Pubblicato in 'Sorrisi e Canzoni TV' Nr. 22 - Maggio 2002
(Published in Italian TV magazine 'Sorrisi e Canzoni')
Perhaps, through web sites like this and word of mouth, Mr. Verso will someday receive the fame and accolades due him. Certainly those who hear these recordings will not soon forget them.
|Hello there, Michael and the Great man himself, Michelangelo. I have
listened to the CDs that you so kindly sent me, several times today, and
the singing is absolutely superb, when I listened to the Recital,Teatro
Bellas Artes, Mexico, Caro Mio Ben, and Vaghissima Sembianza,
I can truly and honestly say that I had goose bumps on my arms, the feeling and emotion that was put into the singing was tremendous, BRAVO,BRAVO.
And of course all the other songs etc were very thrilling and equally enjoyable and sung with such gusto, and they gave the feeling and enjoyment that your Dad felt as he was singing them,
Oh to have been in one of those concerts almost 50 years ago, to hear your dear father sing his heart out!!
Alas those pure silver notes are not all lost forever, with your help they have been preserved for generations to come.
And I thank you for sharing with me the wealth of Bel canto which your Dad has bestowed upon us. Today has been a very happy day for me, I was more excited than when I received the CARUSO2000 CD!!! simply because it was more of a personal nature.
My little three year old grandson was listening to the CDs with me and he was trying to mimic the singing, and when one song stopped he would shout" sing more," it was quite funny to see a young child like him listen to classical music/singing, lets us hope he has been given a gift of a voice, he certainly has shown a liking for music from an early age, I can only but encourage him. I think you will be quite surprised when you hear the CARUSO 2000 CD they really have made a very good job on the recording, no scratches or surface noise, just think, any day now your copy will arrive.
Thank you both, for making a wonderful day for me today,
|Actually we found the site quite by accident.
We were trying to remember who the current MISS MEXICO was.
So, we did a search on ALTAVISTA for MISS MEXICO.
When we did this, somehow, the photo of your dad and an old MISS MEXICO showed up.
Then, we got deeper in to your website, which proved very, very nice!
Then someone said, I remember him in MEXICO when I was still I young man.
This person is now in his seventies.
Well then we went thru the discography I we stumbled on MEXICO LINDO y QUERIDO and I have to tell you the group of people who heard it actually CRIED! it was so well sung!!
The first comment was (and I hope you speak enough Spanish to understand this) was "QUE PULMONES tan BARBAROS" and the speakers I was using were not that great.
BUT the voice was still majestic. These people that remember him are not great or famous.
They are perhaps upper middle class Mexicans who suddenly remember hearing your dads voice and suddenly remembered their youth!!
I have to say it again "QUE PULMONES tan TREMENDOS"
Please tell him that the internet carries on the beautiful, simple, and great days of the 1950's.
They (we) all agree on one thing, we have never, never, ever heard ANYONE sing MEXICO LINDO better than your DAD, Better than Any MEXIican ever has!! (HA! HA!)
Please give him our best, and if you ever can, add some more music to your WEBSITE.
PS, I wonder how the MISS MEXICO he was photographed with on your WEBSITE looks like now ?? (WINK WINK) "as we say in Mexico, "Cuidado con los Ano's"
Please send some EMAIL when you can, and I will pass it on to friends relatives in MEXICO!!
Again, BRAVO on singing MEXICO LINDO, perhaps someone can get the radio stations in MONTERREY to play it! The public would love it!
|Dear Michael & Michelangelo
I listened first to the Early live classical recordings and I was reduced to stunned speechlessness after listening to your dad sing some of the great arias from the operatic repertory.
Never have I heard such a tremendous outpouring of emotionally charged singing coming from a human throat.
All the heart rending grief, rage, anger, feelings of anguish and frustration came pouring forth unstintingly in wave after wave of resplendent golden tones in arias like vesti la giubba, e lucevan le stelle, lamento di federico and addio alla madre.
It was as if your dad sang every note as if his very life depended on it.
Alternating the most exquisite pianos and floating passages like wisps of tender melancholic strands of sound with towering fortes brilliantly augmented by powerful squillo to increase dramatic thrust and heighten histrionic impact, this is what real singing is all about.
Time and again, your dad sings with such incredible abandon and with all the animalistic fury coupled with the most amazing sensitivity of the true hot blooded Italian tenor.
Even in non-operatic fare like non ti scordar di me, ti voglio tanto bene, caro mio ben, core'ngrato, la spagnola and the others, he adds vibrant colors to his voice and shades and sculpts his phrasing in a myriad of ways to produce different and varied emotional effects.
Your dad is able to generate enormous levels of excitement in his singing because not only does he live and breathe each character he sings, he is also totally fearless in exploring and conquering the outer reaches of the human expressive mechanism in the realization of his goals.
Your dad's voice is truly ravishing in the lower and middle registers, reminding one of the warmth and radiance of Mediterranean sunshine, and absolutely gleaming and effulgent at the top.
This combination together with his personality, overflowing with warmth and generosity, created performances exploding with ardour and fervency, and his characterizations pulsate with an energy that is simply astonishing.
I greatly enjoyed listening to your dad's later recordings as well.
Even at an advanced age he still demonstrates remarkable feeling and artistry, and his timbre remains very beautiful.
His high notes are sung with the penetrating focus of a laser beam, and are the envy of many singers half his age.
I was jolted out of my seat when I listened to the Esultate!
That would have been an amazing rendition for a young tenor in his prime.
For someone who is 80 years old, just astounding!
Your dad was also able to handle the treacherous and meandering highs and lows of Dio mi potevi scaliar with considerable aplomb and expressive power. Di quella pira was sung with great spiritedness and as the rousing cabaletta that it is.
In Ah! Non mi ridestar, your dad displays his still very impressive high notes and in Oh tu che in seno agli Angeli his incisive and masterful phrasing and powerful emotional delivery makes a deep and lasting impression in one's mind.
L'Alba separa dall luce l'ombra is an aria I've never heard before but it is sung brilliantly by your dad and has become one of my favorite renditions.
I could go on and on but this e-mail will become far too long.
There are just so many selections and everyone was a joy to listen to.
My admiration for your dad has grown even more.
Please tell your dad I thank him from the bottom of my heart for having bestowed upon me such an honor and privilege to be called his friend.
And thank you so very much Michael for your kindness and understanding in making sure I am able to receive these magnificent recordings of your dad's voice.
I wish you both the very best that life has to offer.
With my deepest respect & admiration
Author and webmaster: Michelangelo Verso Jr.
last updated on 06/08/2015