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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

Tenors, Tenors, Tenors

7/28/2018
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And what tenors they are! From today and yesteryear we hear Jonas Kaufmann, José Carreras, Fritz Wunderlich, Ian Bostridge, Jussi Björling, George Thill, and Juan Diego Flórez. The post Tenors, Tenors, Tenors appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:24

The Art of Renata Tebaldi

7/21/2018
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Conductor Arturo Toscanini said she had the voice of an angel. Judge for yourself as Tebaldi sings arias from Italian operas and a song by Rossini. The post The Art of Renata Tebaldi appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:55

A Program for Gay Pride Weekend

6/23/2018
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In this special one-hour tribute to the LGBTQ community, we give recognition to various composers including Tchaikovsky, Copland, and Menotti. You’ll also hear an aria from the 2017 opera Fellow Travelers, about two men who meet in McCarthy-era Washington. We nod to Broadway with Jerry Herman’s La Cage aux Folles and the film version of Victor/Victoria. The post A Program for Gay Pride Weekend appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:53:19

Solti conducts Strauss

6/16/2018
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Solti distinguished himself as a notable Strauss interpreter in the world of opera and as conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Selections will be heard from Arabella, Der Rosenkavalier and Ariadne auf Naxos. Singers include Régine Crespin, Leontyne Price, Yvonne Minton, Helen Donath, Lisa Della Casa, and Hilde Gueden. The post Solti conducts Strauss appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:26:43

Larry’s Favorite Recordings

6/9/2018
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Often asked for his personal favorites, Larry shares a few choices sung by Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Bidu Sayao, Alfredo Kraus, and Leontyne Price. The post Larry’s Favorite Recordings appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:27

Birgit Nilsson’s One Hundredth Birthday Anniversary

5/19/2018
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This Swedish soprano was without doubt one of the greatest interpreters of Wagner and Strauss in the twentieth century. The highlight will be the Final Scene from Salome along with an aria from Lohengrin and a song by Sibelius. The post Birgit Nilsson’s One Hundredth Birthday Anniversary appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:21

Coffee, Tea, Beer, or Wine?

5/12/2018
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The bar is open. It’s your choice and served by Jerry Hadley, Joan Morris, Carlo Bergonzi, Ella Fitzgerald and more. The post Coffee, Tea, Beer, or Wine? appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:16

The Merry Month of May

5/5/2018
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May is the theme with folk songs, Broadway selections, and operetta as sung by Julie Andrews, Robert White, Anna Moffo, Sergio Franchi, and Lawrence Tibbett. The post The Merry Month of May appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:07

A One Hundredth Birthday Anniversary Tribute to Astrid Varnay

4/28/2018
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This Swedish‐American soprano and one the finest Wagnerian interpreters of the twentieth century will be heard in two of her finest roles. First we hear Dich teure Halle from Tannhauser then the Immolation Scene from Gotterdammerung. The post A One Hundredth Birthday Anniversary Tribute to Astrid Varnay appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:06

French Operas Duets

4/21/2018
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It is all things French today with three magnificent duets. They are the Flower Duet from Lakme with Mady Mesple and Danielle Millet, the Pearl Fishers Duet with Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tezier, and the St. Sulpice Scene from Manon with Anna Moffo and Flaviano Labo. The post French Operas Duets appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:26:38

First the Music, Then the Words

4/14/2018
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Larry explores this theme once again with a non‐vocal version of a familiar melody followed by a vocal one. Artists include Giuseppe De Stefano, Morton Gould and His Orchestra, Fred Astaire, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Joan Morris, William Bolcum, Mischa Maisky, and Mario Lanza. The post First the Music, Then the Words appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:32

Can There Ever Be Enough Mozart?

4/7/2018
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Certainly NOT! Delighting the heart and soul are selections from six Mozart operas. Artists include Fredericka Von Stade, Teresa Berganza, Gottlob Frick, Pilar Lorengar, Gabriel Bacquier, Lucia Popp and Edita Gruberova. A must hear indeed for Mozart fans. The post Can There Ever Be Enough Mozart? appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:47

A Program Sung in Latin

3/31/2018
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Selections will be heard from religious works by Charpantier, Rossini, Verdi and Bruckner as well as Orff’s Carmina Burana and a choral work from the film The Lion in Winter. Among the various artists will be Cecilia Bartoli, Luba Orgaosova and Jussi Bjoerling. The post A Program Sung in Latin appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:12

Here Comes the Sun

3/24/2018
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Here is a program filled with sunshine for a March day. Franco Corelli sings O sole mio plus arias from Rigoletto, Romeo and Juliet and May Night. Also spreading sunshine are Karita Mattila, Piotr Beczala, Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi and Nicolai Gedda. The post Here Comes the Sun appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:31

Songs of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

3/17/2018
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A program of heartfelt and passionate songs by two of Russia’s finest composers. The recordings are by Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Anna Netrebko, Galina Vishnevskaya, Nicolai Gedda, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Boris Christoff and Eileen Farrell. The post Songs of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:13

Lyric Opera’s Faust

3/10/2018
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The bill comes due and the devil gets Faust’s soul in this program of highlights from Gounod’s opera. Caught in the devil’s trap are Victoria de los Angeles, Alfredo Kraus, Joan Sutherland, Boris Christoff, Franco Corelli, and Nicoli Ghiaurov. The post Lyric Opera’s Faust appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:26

Lyric Opera’s I Puritani

3/3/2018
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Larry offers highlights from this rarely heard Bellini masterpiece. Bel canto specialists include Maria Callas, Montserrat Caballe, Franco Corelli and Giuseppe Di Stefano. The post Lyric Opera’s I Puritani appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:27

Arias & Songs Goes to the Movies

2/24/2018
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Larry explores the first decade of movies with sound, the “talkies,” beginning with The Blue Angel from Germany in 1929 starring Marlene Dietrich to Judy Garland in 1939 in a song deleted from The Wizard of Oz. Others vocals are by Fred Astaire, Mae West, Bing Crosby, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. The post Arias & Songs Goes to the Movies appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:46

The Art of Paul Robeson

2/10/2018
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Recordings will be heard by this American bass and civil rights activist who openly supported the Spanish Civil War, gave concerts in the Soviet Union and was blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. Among the songs will be spirituals and selections from Jerome Kern’s Showboat in which Robeson sang in the London premiere. The post The Art of Paul Robeson appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:25:31

The Art of Marian Anderson

2/3/2018
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One of America’s great voices, this contralto from Philadelphia endured much discrimination and had to find acceptance in Europe. Eventually she would break the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 opening the door to generations of African American artists. The post The Art of Marian Anderson appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:41