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With Mexican soprano Beatriz Aznar
This is a icture of me when, I was givng an informal recital at the home of wonderful friends of mine
This was a grand concert, which included Opera Arias and show tunes like Be my love and quite a few other ones
this is where I love and enjoy teaching Voice, newcomers to singing young and upward, absolutely no age limit.
Burned out voices, vocal problems, If you the student has the patience to bare through tedious scales and excercises, no time limit because that is very individualistic. I will be there for you to guide you.
and I went to the Boston Conservatory and performed in an Opera together. We just caught up after all these years.
Turns out that she is good friends with a singer I sang with in Faust, I sang the role of Valentine.
Ruth went on to win innumerable beauty contests. It is fantastic chatting with her.
This great city I grew up in, lots of grand memories and innumerable concerts and recitals. The great lady I was engaged to was a fantastic coloratura soprano by the name of Marianne Blok. I will post some of her arias on here.
Linda has been my surrogate daughter for way over 20 years. She came for Voice lessons and we talked, exchanging things from our past. We bonded and then one day she asked if it would be silly to call me Dad. I told her, if I had a daughter I would love here to be like her and now we have been father and daughter for a very long tme.
This picture was taken at my wedding number two another disaster after number one. It would have been so much better if I had remained single.
Sailing in Friesland the Netherlands with my cousin Jans.
Music in this Opera s outstanding, powerful and extremely exciting.
My daughter is an extremely busy woman and the moments we do get together are oh so very precious to me.
Just having performed the King in the King and I, getting ready to do Black Joe in Showboat. Both shows I enormously enjoyed.
Dreaming of a future as an Opera singer which was more difficult then I had ever anticipated. Had to deal with reverse discrimination and boy did that hurt. I considered myself a micro mini minority only problem was born white and mostly taken for German. Q@A will be fine and accepted.
John has been my best friend for almost 18 years and roommates for almost 17 He is a down to earth, extremely honest man.
Working a regular job every day and working on my voice, attending Opera workshop. Since I worked the night shift , only had three hours sleep, everyone always would say, James you are flat.
During performances I would interpolate High G's and A flats, bad vibes from fellow singers.
This love lady I dated for over 5 years. we met during my performances of Black Joe in Showboat
Amsterdam is a very unusuak city, lots of Musea, Night life, excitimg is an excellent word to describe it all.
In the Opera les Troyens by H Berlioz, with Opera company of Boston under the baton of Sarah Caldwell
Linda took some lessons with me and we soon bonded, she told me about her hard and tragic past and I about mine. One evening she came in for a lesson and asked me if it would be silly if she were to call me dad. Her own dad had gone but noone knew where. I said Linda If I had a daughter, I would want just like you, so we have been Father and Daughter now for way over twenty years. I love her like my own
As a Tryoen
In the same Opera as the Roman
It was a dream of a role, a real throne from Siam was brought in and I was the only one allowed to sit on it. Totally bald and tanned I was ideal for the role. It run with every night a full house. I had never thought of doing the King and wow was I glad to be able to have it on my resume.
Betsy Kemps, was a singer of Lieder and old songs, most people had forgotten. A voice in Dallas for many years, mother of my dearest friend Mary one of the few people I can talk about Opera and singing a treat for me. Betsy lived into her mid ninetees, strong, extremely knowledgable
. It was an honor for me to have known this fiesty and wonderful woman.
Louise, micknamed Loekie were students at the Sweelinc Conservatory in Amsterdam, she piano and I voice. After immigrating to the USA, we had a chance to go back and visit the Netherlands. Loekie and I met again, got engaged. She came to me supposedly to get married however my mother had different ideas. Loekie and I are still in touch and chat occasionally. I am glad we are good friends.
Here I am with Mother and a former girlfriend. It was a good leave from the ARMY.
Mary and I met way over twenty five years ago. We both are Opera lovers and had many deep and interesting conversations about that fantastic Art form. Her husband was a fine gentleman, we do miss him a lot. We try to have coffee and good conversations as often time permits.
To me the absolute unrqualed singer so far in Operatic history. It his the way she is able to interpret a word, line, phrase
To me the best tenor without a label like lyric, dramatic or? He sings everything well. In the olden days singers were not labeled and then someone started that crap. So I am very impressed with this Jonas Kaufmann and I have lots of questions for him.
For me he was the greatest and most exciting Bariton ever, I would talk of his head, oh so to many questions.
Marianne was often called the Beverly Sills of the Netherlands. Being the best coloratura living in Amsterdam the opera house always got people from other countries. Small of stature, with a voice that soared into an Opera house with ease and beauty. I so enjoyed singing with her on many an occasion. We we re engaged to be married buth our families were not to happy with that possibility. My mother was the who ruined it all but that is all behind us now.
What is done and can not be undone.
Gedane zaken doen geen ommekeer.
This was taken at a dinner with a student of mine. She had the audacity to tell me at her very first lesson that she knew excactly why my wife had divorced me, thinking what a rude woman. She had many jobs and always was fired. The last one she told me that she the CEO he was doing a not to very good job. She was shown the door.
This was taken a long time ago when I had done a concert in Dallas
My fondnes of this singer is number one, she was gutsy but mostly she was the favorite mezzo soprano of my old Dutch friend Dick Sloos and boy do I miss him and his wife Sue
Just had to add this beautiful painting of this amazing singer.
This sweet dog according my exwife was getting to be vicious. Sick part, her dog was allowed to travel in the car but not Velvet. I checked with a veteranarian, he told me that Dobies could turn violent. I had to put her to sleep and my new wife and I went to eat lunch at a Chinese place.
I sighed and she , what is wrong and my answer was, if I had known getting married would mean I had to get rid of my dog and she had the audacity yes crude audacity.
well that means you don't really love me.
I actually disliked her from that moment on. She even treated my cats not very nicely because they were mine and not hers. When I got a Rotweiler, bartered with a vet student, she lessons in singing and I would get the dog. My exwife took a week so called maternity leave of from work while I was teaching in San Antonio. Well guess what, now the dog was hers and no longer looked at me. Men make sure the woman is worth a marriage, this one was NOT.
I think a little honesty about personal feelings and happenings is allowed, please tell me if you do not agree and I will remove this immediately