By Charles Handelman
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Great operas and great singers, hosted by Charles Handelman.
||CleanGigli in Forza, 1951||The great Gigli w.Elizabeth Barbato in Forza. He was 61. I saw his 1955 farewell. Had he lived to 80, he would still have had it!!!!!||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiana's Met Debut||Diana Soviero's Met debut with Alfredo Kraus in Romeo et Juliette.The "Poison aria" is superb.(Also on YouTube). I know her since 1977.Still feel she is as great as any soprano in my experience.||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRosanna Carteri Boheme||Carteri and Taddei in act 3 are so moving!! Ferruccio Tagliavini is Rodolfo.||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCornell MacNeil||Close to Ruffo!! I thought Warren had a big voice.MacNeilwas awesome!!!!!!!||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMedea w.Marisa Galvany||My buddy,Marisa Galvany (one of many fake names) as Medea.||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe great Marina of Regina Resnik||Bing gave her one! Idiot! Wonderful lady!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZwSAHyGoo8||11/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe glorious Victoria de los Angeles||Hard to find right words for the glorious Victoria's voice!!!!! Here is "Dove sono?"||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoe Calleja||Joseph Calleja wants people to call him "Joe." That is the kind of guy he is. When he met me, he said I was more famous than he is. TRUE?????????????????||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSomething is rotten in Denmark||If you are not feeling well, do NOT listen to Sirach von Bodengraven! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!! I am finding old audio stuff for you. Are you thrilled??????||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrian Hymel||Great fun guy, Brian Hymel, in French arias. He is such a wonderful person, and has a beautiful family. BUY IT! I get no commission on the full CD.||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe great Norma Trio||Callas, Corelli, Nicolai from Trieste.Note Corelli attack before Callas D!!!!!!!!! Nothing like this today!!!||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiana Soviero Young||Here are early recordings of my dear friend Diana Soviero.Friends since 1977. I hope you like them.||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaria Callas as Isolde||She did it ALL!!!! Not a long career, but 1949-1955 in my view was awesome!||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEugenia Burzio||Saffo aria sung by one of my favorite singers, Eugenia Burzio. OLD STYLE!!!!!!||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoseph Calleja||I was waiting once at the Met stage door after a Macbeth. Out comes this big guy who looked at me and asked, "Are you Charlie Handelman?" I said "Yes." He gave me a big hug and said,"You are more famous than me!" What a fun...||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDorothy Kirsten sings POP!||VERY few opera singers can sing popular music. Farrell did it pretty well and many male singers do it well, but the DIVAS have trouble. I guess the breaks in the voice make it more difficult...but Dorothy Kirsten mastered the crossover, compared to...||8/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYoung Franco Lombardi aria||Corelli had more vibrato young (DelMonaco called him a "goat) but these commercial discs still tel us of the man's greatness. I saw him 40 times.Yes,he could be a pain...but generally speaking,he raised the roof!!!!!!!!!! I have friends who knew him...||8/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCaballe in Aroldo||When she showed up, Caballe was one of the greatest singers of the century! Her birthplace was Barcelona, as we at this tragic time send our deepest feelings for their people.||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTribute to Cornell MacNeil (Earlier podcast)||HUGEST voice from a baritone. Great man...In Ernani, the audience sometimes started to yell at the G before the A flat, so stupendous the sound!||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeverly's only Aida!!!!||An Oddity!!!!!! Beverly as Aida!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLa Gioconda 1953||Great cast!! (well,almost!) Milanov,Baebieri,Siepi,Warren. They had to Baum, but that's life!!!!! DelMonaco did other shows, but this is what did occur at times.||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Thank you for these Podcasts
Being able to listen to and compare performances from past and current stars makes for fascinating listening. The delusional performances are also welcome! I appreciate the commentary and Mr. Handelman's passion is evident and contagious. Thank you!
what a wonderful find!
Charlie, How kind of you to give us these wonderful gifts. I love em...keep em coming...so informative; golden age singing! Rob
Always Provocative and Interesting
Thank you in manifold ways for your ongoing series of unusual, entertaining, interesting, and always musically challenging podcasts. Please don't stop.