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Arias and Songs celebrates great singers of the past and present, from Maria Callas and Jussi Bjoerling to Renee 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 special attention to local performance as well.

Arias and Songs celebrates great singers of the past and present, from Maria Callas and Jussi Bjoerling to Renee 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 special attention to local performance as well.
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Chicago, IL

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Arias and Songs celebrates great singers of the past and present, from Maria Callas and Jussi Bjoerling to Renee 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 special attention to local performance as well.

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English

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5400 N St. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625-4698 (773) 279-2020


Episodes

The Art of Ettore Bastianini

12/15/2018
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Larry explores the all too brief life and career of this superb Italian baritone. He will be heard in some of his greatest roles from Don Carlo, La bohème, Andrea Chénier, and La Traviata. The post The Art of Ettore Bastianini appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:42

For the Children

12/8/2018
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The holiday season is always about children and the child that lives within us. We will hear lullabies by Kathleen Battle, Boris Christoff, Marilyn Horne, and Ian Bostridge. The prayer from Hänsel und Gretel is sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Elisabeth Grümmer. The Vienna Boys Choir sing a chorus from Bizet’s Carmen as well. The post For the Children appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:04

Remembering Montserrat Caballé

12/1/2018
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Larry offers a one‐hour memorial tribute beginning at 4pm to one of the most outstanding voices of our time. This master of legato and pianissimo will be heard in prominent roles from Norma, Aida, Louise, and La Traviata as well as selections from Spanish zarzuelas. The post Remembering Montserrat Caballé appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:57:33

Puccini, Puccini, Puccini

11/24/2018
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Truly a feast for Puccini fans. It would be enough just hearing Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann in La rondine or Victoria de los Ángeles and Jussi Björling singing the love duet from Madama Butterfly. There’s more as well sung by Licia Albanese, Franco Corelli and Maria Callas. The post Puccini, Puccini, Puccini appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:06

Heroes and Heroines in Opera

11/17/2018
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Wagner’s Valkyries bring slain heroes to Valhalla. Christa Ludwig is Fidelio who does whatever is necessary to save her husband. Enrico Caruso is the Spanish hero, El Cid, and Jon Vickers as Rhadames leads the Egyptians to victory in Verdi’s Aida. The post Heroes and Heroines in Opera appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:52

Early Twentieth Century Opera in Chicago

11/10/2018
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We go back in time when opera was performed at the Auditorium Theatre from the beginning of the twentieth century to the opening of the Civic Opera House in 1929. Some of the greatest stars of their time will be heard such as Mary Garden, Tito Schipa, Edith Mason, Feodor Chaliapin, Amelita Galli‐Curci and Pol Plançon. The post Early Twentieth Century Opera in Chicago appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:22

Dreams

11/3/2018
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Lost in their dreams are Kirsten Flagstad, Jussi Björling, Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, and more. The post Dreams appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:35

Food for Thought

10/27/2018
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A tasty treat for all! The Robert Shaw Chorale takes us to a clambake, Fanny Brice cooks breakfast, the Crab Man and Strawberry Woman from Porgy and Bess offer food for sale, a little boy named Oliver wants more to eat, and there is a tribute to Julia Child. The post Food for Thought appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:06

The English Songbook

10/20/2018
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A survey of songs by Vaughan Williams, Delius, and Purcell among others; sung by Bryn Terfel, Kathleen Ferrier, Ian Bostridge, Alice Coote, David Daniels, Felicity Lott, Simon Keenlyside, Anne Murray, and more. The post The English Songbook appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:13

Larry’s Favorite Records

10/13/2018
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Once again, Larry shares some of his favorites. Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne sing from Bellini’s Norma. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Rachmaninoff. Sondra Radvanovsky is heard in an aria by Dvořák and Jussi Björling sings a song by Tosti. The post Larry’s Favorite Records appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:39

Six American Sopranos

10/6/2018
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Six sopranos from the past and present are heard. They are Eileen Farrell, Edith Mason, Christine Brewer, Kitty Carlisle, Renée Fleming and Eleanor Steber. The post Six American Sopranos appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:39

Plácido Domingo’s 50th Anniversary at the Met

9/29/2018
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His seemingly never‐ending career is highlighted with selections from Otello, Don Carlo, and Adriana Lecouvreur, which was his debut role. His native Spain is recalled with a song from a zarzuela. The post Plácido Domingo’s 50th Anniversary at the Met appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:14

Kirsten Flagstad Sings Wagner

9/22/2018
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Long acknowledged as one the greatest Wagnerian voices of the twentieth century, the Norwegian soprano will be heard in Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung. The post Kirsten Flagstad Sings Wagner appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:16

Opera Singers of Spain

9/15/2018
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Larry presents seven Spanish singers in opera and song. They are Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Teresa Berganza, Alfredo Kraus, Victoria de los Ángeles, Plácido Domingo, and Conchita Supervía. The post Opera Singers of Spain appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:01

Two Courtesans, Two Queens, and a Princess

9/8/2018
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Five women with, shall we say, unusual professions. Working hard are Renata Scotto, Shirley Verrett, Hermione Gingold, Rita Streich and Joyce DiDonato. The post Two Courtesans, Two Queens, and a Princess appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:24

Play Gypsy, Dance Gypsy

9/1/2018
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Gypsies have long been a favorite topic for composers. Hear delightful and melodic songs and arias sung by Leontyne Price, Conchita Supervia, Fritz Wunderlich, Angela Gheorghiu, Renata Tebaldi and more. The post Play Gypsy, Dance Gypsy appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:58

Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday Tribute

8/25/2018
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Larry explores the life of this endlessly fascinating musician. You will hear him as a conductor, composer, and accompanist. The program features him conducting Maria Callas at La Scala and Marilyn Horne at the Metropolitan Opera, to selections from his various Broadway musicals – which certainly includes West Side Story! The post Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday Tribute appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:54:57

One Theme, Multiple Operas

8/18/2018
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Two La bohèmes, two Fausts and two Manons are heard in this program. Sorting out the differences are Renée Fleming, Nicolai Gedda, Victoria de los Ángeles, Anna Netrebko, Boris Christoff, Anna Moffo and Angela Gheorghiu. The post One Theme, Multiple Operas appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:59

Silence, Please!

8/11/2018
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Two operatic calls for silence. One by Rita Gorr in Verdi’s Aida with Leontyne Price. The other for the finale of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger with Ben Heppner, José van Dam and more with the Chicago Symphony led by Sir Georg Solti. The post Silence, Please! appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:00

Scenes from Russian Opera

8/4/2018
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Dmitri Hvorostovsky and supporting cast give us a scene from Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Then the duet between Marina and Dmitri from Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is sung by Evelyn Lear and Nicolai Gedda. The post Scenes from Russian Opera appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:14