Arias and Songs
Money Makes The World Go Round02/28/15
Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey seem to think so as well as Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Eileen Farrell and Nicolai Gedda among others.
First The Music Then The Words
A song is preceded by a non-vocal version to prolong the enjoyment of a lovely melody. Hear this theme explored once again on Arias & Songs with Jonas Kaufmann and James Galway, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Fritz Kreisler and also Michel Dens and Alexis...
A Program For Valentine’s Day
If you are in love, have been, or would like to be then spend part of Valentine’s Day with songs of love and romance sung by Thomas Hampson, Anna Moffo, Simon Keenlyside, Victoria de los Angeles, Robert Goulet, Anne Sophie Von Otter, and others.
Lyric Opera’s Tannhauser
Wagner’s Tannhauser is a welcome addition to Lyric Opera’s current season. Larry will offer selections sung by Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchior, Birgit Nilsson and Bryn Terfel.
A Franz Schubert Program
No need to send a card. All you have to do is immerse yourself in melody to celebrate Franz Schubert’s 217th birthday today. Singing at the party will be Fritz Wunderlich, Janet Baker, Ian Bostridge, Marian Anderson, Vanni-Marcoux and Elisabeth...
Lyric Opera’s Tosca
Puccini’s tale of murder, revenge, lust and suicide comes once more to Lyric Opera. Treat yourself to high drama with Leontyne Price, Giuseppe di Stefano, Giuseppe Taddei and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra conducted by Herbert Von Karajan.
Gazing at the Stars
“Star light, Star bright” goes the rhyme and is the theme for this program. Stargazers include Placido Domingo, Marian Anderson, David Daniels, Nat King Cole and more.
Singers Born 100 Years Ago in 1915
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, pictured Today we turn back the clock to 1915 to note artists born one hundred years ago. From the world of opera Larry offers recordings by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Eleanor Steber and Mario del Monaco. Then from popular music...
An Operetta Program for the New Year
Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy Uncork the champagne, toss the confetti and blow your horns as we welcome 2015 with a program of American operetta that is sure to delight the ear as well as the heart. Singers include Joan Sutherland, Mario Lanza,...
Hail And Farewell
Let us remember some of the artists who passed away in 2014. Larry will offer recordings by conductors Loren Maazel, Antonio Pappano and Julius Rudel as well as singers John Shirley Quirk and Christina Deutekom.
A Program for the Holidays
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...
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