Breaking news : American tenor OTONIEL GONZAGA died on 13th January in Vienna. Click here for his website + click here to watch him in Les Troyens


Russian bass ALEXANDER VEDERNIKOV (1927 - 2018) died at age 90.




French pop star FRANCE GALL died at age 70 from cancer; she won the 1965 eurovision song contest receiving the prize from none other than MARIO DEL MONACO. In that same year Swedish baritone INGVAR WIXELL also participated. Those were the days!

Click here to see the prize winning singer with Del Monaco on video

And here's Ingvar Wixell in English:



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)


RIP : former Rosa Ponselle student BETTE HANKIN, American mezzo passed away on Christmas Day. Click here for an obit


Sad news : we were informed by Herr Carl Meffert that our long-time collaborator and supporter MANFRED KRUGMANN (Solingen) sadly passed away last December. He will be greatly missed by us all as he was a source of information and also always willing to help. RIP



LEGENDA BAŁTYKU live from Poznań Opera !!!!

English subtitles provided

Under the waves of the Baltic Sea lies the lost city of Vineta. Legends swirl around this place; legends so powerful that young Doman (Pavlo Tolstoy) will dive down into an unforgiving ocean to find it, in order to win the hand of his beloved Bogna (Wioletta Chodowicz)... this production of Legenda Bałtyku (The Baltic Legend) by Polish composer Feliks Nowowiejski (click here for more on the composer) is directed by Robert Bondara and conducted by Tadeusz Kozłowski. This is the first live stream in the history of Teatr Wielki - Opera Poznań.



RIP :the American soprano (b. 1928) of Rumanian descent passed away in New Mexico on 22nd December. Marilyn Tyler was a student of Friedrich Schorr in NYC and Toti dal Monte in Italy.

Click here for a biography. Click here to listen to her in Goyescas.


RIP : SIMONETTA PUCCINI died on 16 December at age 89. Click here for more information + click here for her foundation

Most sources claim she was the last descendent of the composer though there is still the story of Giacomo Manfredi. Read here !!

(young Puccini and his allegedly great great grandson ten year old Giacomo Manfredi)

(backstage at the Met with Mario Del Monaco as Chenier)



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 new book on Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann has just been published. Vincent Giroud and Michael Kaye's "Real Tales of Hoffmann, origin, history and restoration of a masterpiece" is according to Hoffmann interpreter par excellence Neil Shicoff ' a revelation to musicians and everyone who has ever fallen under the spell of Offenbach's immortal masterpiece'. Click here to read our comments.


Lots of books have been written on the art of singing, some more interesting and more successful than others. This two volume set –totaling over 700 pages!! - is of great interest and recommended to anyone interested in vocal technique and singers of the golden age.

Click here for our comments and how to order the two volumes





NEW !!! A BOOK RELEASE BY CHALIAPIN EXPERT JOSEPH DARSKY, click here to read our comments on this new book release


Joseph Darsky (pen name of Joseph Stremlin) has completed his Chaliapin trilogy, this new one is about his relationship to Jews; his other books were about Chaliapin’s huge career in the Western Hemisphere, mostly the USA, and the other is about the women in Chaliapin’s life. This new release is massively researched and deals frankly with complicated and sensitive issues in the great artist’s life. Ward Marston (click here) has also announced his 13-cd set of the complete (!!!) Chaliapin recorded output, due out shortly. Darsky (Stremlin) collaborated with Marston on the large booklet (167 pages) which will accompany the cds.

Click here to order the book or send an email for a pre-order at a serious discount (mentioning the code Leaflets20) to nova.main@novapublishers.com or call them at (631)-299-0024



NEW !!! A FIRST EVER BOOK RELEASE ON POLISH NIGHTINGALE ADA SARI, click for our review and soundclips




NEW !!! BENJAMIN GODARD'S DANTE on BRUZANE (click here for more info)



NEW !!! FELICIEN DAVID on BRUZANE (scroll down for a review)


NEW !!! Saint-Saens PROSERPINE



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




New fabulous release from Desirée records in their Great Australian Voices series : MARIE COLLIER "the Star that fell to shine"

Click here for our review + click here to order the set


NEW : a fine book release exploring the development of vocal and dramatic interpretations from generation to generation. Click here to read our comments on this new work + click here to order it.



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




The recording REVELATION of the year 2017, a must have recording for all operetta fans !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A great new operetta recording JOSEPH BEER's "Polish wedding" has just been released by cpo.

Click here for a review AND sound examples

Click here for the composer's website

Click here for an interview (French only) with the composer's daughter


A FRENCH OPERA FESTIVAL : a survey of must-have rare recordings

Click here to read about Gounod's opera (French only) + click here to listen to the most famous aria from this opera Nuit resplendissante

Click here to read a review of Félicien David's Herculanum (English)

Click here to read a review of Victorin Joncières's Dimitri (English)

Click here to listen to clips from these new recordings

Click here to read for a review of Saint-Saens Les Barbares

Click here to read for a review of Massenet's Le Mage

Click here for the BRUZANE website

Click here to read all about Maurice Emmanuel and his opera Salamine (French only)

Félicien DAVID click here to read a review in English + click here for a review in French

Camille Saint-Saens: click here to read a review

Benjamin GODARD : click here for more info




Carlo Enrico PASTA, cousin of Giuditta Pasta, at least some sources claim him to be, was an Italian opera composer who fled to Peru and became a sort of Carlo Gomes for the Peruvian nation. His Atahualpa has now been released, read all about it here and get the release before it's sold out as it is a must-have recording for every lover of 19th century opera.


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)