Arias and Songs
Remembering Magda Olivero10/18/14
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.
This program is all about baritones. Larry has chosen six recordings by some of the best from the past like Gerard Souzay, Lawrence Tibbett and Robert Merrill and from the present such as Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Bryn Terfel and Thomas Hampson.
There are more boleros than that of Ravel. Larry explores this sensuous Latin dance rhythm with vocal recordings by Maria Callas, Mario Lanza, Anna Moffo, Nicolai Gedda and Cecilia Bartoli.
Songs of Paolo Tosti
A favorite of Queen Victoria, Tosti composed some of the most beautiful songs in the Italian language. Yet he never composed an opera! Hear Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Rosa Ponselle, Beniamino Gigli, Renata Scotto and Jussi Bjoerling in a few...
A program for Father’s Day
Let’s remember Dad but please not with yet another tie. He might appreciate an operatic tribute from such artists as Sherrill Milnes, Neil Shicoff, Felicia Weathers and Robert Merrill.
Richard Strauss at 150
This program observes the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. No need to send a card. Larry celebrates the occasion with Jessye Norman, Jonas Kaufmann, Kiri Te Kanawa, Renee Fleming and others in selections from Der Rosenkavalier, Arabella and Ariadne...
Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries
Larry has a tasty dish in store for all of you. If life can be a bowl of cherries then the bowl overflows with operatic and orchestral selections based on cherries . . . pitted of course.
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