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Arias and Songs celebrates great singers of the past and present, from Maria Callas and Jussi Björling to Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann. Each week, recording collector and host Larry Johnson spins a wonderful web of opera, operetta, Broadway tunes, art songs—even vintage pop. Expect the unexpected as Larry guides you through the range and nuance of vocal artistry, with some programs tied to local performances, as well.
||CleanLyric Opera’s Turandot||Another Prince tries his luck hoping to solve Turandot’s three riddles as Puccini’s masterpiece returns to Lyric Opera. Hear spectacular excerpts sung by Jussi Bjoerling, Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras,||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Art of Rosa Ponselle, part 2||An exploration of the life and art of this American diva continues noting the glory years at the MET when she became one of the greatest Norma’s of the twentieth century. She then surprises her public and retires at age forty never to sing on stage ag||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Art of Rosa Ponselle, part 1||She was one of the finest soprano voices our country has produced. Amazingly she came out of vaudeville, had never sung an opera yet made her debut at the MET with Enrico Caruso in an opera she had never even heard of. A story that must be told!||11/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLyric Opera’s “The Pearl Fishers”||Longtime audience favorite, the Pearl Fishers’ duet will be sung by Jerry Hadley and Thomas Hampson. Other selections from Bizet’s opera are sung by Janine Micheau, Enrico Caruso and Placido Domingo.||11/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLyric Opera’s “Die Walküre”||Jon Vickers and Gre Brouwenstijn reprise their 1960 Lyric Opera debut roles in Act I of Die Walkure which coincides with this second opera of Wagner’s Ring Cycle currently being presented by Lyric.||11/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Cole Porter Program||The legendary Broadway composer well served in recordings made famous by his contemporaries Fred Astaire, Mary Martin, Artie Shaw and Ella Fitzgerald. Mr. Porter will also accompany himself in one of his songs.||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLyric Opera’s Rigoletto||The Court Jester returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago. Highlights will be heard by Daniela Dessi, Carlo Bergonzi, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau and Renata Scotto. Rigoletto’s solo scene will be sung by the great Verdi baritone Leonard Warren.||10/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLyric Opera’s “Orphée et Eurydice”||This opera’s justly famous aria “J’ai perdu mon Euridice” in French or “Che faro senza Euridice” in Italian is heard by soprano Maria Callas, tenor Juan Diego Florez, mezzo‐soprano Rita Gorr, flautist James Galway and contralto Kathleen Fe||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInge Borkh at 100||German soprano Inge Borkh turned 100 earlier this year. Larry celebrates her centenary with “In questa reggia” from Puccini’s Turandot and the “Final Scene” from Richard Strauss’ Salome.||9/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaria Callas ‐ Gone Now For Forty Years Today||Gone but hardly forgotten after four decades, La Divina is heard in arias that recall her unique artistry. Besides La Vestale, Norma, and Tosca, we hear Callas accompanying herself in her final recording, “Ah, Perfido!” by Beethoven.||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|