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Episode 188. Sarah Reese
March 17, 2023

Greatness expresses itself in different ways. Sometimes in indisputable artistic talents, and other times in profound displays of humanity. And sometimes, as in the case of todays subject, Sarah Rees

Episode 187. Elly Ameling Sings Bach
March 10, 2023

An artist whose singing has been with me throughout my entire life journey is Dutch soprano Elly Ameling, who on February 8 celebrated her 90th birthday. Ameling was most celebrated as a singer of art

Episode 186. Roberta Alexander in Opera
March 03, 2023

Today it is with the utmost excitement that I bring you an episode devoted to one of my favorite singers of all time, soprano Roberta Alexander, who celebrates her birthday today, March 3rd! I remembe

Episode 185. Black Pop Icons auf Deutsch (Black History Month 2023)
February 24, 2023

There are advantages to being ones own boss, and one of those is that when Frau Corona (AKA Madame Covid) comes to visit, one can reshuffle and recalibrate ones plans to fit the exigencies of the mo

Episode 184. Eugene Holmes (Black History Month 2023)
February 16, 2023

Eugene Holmes (1932 2007), baritone supreme, should be remembered as one of the most significant voices of the Twentieth Century and a Black singer on a par with the most revered and celebrated. Tho

Episode 183. Martina Arroyo (Black History Month 2023)
February 10, 2023

Last week on Feburary 2, the beloved African American soprano Martina Arroyo turned 86 years old. Although the Countermelody birthday tribute to Ms. Arroyo is a week late, it is nonetheless profoundly

Episode 182. Dorothy Maynor (Black History Month 2023)
February 03, 2023

I lead off my new episodes for Black History Month 2023 with one of the most glorious voices ever captured on recordings, Dorothy Maynor (03 September 1910 19 February 1996), one of the most gloriou

Episode 181. Nicolai Gedda in Song
January 27, 2023

Todays episode is a special request from one of my most dedicated listeners, and one with which I am happy to comply. It is already seven years this month since the death of the great Swedish tenor N

Episode 180. Anna Moffo Reappraised
January 20, 2023

The Italian-American lyric coloratura soprano Anna Moffo (1932-2006) is, for many, one of the great singers of the past century. My first exposure to this artist was one of two, frankly, disastrous re

Episode 179. The Pop Stylings of Maria Ewing
January 13, 2023

A year ago, as I was preparing my memorial Countermelody episode dedicated to Maria Ewing I was struck anew at just how naturally she had mastered the often messy crossover genre. Perhaps thats bec