The American baritone Cornell MacNeil died on July 15, he was 88. He was best known for his many Verdi roles. From 1959 to 1987, he sang 26 roles in more than 600 appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, including more than 100 performances of Rigoletto. In a 2007 interview James Levine commented: The larger and more complex the part, the better he was: Boccanegra, … [Read more...] about American baritone Cornell MacNeil dies at 88
The great Italian ballet star Carla Fracci arrived at the opening of La Traviata at the Carlo Felice theatre in Genoa. Art and culture cannot die. We must do everything possible to help this theatre and the culture which nourishes mankind." This Traviata marks the reopening of Genoa's beautiful modern theatre after closures brought about by government cut-backs and, according … [Read more...] about Carla Fracci gives her benediction at the re-opening of the Carlo Felice theatre in Genoa.