Meetings onstage – Lauri-Volpi

Meetings onstage – Lauri-Volpi

I first met Lauri-Volpi in Rome, but started singing with him later, in Monte Carlo. Having just finished one exhausting tour, I suddenly knew that my impresario had made an agreement, according to which I would have to perform in the capital of Monaco during several forthcoming months... ...

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Legendary voices in song

Legendary voices in song

Before the advent of discography, songs were rarely included by opera singers in their repertoire but they made exception for folkloristic songs especially in Germany, Russia and England, which were deemed suitable for concerts and refined salons. ...

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The aesthetics of Gigli’s singing

The aesthetics of Gigli’s singing

A generation of the musical public grew up and had its taste shaped under the influence of Beniamino Gigli’s recordings; and among them a generation of young tenors blossomed under this same influence into artistic maturity... ...

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Special: 4 tenors from Malta

Special: 4 tenors from Malta

Today is the birthday of  tenor Joseph Calleja, the latest star in an illustrious line of successful tenors from the small island of Malta. In celebration of him and those before him, we present a special on tenors from Malta this month. Four tenors are featured, listed below in order of birth ...

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Bellini, Norma and Bartoli

Bellini, Norma and Bartoli

Bellini's musical training was first within the family then continued under Nicola Zingarelli at the Naples Conservatory when he became thoroughly familiar wwith the works of Haydn, Mozart and... ...

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Recollections of Hipólito Lázaro

Recollections of Hipólito Lázaro

Lázaro looked somewhat like the stereotypical Latin leading man, as popularized in the twenties and thirties. My father says that he befriended Lázaro from the thirties to around 1950, in which year he retired. ...

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Cavalleria Rusticana: an alternative analysis

Cavalleria Rusticana: an alternative analysis

Whether you see it for the first time or the twenty first time, my warped account may make it ... well ... different for you. ...

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Articles


  • Giacomo Lauri-Volpi

    Meetings onstage – Lauri-Volpi

    I first met Lauri-Volpi in Rome, but started singing with him later, in Monte Carlo. Having just finished one exhausting tour, I suddenly knew that my impresario had made an agreement, according to which I would have to perform in the capital of Monaco during several forthcoming months…

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  • Beniamino Gigli

    The aesthetics of Gigli’s singing

    A generation of the musical public grew up and had its taste shaped under the influence of Beniamino Gigli’s recordings; and among them a generation of young tenors blossomed under this same influence into artistic maturity…

    Read More

Focus Features


Legendary voices in song

Chaliapin 1

Before the advent of discography, songs were rarely included by opera singers in their repertoire but they made exception for folkloristic songs especially in Germany, Russia and England, which were deemed suitable for concerts and refined salons.

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O Don Fatale

Don Carlo

A supremely gifted mezzo-soprano can make a career out of singing the the great Verdi mezzo roles – Azucena in Il Trovatore, Eboli in Don Carlo, and Amneris in Aida. Eboli presents a an especially challenging role for the singer who portrays the spurned princess.

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