Click here for his obituary + click here for his 1958 production -video!!!!- of Don Giovanni at the Teatro di Corte
(with Sutherland and Scotto)
(with Ricciarelli and late in life)
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See below for Ward Marston youtube clip expanding on this release
This deluxe 16-CD set contains John McCormack’s complete electrically recorded output of 243 sides, 1925-1942, plus all extant alternative takes as well as 2 CDs of his surviving radio broadcasts. Each disc was newly transferred by Ward Marston from original sources. The set contains a comprehensive booklet of essays and notes on the recordings by the leading authorities on John McCormack: Gordon Ledbetter, author of two books on the tenor, and Michael Aspinall, the world’s acknowledged expert on the art of bel canto, of which McCormack was one of the greatest exponents. The final two CDs in the set comprises new restorations of all 57 of McCormack’s earliest recordings, made on cylinder and disc in 1904, following his victory in the Dublin Feis Ceoil national singing competition in 1903. These fascinating, if primitive, vocal documents allow us to hear the artist before his sojourn in Italy in 1905, when he trained under Maestro Sabatini.
Click here for her biography (French only)
Click here to listen to her Azucena in a complete Trovatore in French (Le Trouvère) in 1966 in Marseille (see an in memoriam video below)
(w. Leonard Bernstein)
Click here for her website
Click here for her youtube channel
Click here for an obituary
Click here for the results
Click here for the competition's website with past winners, participants etc.
Click here to watch the high level competition
Yoel Arbeitman has just published a scholarly in-depth paper about "Hector Berlioz and the Jewish question in Weimar Benvenuto Cellini"
Click here to read the article !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*Click here to watch the 2007 Salzburg performance of B.C
*Click here to listen to the RAI 1973 b'cast with Franco Bonisolli singing in French
*Click here to watch the 1987 performance with Cecila Gasdia and Chris Merritt
In Memoriam PAUL DE DECKER ( 1932 - 2019), he was the son of the famous Flemish bass Eduard De Decker about who he wrote book, he also published two CD's with rare live recordings of his father. Paul was a friend. He sadly passed away on 29 April in his residence in Spain. May his soul rest in piece.
(Paul De Decker receiving congratulations for his publication)
"Ich habe die allerbesten Erinnerungen an sehr viele Italianische Tenore. Von Mario Del Monaco bis Giuseppe di Stefano, von Franco Corelli bis zu Nicht-Italienern wie Richard Tucker in New York and Ernst Kozub in Deutschland."
Zadek was born in Bromberg on 15 December 1917. After her hometown became Polish after World War I, her parents moved to Stettin in 1920,where Zadek spent her youth. However as a Jewess she left Germany in 1935 and settled in then Palestine, where she worked as a nurse in Jerusalem, while studying voice at the Jerusalem conservatory where she studied with Edith Boroscheck who also fled Nazi Germany. In 1944 she met Rose Pauly who coached her for the role of Tosca. In 1945, she returned to Europe and studied in Zurich with Ria Ginster.
Zadek made her operatic debut in 1947, at the Vienna State Opera, as Aida (opposite Mirto Picchi, Hoengen and Taddei) to great acclaim, she remained with this theatre for twenty years. The following year she first appeared at the Salzburg Festival, where she sang as Donna Anna and Vitellia. Her repertory also included Elsa, Desdemona (opposite Max Lorenz), Amelia (Ballo), Elisabetta (Don Carlos), Santuzza, Saffi, Tosca (opposite Franco Corelli), Salome etc.
Zadek took part in the creation of Carl Orff's Antigonae in 1949, and sang Magda Sorel in the local premiere in Vienna of Menotti's The Consul in 1950. She also appeared in Munich and the Berlin State Opera. She made guest appearances at Covent Garden in London, the Glyndebourne and the Holland Festivals (Rotterdam), at the Paris Opéra, in Brussels, la Scala in Milan, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Bolshoi in Moscow, Leningrad, Rio de Janeiro, Edinburgh, Riga, Monte Carlo, Bregenz, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Seattle, etc..
She sang at the Metropolitan in New York during the 1952–53 season (Aida opposite Mario Del Monaco). She retired from the stage in 1971.
Rudi van den Bulck, February 2019
PS Contrary to the article on Zadek on wikipedia she never sang in San Francisco (info courtesy Herbert Scholder) nor at the Colon (courtesy Juan Dzazopulos)
(Walkuere, Prince Igor, Tosca, early photos going back to then Palestine)
A new wonderful 4 CD set released by Desirée records, click here for our review + click here to order this treasure trove on ebay !!!
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RECORDED OPERA GOLDMINE IN BERKELEY, click here to read about it all
(Jeffrey McMillan author of the article)
Click here for Conrad L. Osborne's extended in-depth review of the set !!!!! A must read
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This very handsome 13cd set with a lavishly illustrated, hard cover, 324 page book with tons of great photos and translations of all the Russian-language arias and songs is the perfect gift this season for the opera, song-lover or the person who collects complete anthologies. Of all the great Marston releases to date, this has to be Ward’s masterpiece. The project shows so much love and respect for the subject, and seems the “last word” on this great artist,
Click here to read our review illustrated with rare photos and videoclips
(photos courtesy Charles Mintzer coll.)
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(another path in music Andy BASIOLA, grandson of the famous baritone on the left)
* Chilean baritone CARLOS HAIQUEL died at age 89 in Santiago on 27 November (all info courtesy Juan Dzazopulos, photo operanostalgia archive)
Of Lebanese origin, Haiquel traveled to Italy in 1954 to study singing. In Milan he had several teachers, but the main one was the baritone Giovanni Inghilleri. He was selected among 318 applicants in the Young Singing Competition of 1956 and debuted in Milan in 1956, singing the role of Silvio in Pagliacci.
He debuted at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago on September 18, 1957, singing the role of Germont in La Traviata, along with soprano Virginia Zeani and tenor Bruno Landi. On October 3 he sang the role of Marcello in La Boheme, along with Claudia Parada, Rena Gary Falacchi and Bruno Landi.
Carlos Haiquel sang practically in all the lyrical seasons of the Municipal Theater, between 1957 and 1989. His roles included: Ford in Falstaff, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut. Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Iago in Otello, Schlemil in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, the Great Priest in Samson et Dalila, Escamillo in Carmen, Valentin in Faust, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Scarpia in Tosca, Albert in Werther, Michelle in Il Tabarro , Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, both by Rossini and Paisiello.
His last appeaance at the Municipal Theater was in the season of 1989, in Madama Butterfly.
(Charles Mintzer and his friend Arthur Naftal at the opening of the new house, poster of the new season 1966)
This DVD is a product of the 50th anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera’s move to its new theatre at Lincoln Center from its old Broadway andWest 39th Street opera house. Although the DVD is Met and New York City-specific, the cast is international and the story told has wide appeal. It was brilliant that Ms. Froemke was able to enlist 90-year old Leontyne Price to narrate the story. Miss Price, who in recent years has been fairly low-profile, turns in a true diva performance as narrator, full of humor and is non self-deprecating; the lady knows her worth!
(Arthur Naftal, Justino Diaz as Antony and Leontyne Price seems to be getting quite a kick of cutting the first swatch from the old Met’s famous golden curtain, 18 July 1966)
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 :
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)
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 !!
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)