Sunday Morning Opera: The Greatest – Ever!

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screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-7-59-16-pmTomorrow is the birthday of the greatest baritone of them all, the one who put the hunk in the word baritone and the rest is history. So very often people who deserve great honor and acclaim never survive long enough to enjoy the laurels. The Ted Williams of opera, Sherrill Milnes is a survivor, receiving the attention, praise, and the honors he deserves. As one of his obsessed fans, I am thrilled to watch his successors, and how they treat him. He deserves every bit of attention he now receives. What is even greater is the fact that he has morphed into one of the great operatic teachers, leaving his vision, passing on his style of singing to several generations of younger voices. I was so fortunate to see him – okay, I stalked him – so many times, live, on stage at the Met, and in smaller venues. Like other great singers, he came to know and acknowledge his rabid fans, even if he did refuse to sign additional autographs for me, saying that I had enough to paper my bathroom. I’m in the process of moving. I plan to hang the photos in what will be the guest bath!

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