Breaking news: RIP soprano AUDREY STOTTLER

Click here to read an interview with the singer + click here for her website

Click here to see her sing Dich Teure Halle

Click here to buy her Wagner CD





*Click here to read our reviews of Richard Tucker's recordings

(Feast of trumpets I, 1884, by the Polish painter Alexander Gierymski)

Listen below to the earliest operatic singing by Richard Tucker from July 1941. Ch'ella mi creda followed by Lunge da lei, la donna e mobile and The Bartered Bride !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



A NEW BOOK ON RICHARD TUCKER HAS BEEN WRITTEN BY HIS SON DAVID : The Hard Bargain: Music, Medicine, and My Father. Click here to read our review

(father and son)



Breaking news !!! CLAUDIO SCIMONE (b. 1934) died in his hometown on 6th September in Padova.



This month Dutch soprano AALTJE NOORDERWIER-REDDINGIUS (1868 - 1949) has her 150th anniversary.

Read here the most complete article on her life (in Dutch but use google translate)

Click here to listen to her in Schubert's Im Abendroth



On 27th August the Danish tenor ERIK SCHMEDES had his sesquicentennial (photos courtesy Charles Mintzer collection)


Erik Anton Julius Schmedes was a tenor particularly known for his roles in operas by Richard Wagner. His career remained largely based at the Vienna State opera, where he was a Kammersänger and one of the most prominent tenors during the years of Gustav Mahler's direction of the company.

Schmedes sang frequently at Bayreuth from 1899 through 1906. He also appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1908–09 season.

During his career, he sang 1,130 performances of forty-two roles and recorded for several companies, including Gramophone and Pathé, from 1902 to 1912.

The Heldentenor recorded excerpts from Der EvangelimannDie WalküreLohengrinDas RheingoldSiegfriedPagliacciDie MeistersingerRienziDaliborCavalleria rusticanaTristan und IsoldeParsifalOtelloCarmenIl trovatoreLucia di LammermoorFaustTannhäuserNormaDie Rose vom LiebesgartenPique-dameDer Templer und die JüdinRigolettoGuillaume TellLe prophèteManonLe muette de PorticiDie Königin von Saba,Samson et DalilaGötterdämmerungIphigénie en TaurideWerther, and, in Italian, Tosca.

Schmedes's last performance was in 1924 in the title role of Wilhelm Kienzl's Der Evangelimann. When he retired from the stage, he became a voice teacher in Vienna. Among his pupils were Maria Müller and Anny Konetzni.

Erik Schmedes is a character in the 2012 novel, Death and the Maiden: A Max Liebermann Mystery, by Frank Tallis.



RIP : The legendary German soprano INGE BORKH died at age 97 on Sunday 26th August in Stuttgart. (photos courtesy Charles Mintzer collection)

Click here for our review of her best CD's + below you can listen to her talking (in German) about her experiences in the USA and her memories of Richard Tucker with whom she sang the final duet from Andrea Chenier in 1954l. An excerpt of the duet is included as well from 2.50 . The clip is illustrated with rare memorabilia of the singer.




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



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)