• Hilde Konetzni

    Hilde Konetzni

    For over fourty years Hilde Konetzni was been artistically associated with the Vienna State Opera, where she had given her debut as Elisabeth in “Tannhäuser“ on April 5th 1935. From that evening on she not only became one of the most popular members of the …

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  • Emmy Bettendorf

    Emmy Bettendorf

    Emmy Bettendorf, born on July 16th 1895 in Frankfurt am Main, already started to sing at a very tender age. The girl was not even 15 years old when she auditioned for the Opera House of Frankfurt where she accepted a two-year-contract in 1914 making …

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Articles, Interviews & Memories

  • Gigli

    Beniamino Gigli: The Record of Prejudice

    During the controversial period in his career, in the years leading up to and immediately following World War II, Beniamino Gigli was, above all, the most international of Italian singers, in both his personal orientation and in his arrangement of his itineraries. In effect, Gigli …

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  • Soprano Angel Joy Blue is Liu in San Diego Opera's TURANDOT

    Sitting down with Angel Joy Blue

    Soprano Angel Joy Blue is singing the role of the young slave girl Liù in the San Diego Opera production of Turandot on February 24 and 27, and March 2 and 4, 2018. Lise Lindstrom sings the title role of Turandot and Carl Tanner sings …

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Focus Feature

Le Postillon de Lonjumeau

Le postillon de Lonjumeau 1836

The history of opera is littered with shipwrecks which sail with great success when first launched only to sink into oblivion for one reason or another. Some are lost forever and some are re-floated only to sail out briefly before returning to dry-dock. It seems that ‘Le Postillon de Lonjumeau’ has become something of a pleasure boat which is only given the odd cruise in its home waters of France, kept afloat almost solely by its famous tenor aria of the same title. It is an aria full of verve, humour, melody requiring great vocal skill.

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