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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

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

Remembering Franz Schubert

1/27/2018
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Larry presents a program for Schubert’s Birthday. Celebrants include Jesse Norman, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Benita Valente and Ian Bostridge. The post Remembering Franz Schubert appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:25:39

A Coloratura Spectacular

1/20/2018
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Vocal pyrotechnics abound with high Cs, trills and singing techniques that leave you breathless. At their best are Joan Sutherland, Alfred Deller, Lucia Popp, Sigrid Onegin and Magda Olivero. The post A Coloratura Spectacular appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:25:49

Remembering Dimitri Hvorostovky

1/13/2018
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Larry will offer a tribute to the late Russian baritone who passed away in November, 2017. The post Remembering Dimitri Hvorostovky appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:43

Highlights from Lerner & Loewe Musicals

1/5/2018
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Picture: Stanley Holloway (center) as Alfred P. Doolittle from the Broadway presentation of My Fair Lady. Selections from three highly successful Broadway musicals by Lerner & Loewe bring in the New Year. Julie Andrews, Richard Burton, Robert Goulet, Stanley Holloway and more will be heard in Brigadoon, My Fair Lady and Camelot. The post Highlights from Lerner & Loewe Musicals appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:36

New Year’s Eve in Vienna

12/30/2017
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The champagne will flow as Anna Moffo, Thomas Hampson and Jerry Hadley sing Johann Strauss. Simon Keenlyside honors Franz Lehar. Andre Rieu plays the theme from the film The Third Man and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf salutes Vienna, the city of dreams. The post New Year’s Eve in Vienna appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:14

A Program for the Holidays

12/23/2017
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Larry offers four settings of the Ave Maria sung by Leontyne Price, Jeanette MacDonald, and Carol Vaness. Paul Robeson will sing two carols recalling the Nativity. The post A Program for the Holidays appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:02

Two Sleepwalkers

12/16/2017
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“Out, out damned spot” sings Leontyne Price as Lady Macbeth as she sleepwalks with blood on her hands. Maria Callas as Amina in La Sonnambula awakes from her nocturnal rambling to find that love conquers all. The post Two Sleepwalkers appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:08

Lyric Opera’s Turandot

12/9/2017
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Another Prince tries his luck hoping to solve Turandot’s three riddles as Puccini’s masterpiece returns to Lyric Opera. Hear spectacular excerpts sung by Jussi Bjoerling, Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Jonas Kaufman and Joan Sutherland. The post Lyric Opera’s Turandot appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:41

The Art of Rosa Ponselle, part 2

12/2/2017
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An exploration of the life and art of this American diva continues noting the glory years at the MET when she became one of the greatest Norma’s of the twentieth century. She then surprises her public and retires at age forty never to sing on stage again. The post The Art of Rosa Ponselle, part 2 appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:30

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