I was waiting once at the Met stage
door after a Macbeth. Out comes this
big guy who looked at me and asked,
"Are you Charlie Handelman?" I said
"Yes." He gave me a big hug and
said,"You are more famous than
me!" What a fun guy!!!!!!!!!!
Joe and I have discussed a kind of
"old-fashioned vibrato," which to
me is "affectionate."
VERY few opera singers can sing popular music. Farrell did it pretty well and many male singers do it well, but the DIVAS have trouble. I guess the breaks in the voice make it more difficult...but Dorothy Kirsten mastered the crossover, compared to the ludicrous Fleming or L.Price.
Corelli had more vibrato young (DelMonaco called him a "goat) but these commercial discs still tel us of the man's greatness.
I saw him 40 times.Yes,he could be a pain...but generally speaking,he raised the roof!!!!!!!!!!
I have friends who knew him well,and they tell me how sweet he was and so concerned about his artistry.