My late tribute to the great German Bass Kurt Moll, who unfortunately, passed away on March 5 of this year at age 78.
On March 5 of 2017, the Opera world lost one of the greatest and most beautiful voices ever….
Extraordinary Bass, one of my favorites….. always magnificent, I will never forget when I saw Kurt Moll for the first time as Il Commendatore in the 1987 Salzburg production of Don Giovanni along with Samuel Ramey and Ferruccio Furlanetto and with Herbert von Karajan conducting, also later as Hunding in the Otto Schenk’s production of Die Walküre at the Met, and also his magnificent performances as King Marke in Tristan und Isolde, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and specially as Gurnemanz in Parsifal. Extraodinary Bass and we will never forget him and his rich beautiful voice. His performances will always live with us. Thank you, Kurt Moll, for your many, wonderful, beautiful performances. Rest in peace, Kurt Moll
Happy Birthday to a living legend of history of the Opera singing, one of the greatest, one of the most beautiful voices ever, the extraordinary, wonderful, magnificent… our one and only…. Leontyne Price!!!!! The history of the Opera and the history of the Met would not be the same without the gorgeous beautiful voice and presence of Leontyne Price.
The first time I saw Leontyne Price, was in the 1983 production from the Met of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino along with Giuseppe Giacomini and Leo Nucci and I was completely blown away by her performance! I became a fan!!! I will never, ever forget when I saw her for the first time in my life in “La Forza del Destino”!
So many wonderful performances….. Aida, La Forza del Destino, Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera…. so many operas and wonderful performances to name!!! I will also never forget her magnificent singing in Verdi’s Requiem!
We are so lucky and blessed to have this beautiful living legend of the Opera with us. Leontyne Price is a true TREASURE of the Opera!!!!
Thank you, Leontyne Price for your beautiful, unique voice and for your many wonderful, extraordinary performances!!! You gave so much to us!!!
HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY, LEONTYNE PRICE!!!!
I just read the sad news of the passing of one of the greatest Tenors of history of Opera…. the wonderful legendary Swedish Tenor Nicolai Gedda.
The world of Opera lost one of the most beautiful voices ever and one of the most charismatic Tenors ever.
Nicola Gedda was a true legend and a treasure of history of Opera.
He brought us so many joys with his beautiful voice and performances.
Nicolai Gedda passed away on January but the family decided to confirm the sad news until now.
Nicolai Gedda had one of the greatest and most versatile opera careers ever in the repertoire for a Tenor. I remember listening to his wonderful
Faust, Hoffmann, King Riccardo/Gustavo, Alfredo, Rodolfo, his extraordinary Lensky, Nemorino, Duke of Mantua, Don Ottavio, etc, etc in different recordings and I remember loving each different performance and singing.
Nicolai Gedda always performed so beautifully the most difficult arias for a Tenor and his voice always brought happiness to my heart.
The role Chapelou in Adolphe Adam’s “Le postillon de Lonjumeau” is one of my personal favorites and I will post a video down below so that you can all enjoy Nicolai Gedda’s beautiful voice.
Rest in peace, Nicolai Gedda and thank you, thank you for the many beautiful performances that you gave to us…. your voice will always live in our hearts
Rest in peace, Nicolai Gedda.
Happy 85 Birthday to John Williams!!!! I know, maybe John Williams took “this…. and that….. ” from many classical composers (Puccini, Stravinsky, Dvorak) for his film scores (He indeed is an opera and classical music fan ) but he marked my childhood with his music for such films like the original Star Wars movies, the Indiana Jones trilogy and specially….. …..Jaws.
(I always think that “Jaws” is a masterpiece because of the three excellent protagonists, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and the great, magnificent Robert Shaw and the brilliant, terrifying music)
I am grateful that for such films like Jaws, Star Wars or Indiana Jones, filmmakers like George Lucas and Steve Spielberg decided to use symphonic music instead of the popular 70s Disco songs that were very popular as “soundtrack music” in the film industry back then in the 70s.
The symphonic music of John Williams made an education in my childhood by listening to symphonic music in films (that and also when my family took me to my first classical music concerts at age 7 ) and also made me love, when I was a kid, to read the final credits of each film just by listening to the music of John Williams (Now in these days is weird that people stay to read the final credits of a film)
Anyway… The symphonic music of John Williams is a way that I think that can bring people to get close to classical music and that is why I celebrate him )
John Williams changed the film industry with his unforgettable film scores!
(Ennio Morricone, Maurice Jarre, Bernard Herrmann are my other favorites)
John Williams brought music to many wonderful characters of history of cinema, Indiana Jones…. Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Harry Potter, a Shark, Dinosaurs, Superman, ET, a spoiled boy left alone at home on Christmas (Home Alone) …. etc, etc….
I have many, many beautiful happy memories from my childhood with the music of John Williams…. Indiana Jones, Jaws and Star Wars are my favorites. (I also like the Home Alone them ) Do you all have a favorite John Williams moment?
Happy 85 Birthday, John Williams!