• 240px Josefschmidt

    The two that got away

    Consider two other singers not well-known to any but aficionados – Joseph Schmidt and Fritz Wunderlich. Both confirm Tennyson’s dictum “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.”. Schmidt was born in 1904, in Davidende, a small town in the Bocovina region of Romania. …

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  • Giuseppe Di Stefano

    Tenor of the century – almost

    In his memoirs, 5000 Nights at the Opera, Rudolph Bing wrote that the most beautiful sound he heard during his observation season at the Metropolitan Opera, prior to becoming its general manager in 1950, was the diminuendo with which Giuseppe Di Stefano took on the …

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  • Corelli As Dick Johnson Bw

    Or Son Sei Mesi

    Puccini’s cowboy opera, La Fanciulla del West, had returned to the Met after an absence of 17 years in 2010. 2010 was the 100th anniversary of the opera’s world premiere at the Met. Emmy Destinn and Enrico Caruso sang the leads under the direction of Arturo Toscanini. Puccini supervised the production which was directed by David Belasco on whose play the libretto was based. Ticket prices were doubled to $10 for the prima, which was sold out. It was a scalper’s dream.

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