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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 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

The Art of Rosa Ponselle, part 1

11/25/2017
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She was one of the finest soprano voices our country has produced. Amazingly she came out of vaudeville, had never sung an opera yet made her debut at the MET with Enrico Caruso in an opera she had never even heard of. A story that must be told! The post The Art of Rosa Ponselle, part 1 appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:31

Lyric Opera’s The Pearl Fishers

11/18/2017
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Longtime audience favorite, the Pearl Fishers’ duet will be sung by Jerry Hadley and Thomas Hampson. Other selections from Bizet’s opera are sung by Janine Micheau, Enrico Caruso and Placido Domingo. The post Lyric Opera’s The Pearl Fishers appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:25:58

Lyric Opera’s Die Walkure

11/11/2017
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Jon Vickers and Gre Brouwenstijn reprise their 1960 Lyric Opera debut roles in Act I of Die Walkure which coincides with this second opera of Wagner’s Ring Cycle currently being presented by Lyric. The post Lyric Opera’s Die Walkure appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:47

A Cole Porter Program

10/21/2017
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The legendary Broadway composer well served in recordings made famous by his contemporaries Fred Astaire, Mary Martin, Artie Shaw and Ella Fitzgerald. Mr. Porter will also accompany himself in one of his songs. The post A Cole Porter Program appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:27:49

Lyric Opera’s Rigoletto

10/14/2017
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The Court Jester returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago. Highlights will be heard by Daniela Dessi, Carlo Bergonzi, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau and Renata Scotto. Rigoletto’s solo scene will be sung by the great Verdi baritone Leonard Warren. The post Lyric Opera’s Rigoletto appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:34

Lyric Opera’s Orphée et Eurydice

9/30/2017
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This opera’s justly famous aria “J’ai perdu mon Euridice” in French or “Che faro senza Euridice” in Italian is heard by soprano Maria Callas, tenor Juan Diego Florez, mezzo‐soprano Rita Gorr, flautist James Galway and contralto Kathleen Ferrier. The post Lyric Opera’s Orphée et Eurydice appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:26:35

Inge Borkh at 100

9/23/2017
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German soprano Inge Borkh turned 100 earlier this year. Larry celebrates her centenary with “In questa reggia” from Puccini’s Turandot and the “Final Scene” from Richard Strauss’ Salome. The post Inge Borkh at 100 appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:26:55

Maria Callas ‐ Gone Now For Forty Years Today

9/16/2017
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Gone but hardly forgotten after four decades, La Divina is heard in arias that recall her unique artistry. Besides La Vestale, Norma and Tosca we hear Callas accompanying herself in her final recording, “Ah, Perfido!” by Beethoven.

Duration:00:29:31

Vivaldi’s Magnificat

9/9/2017
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Sacred music is heard in a program consisting of the Magnificat by Antonio Vivaldi. Riccardo Muti conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus with soloists Teresa Berganza and Lucia Valentini Terrani.

Duration:00:23:56

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