Arias and Songs
A Program for the Holidays12/21/14
The holiday season is upon us once again. To get you in the spirit Larry offers selections sung by quite a diverse group of artists including Juan Diego Florez, Joan Sutherland, Angela Lansbury, Judy Garland and more!
Lyric Opera’s Anna Bolena
The ax falls once again on Henry VIII’s wife number two in Lyric Opera’s Anna Bolena by Donizetti. Hear the highly dramatic final scene sung by one of the doomed Queens’s greatest interpreters, Beverly Sills.
Joan and Luciano
No need to mention the last names of these superb artists who defined the art of opera for the second half of the twentieth century. Two singers, three duets, who can ask for more?
Lyric Opera’s Porgy and Bess
Lyric Opera takes us for a visit to the inhabitants of Catfish Row. Larry will offer recordings from this much loved Gershwin work which will include members of the original 1935 cast.
Lyric Opera’s 60th Anniversary
This photo of an original 1954 program says it all. Lyric Theatre, soon to be called Lyric Opera of Chicago, opened its doors with a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Today’s program notes that original production but will also emphasize the...
Lyric Opera’s Il Trovatore
Solving the mysteries of the universe, Rubik’s Cube or finding Amelia Earhart pale in comparison to understanding the convoluted plot of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Larry will make an attempt with arias that will be heard in Lyric Opera’s upcoming...
Remembering Magda Olivero
Called the last of the verismo singers, Magda Olivero passed away recently at age 104. A career that began in 1932, then retirement in 1941, a second career beginning in 1951, a MET debut in 1975 as Tosca at age 65, recitals well into the 1970s and...
Lyric Opera’s Capriccio
Two men debate whether the music or the words is more important. What is the answer? Which man will the Countess choose as her lover? How will the opera end? If we hear the Closing Scene from Capriccio as sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf we might find...
Lyric Opera’s Don Giovanni
Lock your doors and windows as that infamous libertine and Bad Boy, Don Giovanno is on the loose once again. Highlights from Mozart's masterpiece will be sung by Leontyne Price, John McCormack, Ezio Pinza, Bidu Sayao, and Dimitri Hvorostovsky.
Remembering Carlo Bergonzi
We will recall the recorded legacy of one of the finest of the post war tenors who easily holds his place with such colleagues as Corelli, Del Monaco, Wunderlich, Bjoerling, and Tucker. Arias and Songs honors this superb artist who passed away at 90...
Lyric Opera’s 1964 Season
Today's program takes a look back fifty years ago to Lyric Opera's 1964 season. The stars came out on those long ago nights and included Renata Tebaldi, Teresa Berganza, Tito Gobbi and Grace Bumby.
Remembering Licia Albanese
SopranoLicia Albanese was a part of American cultural life for seventy five years. Another truly great artist, renowned for her Verdi and Pucciniinterpretations, chosen by none other than Arturo Toscanini for his radio broadcasts, and friend of WFMT’s...
Ladies, Ladies, Ladies
Women have inspired artists of every kind throughout history. Today we have some songs named for six ladies and they are Adelaide, Maria, Phidyle, Lili Marlene, Lolita and Jeannie. A varied group indeed. Listen to this program and let Larry introduce...
Ah! To be a Soldier
ATTENTION!! Today’s program is a lighthearted salute to the military. Don your best military finery along with Juan Diego Florez, Joan Sutherland and others and don’t forget to salute! YES, SIR!!
A Half Hour with Gilbert and Sullivan
Laughter is guaranteed as we sail the ocean blue on the HMS Pinafore, journey to a mythical Japan for The Mikado, row with The Gondoliers and romp with The Pirates of Penzance. Artists include Groucho Marx, Helen Traubel, Geraint Evans, The King’s...
Aspects of Love
Love in various forms is the theme for this program. Be it true, false, blind, lost, fading, all too familiar or only just a memory we can all relate to love. Can you? Larry thinks you can.
First the Music then the Words
Some music just needs to be heard not once but twice. We will hear two arias and a song performed without the words and then sung. Artists include Fritz Kreisler, John Bayless, Morton Gould and his orchestra, Anna Moffo, Gianna D'Angelo and Piotr...
2014 observes some unusual anniversaries including the centenaries of World War I and Wrigley Field. We will also note the 75th anniversaries of World War II and that most beloved of films, The Wizard of Oz.
The Eyes Have It
Whether brown or baby blue there is a considerable amount of music related to the eyes. This ocular program offers recordings by Joan Morris, Rolando Villazon, Marian Anderson, The King’s Singers, Maria Callas, Dimitri Hvorostovsky and Pilar Lorengar....
Let’s open a bottle of wine as we travel to Paris, the city of romance, the city for lovers for songs from a time long vanished. Hear the likes of Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Jean Sablon, Mistinguette and more.
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