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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 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

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

The Art of Josephine Baker

7/14/2018
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Arriving in France as one of the many Americans in Paris in the 1920s, La Belle Josephine, as she was called, became a national treasure for the French for half a century. The post The Art of Josephine Baker appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:07

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