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by CVAULT1
04 Mar 2016, 00:22
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Josefina "La Cha Cha" Aguilar
Replies: 1
Views: 1071

Josefina "La Cha Cha" Aguilar

Does anyone know much about this operetta & opera soprano? I have her fine farewell concert, but unearthing information about her is about impossible. She apparently was quite influential in popularizing the songs of Rodrigo & some others. She was mainly active in the '30's & '40's.
by CVAULT1
24 Feb 2016, 16:28
Forum: Comments, Suggestions & Bugs
Topic: Butchering the National Anthem
Replies: 3
Views: 2047

Re: Butchering the National Anthem

"Here" is the United States.
by CVAULT1
23 Feb 2016, 01:21
Forum: Comments, Suggestions & Bugs
Topic: Butchering the National Anthem
Replies: 3
Views: 2047

Butchering the National Anthem

For some time, I have had this stuck in my craw: why do we need to have some popsy-wopsy mediocre "talent" destroying our national anthem just about every time it is performed? Some no-talent schmuck gets hired to make it their next hip-hop hit, and 80% of the time, they don't even know the words, a...
by CVAULT1
22 Feb 2016, 17:12
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 18151

Re: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing

Some years ago, Roberto Alagna recorded some stuff by way of an acoustic horn. The difference in sound is pretty apparent....that's why it's not too fair to judge artists of the "scream into the horn" generation by their not-quite-accurate recordings.
by CVAULT1
21 Feb 2016, 17:24
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: What's the best voice you've heard live?
Replies: 14
Views: 5157

Re: What's the best voice you've heard live?

As to quality of voice, stage presence, & musicianship, Shirley Verrett was a standout. She was a whole orchestra unto herself. I heard two recitals of hers over-the-years, and they were magnificent.
by CVAULT1
05 Feb 2016, 21:55
Forum: Opera
Topic: Pseudonym recordings
Replies: 0
Views: 1340

Pseudonym recordings

Over-the-years, I have worked with a number of record sleuths & archivists, to find out who is actually on many of the dawn-of-the-LP recordings, issued with hokey names, or with no credits at all. One that eludes me is the Gramophone issue of La Boheme & Lohengrin selections. The performances are v...
by CVAULT1
05 Feb 2016, 21:48
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Ever changed your mind on a singer rec versus live?
Replies: 8
Views: 2787

Re: Ever changed your mind on a singer rec versus live?

For me, Ludovic Spiess, was like a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. His studio recordings are really dullsville. Conversely, just about all the live recordings I have of him are excellent. I guess he just needed the spark of a live audience to get his fire started.
by CVAULT1
22 Jan 2016, 01:04
Forum: Comments, Suggestions & Bugs
Topic: A rare recordings section possible?
Replies: 2
Views: 3398

A rare recordings section possible?

Since I am an old time collector, I was wondering if there might be a place set aside for the sale of rare recordings for newer collectors. 'Just a thought.
by CVAULT1
22 Jan 2016, 00:54
Forum: Opera Vivrà Content
Topic: Special: 4 tenors from Malta
Replies: 4
Views: 2653

Re: Special: 4 tenors from Malta

You might not recognize Kirkop by his full name...he was billed usually as just Oreste.
by CVAULT1
19 Jan 2016, 16:42
Forum: Opera
Topic: ClassicFM's "Best Nessun Dorma" - a joke?
Replies: 8
Views: 3851

Re: ClassicFM's "Best Nessun Dorma" - a joke?

I'd have to agree that this is a rather strange array. Bjoerling & Corelli belong in the group; Pavarotti's commercial, complete recording is his best. Many other times he slops through it, and doesn't sing the right note values. Di Stefano, even though he probably should have passed on the role, wa...