Shall I Go On?
Volume XXIV - 2 Party CDs of Vocal Oddities
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CD 1: Aida thru Pagliacci
CD 2: Puritani thru Zauberflöte
Musicologist Roberto Alagna agrees with Arturo Toscanini about an alternate ending of "Celeste Aida" during this December 12, 2012 performance of Aida. But I don't think the maestro would have approved of his blatant copout by singing falsetto.
From the same performance as above, Roberto Alagna gives those $200+ ticket holders a falsetto high Bb during Act III. His Aida is Liudmyla Monastyrska.
From the same performance as above, Olga Borodina demonstrates her inability to get through the role of Amneris. She pulls a Poplovskaya by singing a line down an octave.
Here is the second verse of "Coppia iniqua" from Anna Bolena as sung by Edita Gruberova two days before her 66th birthday.
Rice Krispies is an appropriate breakfast in Japan
06 C'EST MAGNIFIQUE
Maybe Roberto Alagna should quit his day job...
Garrison Keilor delivers a great spoof on opera with the help of the late Jerry Hadley.
Kristin Chenoweth guest hosts for Chelsea Handler by singing the Habanera from Carmen.
Soubrette-sounding Marilyn Horne sings the Habanera from Carmen during the film "Carmen Jones".
Soubrette-sounding Marilyn Horne sings the Sequidilla from Carmen during the film "Carmen Jones".
11 DON CARLO
As-late-as-humanly-possible in his career, Samuel Ramey sings the role of the Grand Inquisitor during this April 2012 Houston performance of Don Carlo. Philippe II is sung by Andrea Silvestrelli.
Here is the finale of The Girl of the Golden West as performed by Patrice anything-you-can-sing-I-too-can-sing Munsel and Brian Sullivan.
Here is the final trio from La forza del destino as sung by Jacqueline Callas, Kostas Logiadis (tenor) and Nikos Papachristos (bass) as performed during an Athens 1957 concert.
Rice Krispies behind the makeup of Pagliacci.
Talk about a grand pause: here is the finale of Pagliacci, or in this case, Bajazzo from a September 28, 1987 Berlin performance by the Vienna Chamber Opera.
Canio is Louis Gentile, Nedda is Ewa Izykowska, Tonio is Georg Dihel, Beppo is Reinhard Brussmann and Silvio is Florian Prey
Here is the second verse of "A te, o cara" as sung by Chris Merritt and Mariella Devia during this Bologna performance of I Puritani on October 20, 1988.
Here is "Vieni fra queste braccia"" as sung by Chris Merritt and Mariella Devia during this Bologna performance of I Puritani on October 20, 1988.
Here is "Credeasi misera" as sung by Chris Merritt and Mariella Devia during this Bologna performance of I Puritani on October 20, 1988.
Here is the second verse of "A te, o cara" as sung by Dmitry Korchak and Olga Peretyatko during this Paris performance of I Puritani on November 16, 2012.
Here is a come scritto all-out "Vieni fra queste braccia" as sung by Dmitry Korchak and Olga Peretyatko during this Paris performance of I Puritani on November 16, 2012.
Here is "Credeasi misera" as sung by Dmitry Korchak and Olga Peretyatko during this Paris performance of I Puritani on November 16, 2012.
We all love the cogliones of Regina Resnik and this excerpt from a January 5, 1974 performance of Salome. Herod is sung by Ragnar Ulfung, Salome is Grace Melzia Bumbry and Jochanaan is Lawrence Shadur.
Grace Bumbry lets us all know how painful it is to be harpooned during the same Salome performance as above.
Did nicotine actually help the singing of Lisa della Casa? She didn't mind it all during this 1963 BBC interview.
10 SOUTH PACIFIC
In 1951, do-overs weren't easy to do in television. Lauritz Melchior makes an early entrance in one phrase near the end of this "Some Enchanted Evening".
Here is Competitor #15 singing "Dich teare Halle" from Tannhäuser before she became one of the greatest chirpers ever.
12 TOD UND DAS MäDCHEN
Sophie Braslau interpolates and descends to a low D in this studio recording of Schubert's "Der Tod und ads Mädchen" during this april 27, 1928 studio recording.
Helge Roswaenge, Ljuba Welitsch and Paul Schöffler: is there a better cast for Tosca Act II hijinx? Note the interpolated high Bb by Mme. Welitsch. This is from a live German-language performance in Vienna on December 23, 1949
Marcella Pobbe delivers a thrilling murder upon Cornell MacNeil during this 1965 Genova performance of Tosca.
George Fortune REALLY sounds like his Scarpia is choking on his own blood during this April 19, 1976 Berlin performance of Tosca. Janis Martin sings the title role.
Maria Callas gives a really believable reaction to the death of her Cavaradossi (Mario Filippeschi) during this June 8, 1950 Mexico City performance. And note how she holds onto the final high Bb. You think the orchestra isn't going to come in.
Rosa Ponselle makes it easy for Frederick Jagel during the offstage Act I serenade. By this point in the music, she's singing in Gb instead of Ab, making his interpolation a Bb. This took place on January 5, 1935.
Alfredo Kraus interpolates a high C (what a surprise) during the Act I offstage serenade of this May 1974 Naples performance of La traviata. His Violetta is Maria Chiara (who caps it all off with an interpolated high Eb).
Alfredo Kraus interpolates a high C (what a surprise) during the Act I offstage serenade of this May 26, 1980 Frankfurt performance of La traviata. His Violetta is Edda Moser.
Alfredo Kraus interpolates a high C (what a surprise) during the Act I offstage serenade of this May 28, 1982 Frankfurt performance of La traviata. His Violetta is Nelly Miricioiu.
Mario Sereni interpolates a high Ab at the end of Act II, scene 1 during this April 21, 1962 performance of La traviata. His Alfredo is Barry Morell.
Donald Smith interpolates a high C# during the Act I offstage serenade of this September 9, 1966 Sydney performance of Il trovatore. His di Luna is Alexander Major.
Stephanie Blythe shows she's not a real Verdi mezzo by cutting short a bunch of high notes during this January 12, 2013 performance of Il trovatore. Her Manrico is Mario Berti.
From the same above performance with Alexey Markov as di Luna, Stephanie Blythe cuts short the final note and sort of re-writes Verdi.
The then-unknown Gianpiero Mastromei sings the role of the Mandarin in this July 28, 1961 Teatro Colon performance of Turandot.
Hildegard Hillebrecht pulls a Rysanek when she screams during this March 20, 1966 Stuttgart performance of Die Walküre. Her Siegmund, showing he has well enough left for the final high A is Mario del Monaco.
Varla Jean sings (as well as obligatoizes) excerpts from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.
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