This month stallwart Italian tenor GIORGIO CASELLATO LAMBERTI celebrated his 80th birthday. Click here for his website

Puerto-Rican tenor ANTONIO BARASORDA died from a heart attack in his home in San Juan on 9th July 2018 (photos courtesy Charles Mintzer)

Barasorda made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Cavaradossi in 1995, later he also sang Pollione, Radamès, Cyrano de Bergerac and Canio. He subsituted for Domingo in the fourth act of Andrea Chenier in 2002.

Click here to watch him in Norma's finale with Cristina Deutekom



Italian bass baritone CLAUDIO DESDERI died in Florence on 30th June. (photos courtesy Charles Mintzer collection)

Click here for an interview in English on staging + watch him here in Il Barbieri di Siviglia

Previously unmentioned : British mezzo JOYCE BLACKHAM died on 4th June. (photos courtesy Charles Mintzer coll.)

Click here for her obituary + listen here to her singing the Verdi Requiem live

NEW !!! BELGIUM'S STAR DIVA VINA BOVY GOT A NEW BIOGRAPHY, click here to read our review and how to order it


NEW !! Stefan Zucker just released his third volume of FRANCO CORELLI A REVOLUTION IN SINGING. Click here for our review and how to order it


Breaking news :

RIP : BARRY MCDANIEL died after a long illness on 18th June in Berlin, he was 87

Listen and watch him sing the duet from pearl fishers with Alfredo Kraus

Listen to the Pagliacci duet live with Pilar Lorengar


A few months after his wife Alice Weinberger died; Italian bass BONALDO GIAOTTI passed away at age 85 on June 11. Click here for his biography




Dutch tenor HUBERT DELAMBOYE (b. 1945) died after a long sickness on June 11 at age 72 in Margraten. Click here for an English biography



American soprano Kristine CIESINSKI died at age 65 as the pilot of  glider that crashed on 9th June in Grand Teton National Park. She was married to bassbaritone Norman Bailey.

Click here for her website


Corsican mezzo ISABELLE ANDREANI died in Toulon at age 95.

(courtesy Charles Mintzer collection)

RIP : On 26th May HERMAN BEKAERT, bass of the former Royal Flemish opera died at age 81



125 years ago in the month of May ROSA RAISA creator of Turandot was born in Bialystok.

Click here for rare recordings of the diva

Click here for a Studs Terkel interview with Rosa Raisa reflecting on her career and time in Chicago.

Click here for another interview -first time available !!!! - of Raisa speaking about the restoration of the auditorium theatre in Chicago


(Charles Mintzer author of Raisa's biography and Raisa's greatgrandchildren Matthew and Nicole Homme in Brooklyn, courtesy Charles Mintzer)


Estonian bass MATI PALM died in Tallin on 28 May at age 77.



NEW !!!

A luxurious biography on 'verismo' soprano MARIA FARNETI has been published in Italy.

MARIA FARNETI nel cielo di Puccini e Mascagni : click here for our review and how to order this splendid publication

(photos courtesy Charles Mintzer collection)

The best release of her recordings can be found on the TrueSound transfer series :




JAN BRANDTS BUYS FESTIVAL (1868 -1933) in the Netherlands

Buy here your tickets !!!!!!!!


Brandts Buys was a Dutch composer who came from a long line of Dutch organists and composers of protestant church music.

His father was an organ player in the town of Zutphen in the Netherlands, where Jan was born. He studied at the Raff Conservatory in Frankfurt and in 1892 settled in Vienna, where he got to know Johannes Brahms, who, along with Edvard Grieg, praised his early works. His piano concerto won an important international prize and such famous artists as Lilli Lehmann often included his songs on the same program with those of Franz Schubert.

Brandts Buys's oeuvre comprises piano pieces, organ pieces, chamber music, orchestral music, songs, pieces for choir, cantates and operas.

We present a video trailer of a promo cd release anticipating the Jan Brandts Buys Festival Zutphen 21-23 September 2018. The cd and the festival will commemorate Brandts Buys's 150th birthday on September 12. The cd features an integral recording of Brandts Buys's 1919 opera Micarême by tenor Denzil Delaere, soprano Jolien De Gendt and baritone Hans de Vries, accompanied by the 81 years young Dutch piano legend René Rakier. The cd also features a preview from the Lieder recital with songs by tenor Hendrik Vonk, accompanied by pianist Wolter Willemsen. Soprano Julia Bronkhorst recorded a few excerpts of her "8 composers in 5 generations Brandts Buys festival recital". Jan ten Bokum recorded excerpts of the piano recital. Sopranos Barbara Schilstra and Jolien De Gendt recorded excerpts from their arias in the opera programme, precisely Hero und Leander and Die Schneider von Schönau. The opera concert in Hanzehof Zutphen on September 22 will include highlights from all 10 operas composed by Brandts Buys.

The festival will also feature chamber music (with Jeroen den Herder), an organ recital (with Frank van Wijk). For the opera and Lieder recital the renowned soprano Johannette Zomer will be a key attraction.

CD is available at concerts and from For more information on the Brandts Buys cd and festival click here !!!


Click here to hear his opera Die Schneider von Schonau with Soile Isokoski

Click here to hear the most famous duet from the same opera with Rudolf Schock



NEW !!! The Belgian-Walloon CD label "Musique en Wallonie" issued a two CD set of the Belgian basso PIERRE D'ASSY (1868-1910)

Click here for an extended review of this very welcome release + click here to order the CD

(cd cover) (the only LP release of some of his recordings)


NEW !!

Maurizio Tiberi from Rome just released his new state-of-the-art biography of BENVENUTO FRANCI

Click here for our review and how and where to order this magnificent publication


NEW : a wonderful and moving documentary of the life and career of REGINA RESNIK produced by her son !!




LOTTE LEHMANN, the accoustic recordings a 4 CD release by Marstonrecords and not to be missed !!!

Lotte Lehmann enjoyed a forty-year career spanning 1910 to 1950 on stage in opera and on the concert platform. Remembered now primarily for her portrayals of Wagner and Strauss roles and as a consummate interpreter of German lieder, her early recordings, not widely known, give us a broader picture of this great artist. It will, perhaps, not come as a surprise to hear Lehmann in her now familiar roles: Sieglinde, Elsa, Eva, and the Marschallin. What really makes these records outstanding is the ease and beauty of Lehmann's vocal production, and the opportunity of hearing her in repertoire not associated with her. We are treated to a generous sprinkling of Mozart, including three duets with baritone Heinrich Schlusnus, as well as arias by Weber, Lortzing, and Nicolai. Although she sings in German, you can hear French opera arias from La JuiveFaustMignonCarmenTales of Hoffmann, and Manon. From Italian opera, we hear the Willow Song from Otello and Puccini arias from Manon LescautLa BohèmeToscaButterfly, and two rare recordings from Suor Angelica. Other highlights include Lehmann's recording of Tatyana's Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin, an aria from d'Albert's Die toten Augen, and the exquisite aria and duet from Korngold's Die tote Stadt with tenor Richard Tauber. These are among the greatest treasures of the acoustic recording era. The booklet contains a biographical essay by Dr. Daniel Jacobson, Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, an essay on the recordings by Michael Aspinall, and a personal reminiscence by André Tubeuf, who has also provided numerous rare and lovely photos from Lehmann’s early career prior to her emergence on to the international operatic scene. Since there is some extra space at the end of the fourth CD, we are offering a selection of operatic and lieder recordings from her electric Odeon discography, 1927-1932.

Click here to read all about it


REYNALDO HAHN TRIBUTE : A Proust/Hahn and music conference.

Click here to watch the videos of the conference




Remarkable and heart-warming : a museum devoted to the tenor AMEDEO BASSI has been opened in Montespertoli. Click here for more information

Exclusive : a few photos from the Amedeo Bassi museum (courtesy and copyright Museo Amedeo Bassi/Francesca Di Natali)