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November 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Gorgeous melodies abound as we choose partners for a waltz and hear selections from Franz Lehar’s beloved Merry Widow. Dance partners include Kitty Carlisle, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Nicolai Gedda, Hanny Stefek, Angelika Kirschlager and Simon Keenlyside.
December 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Larry observes the 100th birthday anniversary of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf with recordings from The Marriage of Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier, the Four Last Songs, Der Vogelhandler, a song by Hugo Wolf and a most heartfelt version of Danny Boy.
December 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Salome by Richard Strauss is a tawdry tale of a teenage Princess who comes to a very bad end. Ljuba Wellitsch sings the Final Scene and Fritz Reiner conducts. Also Giulietta Simionato is a spiteful Princess in Adriana Lecouvreur.
December 19, 2015 at 4:30 pm
In the true spirit of Christmas this program offers sacred music of Bach and Handel sung by Peter Pears, Eleanor Steber, Juan Diego Florez and the Robert Shaw Chorale plus Reger’s Maria Wiegenlied sung by Claudia Muzio.
November 21, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Two millennia ago the Roman Empire ruled supreme over much of Europe and the Mediterranean world. This program features the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra in Hasse’s Antonio e Cleopatra. In Roman occupied Gaul a Druid priestess and her Roman lover sing in Bellini’s Norma and Cecilia, an early Christian martyr dies in Licinio Refice’s opera of that name.
October 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Larry will offer vocal selections requested by WFMT listeners and donors who purchased tickets and attended Musicales in his home. Requests will include arias sung Jussi Bjoerling, Renata Scotto, Alfredo Kraus and Beverly Sills in recordings conducted by Riccardo Muti and Arturo Toscanini among others.
October 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm
This dark story of uncontrolled passion, immorality and murder returns once more to Lyric Opera of Chicago. Highlights will be sung by Eileen Farrell and Mack Harrell.
October 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Unforgettable in the music of her native Spain, this great artist was also a superb interpreter of French repertoire. We will also hear selections from Manon, the Songs of the Auvergne, an aria from La Wally as well as Spanish and Brazilian songs she often chose for recitals.