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That’s Donizetti, Daddy-O!

Placido Domingo ó Be My Love

Decca/London was somewhat earlier with their series ëClassic Recitalsí and now Deutsche Gramophon is following without that title.

SPONTINI: La Vestale

Though this La Vestale is sung in its original French, it strikes me as rather odd that the contents in the sleeve notes nevertheless still employs the Italian names Licinio and Giulia.


As rare as it may be to hear Gounodís Faust in Bulgarian, the language differences soon pass in a good performance, especially one that includes a live performance of the bass Nicolai Ghiaurov from the prime of his performing career.


My father was a small bit player in an amateur operetta company from 1947 till 1963 when the company folded.

Brewer makes Isolde hers in stage debut

SAN FRANCISCO ó Christine Brewer took her time mastering Isolde before making her stage debut in the role with the San Francisco Opera in October.

VERDI: Don Carlo — Berlin 1948

Don Carlo, an opera in five acts. Music composed by Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901). Libretto by Joseph MÈry and Camille Du Locle after Friedrich von Schiller’s dramatic poem Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien. French text revised by Du Locle, Italian translation by Achille de LauziËres and Angelo Zanardini.

Otello: Eisesk‰lte auf der Pawlatsche des Lebens

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