What better to celebrate La Grande Signora Leontyne Price’s 91st birthday than with my review of her 1962 recording of Puccini’s Tosca with Herbert von Karajan in charge as the conductor and also starring Giuseppe di Stefano as Cavaradossi, Giuseppe Taddei as Scarpia, Fernando Corena as the Sacristan, Carlo Cava as Angelotti, and Piero de Palma as Spoletta. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Ah, Madame Beverly Sills and Madame Shirley Verrett. Now that I took a gander at Madame Sutherland’s and Madame Horne’s readings of these iconic Bellini heroines, how did Beverly Sills’s pristine and silvery vocal technique and Shirley Verrett’s aristocratic, stylish, and nuanced vocal gifts fare when one puts two and two together? Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
I take myself back in time to take a look at a recorded version of Bellini’s popular tragic opera starring La Stupenda herself, Dame Joan Sutherland as Norma, and the dramatically versatile, Madame Marilyn Horne as Adalgisa. These two Bel Canto empresses are joined by a veritable troupe of equally versatile singers from the grand yet underrated John Alexander, Richard Cross, and Joseph Ward and the elegant and fabulous Yvonne Minton in her younger years. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Let us see how Herr Jonas Kaufmann’s style, manner, musicality, and class holds up in his latest album, a compilation of French Grand Opéra arias by Charles Gounod, Jacques Fromental Halévy, Hector Berlioz, Jacques Offenbach, Georges Bizet, Edouard Lalo, and Georges Bizet. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Two days ago, the fabulous, lovely, and awesome Bel Canto specialist, La Grande Madama Elena Mosuc, celebrated her very special day. I consider this album review to my personal birthday gift to her. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
In honor of Juan Diego Flórez’s birthday, which he celebrated yesterday, I present to you a review of his Mozart album. It is true he did record Marzio from Mozart’s early opera Mitridate, but how does someone as dashing, classy, stylish, and enticing like El Gran Señor Flórez hold up, especially with arias sung by Belmonte, Don Ottavio, Tamino, Ferrando, Idomeneo, and Tito? Enjoy this review and let me know your opinions as well.
The years roll by. Even more so, our dearest Mademoiselle Pretty Yende has been gaining in grandiosity, virtuosity, grace, elegance, and stature, as evidenced in her latest album. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Diana Damrau and Giacomo Meyerbeer. This is indubitably a most celestial combination, especially considering the fact that it has been a magnificent dream Frau Damrau has accomplished ever since she studied his music during her university years. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
This recorded version of Mozart’s Zauberflöte is one of Anna-Kristiina Kaappola’s final performances and hurrahs as one of her all-time signature roles, the fiery, fierce, awesome, and grand Queen of the Night, before transitioning to the more lyrical repertoire. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Now that I’ve taken care of the opera singers’ for this year, it’s time for me to take a look at some of my favorite classical crossover singers and their respective holiday albums. Charlotte Church and Placido Domingo have struck again and this time they have brought in a couple of friends, the splendidly elegant Vanessa Williams and the warm-hearted Tony Bennett. Ah, the charismatic, down-to-earth, and simply put fine, Billy Gilman. He was a charming, young country-singing prodigy as a lad and nowadays, he still keeps his trademark charm, lovability, and wonderful appeal. To make your holidays warm and cozy, we have the fine, down-to-earth, gentleman of a crossover singer, the one, the only Josh Groban. He is additionally joined by a fine selection of songsters, who have accompanied him on this holiday journey. Finally, we have the queen of classical crossover, Sarah Brightman, gracing the listeners with her lilting soprano voice, which gave life to the melodies she sang. This concludes my overall holiday album review marathon for this year, yet do stay tuned for some animated holiday special tributes and lookbacks.