial Russian operatic tenor. His fame continued unabated into the Soviet era, and he was made a People's Artist of the RSFSR in 1923.

    Sobinov's voice was lyrical in size and tone, and it was employed with discerning taste and excellent musicianship."

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    These singers are coming at me too fast. I can't keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    These singers are coming at me too fast. I can't keep up!
    Take them at your own pace - however leisurely that may be - they will always be here patiently waiting for their audience to return. One of the advantages of dating the posts is the convenience of knowing where you left off - return when you can - Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    These singers are coming at me too fast. I can't keep up!
    In retrospect this is a genuinely valid criticism and thus I've decided to make a conscious effort to reduce the number of selections per day from 5 to 3 as I would like this thread to be a place that others look forward to rather than come to dread as they fall further and further behind in their listening.

    - Once again, allow me to extend my thanks for providing the kind of feedback that will improve the thread!

    - Duncan

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    Historic Opera Singers - Arias, Duets, and Ensembles

    for the day of October 17, 2019 -

    Featured Artist - Antonio Cortis



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    Antonio Cortis 1925-1930


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    Verdi: Rigoletto - "Questa o quella" -

    Antonio Cortis - (Recorded 1930) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW8n...8&index=2&t=0s


    Verdi: Rigoletto - "Ella mi fu rapita...Parmir veder le lagrime" -

    Antonio Cortis - (Recorded 1930) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVxo...bXIUB8&index=2


    Verdi: Rigoletto - "La donna è mobile" -

    Antonio Cortis - (Recorded 1930) -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJaN...bXIUB8&index=3


    "Antonio Cortis (12 August 1891 – 2 April 1952) was a Spanish tenor with an outstanding voice. He was acclaimed by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for his exciting performances of Italian operatic works, especially those by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini and the verismo composers.

    Cortis came to be regarded as one of the best inter-war interpreters of verismo opera. He was particularly praised for his performances of Calaf and of Dick Johnson in Puccini's La fanciulla del West, while he sang with remarkable ease the strenuous music composed for the tenor voice by Umberto Giordano and Pietro Mascagni. Cortis also undertook Verdi roles, such as the Duke in Rigoletto, which he delivered with impressive skill and style.

    Music critics consider his potent, dark-coloured voice to be one of the finest lyric-dramatic tenor instruments ever captured on disc. No mere 'belter', he sang with imagination and sound musicianship as well as thrilling tone."
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    "Mollie"/Duncan - Many thanks for reminding many of us, about those fine VOICES, of the past. Also, thanks for mentioning the "Borlange fellow" - Jussi Bjorling ... who still stands as one of the most-ENDURING of the great vocalists, of any time. If anyone wants to mention the THREE GREATEST tenors of all, and does NOT mention Jussi B, well, then they're truly mistaken. Geez, has anyone mentioned Lauritz Melchior, or Georges Thill, or Alexander Kipnis, Lotte Lehmann, Helen Traubel, Ezio Pinza, Schlusnus and many others, by now? Obviously not, but am sure these great people will come-up, in the future. .... Also, thanks for mentioning Vezzani, who was a cornerstone of a great, "old" recording of Gounod's "Faust", in the past.

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