I was exposed to classical music at a very early age, & became an aficionado right away.
My earliest awareness came from some 78 rpm records in my mother’s collection. 3,409 more words
Today marks the anniversary of the death of opera singer Antonio Paoli (born April 14, 1871 in Ponce, Puerto Rico–August 24, 1946 in San Juan, Puerto Rico)—the Puerto Rican tenor, known as “The King of Tenors.” He is considered to be the first Puerto Rican to reach international fame in the musical arts. 473 more words
BARITONE ROBERT Merrill must have been a hoot as well as a Metropolitan Opera stalwart from 1945 to 1976. Well, there was the time in 1951 when the Met’s high-toned impresario Sir Rudolf Bing got ticked off when Merrill played Bill Merridew in the musical comedy flick, … 613 more words
“I am asked to hear many who have voices with promise of beauty, but who have obviously not the intelligence necessary to take up a career, for it does require considerable intelligence to succeed in opera, in spite of opinions to the contrary expressed by many.” 10 more words