Essays and Interviews

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Articles and essays by Stefan Zucker on singers and singing.

Stefan Zucker's Conversations with Franco Corelli

Articles about Stefan Zucker

Beyond High C, High Technology

A Conversation with Franco Corelli: "Opera Fanatic," March 3, 1990

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Franco Corelli and Stefan Zucker on Opera Fanatic

Conversations with Corelli: "Opera Fanatic," March 3, 1990

Franco Corelli, Jerome Hines, Dodi Protero, Guests

Stefan Zucker, Host

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A Conversation with Franco Corelli: "Opera Fanatic," May 12, 1990

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Franco Corelli and Stefan Zucker on Opera Fanatic

"Opera Fanatic," May 12, 1990
Franco Corelli, guest
Stefan Zucker, Host

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A Conversation with Francisco Araiza: "Opera Fanatic," January 5, 1991

Interview on "Opera Fanatic," January 5, 1991

Francisco Araiza, Guest

Stefan Zucker, Host

Topics Discussed by Francisco and Stefan:

Problems in switching from heavy to light repertory
Problems of tessitura
How Araiza's voice evolved
The roles he gave up

A Conversation with Franco Corelli: "Opera Fanatic," March 30, 1991

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Franco Corelli and Stefan Zucker on Opera Fanatic

Corelli Presents Pertile. "Opera Fanatic," March 30, 1991

Franco Corelli

Stefan Zucker, Host

Note:
The three singers who influenced Corelli most were Del Monaco and Lauri Volpi for emission and Pertile for interpretation. (Franco once told me, "I copied my interpretation of 'Ah sì! ben mio' and the fourth act of Carmen from Pertile." Listening to this program you get to share Franco's perceptions of Pertile's white-hot, pathos-scented and painterly art.

Stefan Zucker discusses Slezak and Schmidt

Stefan Zucker discusses Leo Slezak and Joseph Schmidt in the video clips below.

Giuliani and the Eternal Diva Debate

Jeannie Williams wrote in New York magazine:

"Want to know how Rudy Giuliani really eked out his mayoral victory? He skillfully negotiated for the votes of both the Callas and Tebaldi factions--two groups whose allegiance runs far deeper than any political party.

"Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi were famed rival opera sopranos whose fans still debate hotly. Just before the election, Giuliani heaped knowing praise on both singers while giving the definitive nod to neither.