Caruso, Ruffo and Chaliapin

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

George’s early record-collecting hobby paid off handsomely years later for him--and his listeners--when he created The Vocal Scene and was able to share his knowledge of the great voices of the past. George refers to Enrico Caruso, Titta Ruffo and Feodor Chaliapin as the “awesome threesome.” You’ll hear why they were such huge stars a hundred years ago and would be opera headliners in any era.

Program Details

Boito: Mefistofele
“Ave Signor” Feodor Chaliapin
“Dai campi” Enrico Caruso

Giordano: Fedora
“Amor ti vieta” Caruso
“La donna russa” Titta Ruffo

Verdi: Rigoletto
“Questa o quella” Caruso
“Pari siamo!” Ruffo
“Cortigiani, vil razza dannata…Miei signori” Ruffo
“La donna è mobile” Caruso

Rossini: The Barber of Seville
“Largo al factotum” Ruffo
“La calunnia è un venticello” Chaliapin

Verdi: Otello
“Oh! mostruosa colpa!...Sì pel ciel marmoreo giuro” Caruso and Ruffo

Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Prologue “Si può? Si può?” Ruffo
“Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio!…Vesti la giubba” Caruso

Comments [4]

Ruy Silva from Brazil

C'mon people, what's going on? What about the link to download this July 17 program? Cat got your tongues?It's Wednesday already.
Thanks a lot

Jul. 20 2010 07:31 PM


We apologize for the errors. They've been corrected.

Jul. 19 2010 12:18 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

If ever there were 3 extraordinary BIG VOICED and HUGE CHARISMAS singers, it had to be Caruso, Ruffo and Chaliapin. The song with the words "I did it MY WAY" rightly describes their fantastic voices and careers. In singing that era was the "sine qua non", the Renaissance, the Golden Age. Of the selections on today's program, just completed, the most signature worthy, IMHO, were the "Ave Signor" & "La Calunia" (Chaliapin),; the "Pari siamo!" & His duet with Caruso, the "Si pel ciel" (Ruffo); and the "Vesti la giubba" and His singing with Ruffo the Otello duet "Si pel ciel" Those iconic "unico" interpretations, and others like them, should be heard by the youngsters before they get to hear the latest fads. "Immortal Performances" inspire loftier aspirations.

Jul. 17 2010 02:05 PM
Suzanne from New York

PLEASE correct the spelling error in this headline. . . It's "Ruffo." Kind of looks bad for a classical music station to run a typo like this, especially when it's spelled correctly in the rest of the copy. (Incidentally, you've left off the final "o" in "Ruffo" under the feeds at the lower right-hand side.

Jul. 17 2010 07:41 AM

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