8 July 2012
I have many recordings by Kathleen Ferrier (22 April 1912 – 8 October 1953) , who was definitely my singing role-model when I was studying. It is so sad that she had to die when she was at the vocal zenith of her remarkable career. I sang Father of Heav’n for my ATCL exam.
19 May 2012
I was saddened to learn of the death of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (28 May 1925 – 18 May 2012) yesterday. Not only did he have a great voice, but he was blessed with profound musical intelligence and insight into the lieder he performed so well. May he rest in peace.
Derek Hammond-Stroud (10 January 1926 – 14 May 2012) with some of the participants in his Art of Songcourse at Canford Summer School, Dorset (1967.). I am standing behind him with the band in my hair.
I was very sorry to hear of the death of baritone Derek Hammond-Stroud in the obituary column of the Telegraph today. Apparently he died on 14 May and the obituary has only appeared now. In 1967 I attended The Art of Song course at Canford and Derek Hammond-Stroud was our course leader. He had a beautiful voice and I remember him singing The Earl King (Schubert) to the participants in his course. May he rest in peace.
29 September 2011
I was most interested to read in the Australian based Limelight magazine that Placido Domingo had signed an exclusive record contract with Sony at the age of 70. I made the following comment on the matter:
This is excellent news. I hope that Placido Domingo will have a chance to record as much of the baritone operatic repertoire as possible while his voice is still in good shape. It is rare for a tenor to change to baritone at this late stage of his career, but Domingo always had a baritonal quality in his tenor voice, so I am delighted that he is able to carry on his stellar singing career at a time when most singers have retired.