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      Lyric Opera’s The King and I

        “Getting to know you” sings Anna to the children of the King of Siam. You will know them too with musical highlights sung by Julie Andrews and Gertrude Lawrence as Anna and Yul Brynner and Ben Kingsley as the King. Marilyn Horne is heard as well among others. Playlist: Rodgers: The King and I, “March of […]

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      Music Based on Shakespeare

      “If music be the food of love, play on” says Duke Orsino in Act I of Twelfth Night.  Love, death, treachery and more abound in selections based on the Bard as sung by Enrico Caruso, Anna Netrebko, Ian Bostridge, Felicity Lott, Bryn Terfel and more. Playlist: Verdi: Otello   “Si, pel ciel” Enrico Caruso and Titta Ruffo […]

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      April Fool’s Day

      After much extensive research Larry will offer some of the very best of the worst and most hilarious recordings ever made. Along with Anna Russell among others, special emphasis will be given to the woman who was truly a diva in her own mind, Florence Foster Jenkins with commentary by her long suffering accompanist, Cosme McMoon.

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      Seven Versions of “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca

      Let’s have some fun today and play “Guess the Soprano” in multiple versions of this famous operatic aria. All will be revealed as some will be easy to identify and others not at all. Ready for a challenge?

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      The Art of Alfredo Kraus

      While tenors may come and go, overdue attention is paid today to a longtime favorite tenor from the Canary Islands associated for decades with Lyric Opera of Chicago. Hear Kraus in opera and Spanish zarzuela.

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