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Arias and Songs

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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

Happy Endings

3/30/2019
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Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from his Symphony No. 9 is the centerpiece of this program. Herbert Von Karajan conducts. Also heard will be the finale of Verdi’s Falstaff with Bryn Terfel, and of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Shirley Verrett and Anna Moffo. The post Happy Endings appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:58

Operas You Have Never Heard Of

3/23/2019
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Are you familiar with Donizetti’s Rita? How about Meyerbeer’s Emma di Resburgo? Rubinstein’s Néron? Hear these and more operatic rarities sung by Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato, Enrico Caruso, Diana Damrau, and Jonas Kaufmann. The post Operas You Have Never Heard Of appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:25

The Art of Shirley Verrett

3/16/2019
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Larry recalls this superb American mezzo‐soprano in some her greatest Verdi roles including Macbeth, Don Carlo, and Un ballo in maschera. There is also a La Gioconda duet with Montserrat Caballé and a cradle song by Montsalvatge. The post The Art of Shirley Verrett appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:24:58

Shadows and Fog

3/9/2019
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Venture into a twilight world with Natalie Dessay singing the “Shadow Song” from Meyerbeer’s Dinorah. Peter Pears delves into the Foggy, Foggy Dew and Fred Astaire enjoys A Foggy Day in London Town. All alone, Judy Garland offers a heartfelt “Me and My Shadow.” The post Shadows and Fog appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:26:56

All in the Family

3/3/2019
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Close personal and professional relationships are explored. We recall those of Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge; Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich; Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears; and Roberto Alagna and his brothers. The post All in the Family appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:44

First the Music, Then the Words

2/23/2019
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Larry explores this theme once again. Both a vocal and non‐vocal version of familiar music is performed. A Puccini aria, a song about love by Poulenc, and a traditional Welsh song will be heard by Jessye Norman, Jonas Kaufmann, and the King’s Singers. The post First the Music, Then the Words appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:19

A Valentine’s Day Program for Lovers

2/16/2019
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Romance in in the air with duets from Show Boat and West Side Story, plus other love songs. Artists include Celine Dion, Jerry Hadley, Frederica von Stade, Eileen Farrell, Jimmy Durante, George Thill, and more. The post A Valentine’s Day Program for Lovers appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:33

Night Songs

2/9/2019
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As a follow up to last week’s program, “Morning Songs,” Larry ventures into the night with Plácido Domingo, Anna Moffo, Thomas Hampson, Beverly Sills, and Alfredo Kraus singing pieces from Donizetti to Cole Porter. The post Night Songs appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:29

Morning Songs

2/2/2019
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The day begins with the Awakening Scene from Strauss’s The Egyptian Helen, sung by Leontyne Price. The morning continues with Die Meistersinger, The Mikado, Oklahoma!, and much more. Artists include The King’s Singers, René Kollo, Bryn Terfel, and Jonas Kaufmann. The post Morning Songs appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:08

French Arias and Songs

1/26/2019
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Vocal selections with a distinctive French flair will be sung by Victoria de los Ángeles, Luciano Pavarotti, Diana Damrau, José van Dam, and Bryan Hymel. The post French Arias and Songs appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:57

Brünnhilde and Siegfried in Love

1/19/2019
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Happy moments in Wagner? Enjoying it while it lasts are Kirsten Flagstad and Set Svanholm in Siegfried, and Astrid Varnay and Wolfgang Windgassen in Götterdämmerung. If you are a Wagner fan, this program is definitely for you! The post Brünnhilde and Siegfried in Love appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:26:27

Some Singers from Wales

1/12/2019
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Long known for its rich singing tradition, Wales has given us numerous superb artists. Heard today will be Geraint Evans, Margaret Price, Bryn Terfel, Gwyneth Jones, Richard Lewis, and David Lloyd. The post Some Singers from Wales appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:28

American Musical Theater

1/5/2019
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The Overture to Cole Porter’s Anything Goes kicks off 2019. Glynis Johns sings, “Send In the Clowns,” from A Little Night Music, and Bette Midler greets the new year with, “Hello, Dolly!,” amongst much more to be heard in this all-Broadway program. The post American Musical Theater appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:26:19

A Program for New Year’s Eve

12/29/2018
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New Year’s Eve and operetta are an unbeatable combination. Strauss, Lehár, and more are heard by artists who know this genre well. They are Fritz Wunderlich, Brigitte Fassbaender, Nicolai Gedda, Anneliese Rothenberger, Simon Keenlyside, and Erica Köth. Shall we waltz? The post A Program for New Year’s Eve appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:11

A Program for the Holidays

12/22/2018
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The holiday season is upon us! Wishing us joy this year are Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel, Kirsten Flagstad, Fritz Wunderlich, the Choir of Trinity School, and Il Volo. The post A Program for the Holidays appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:37

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