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      Noel and Gertie

      We go to London in the 1930s for scenes from Noel Coward’s plays, Private Lives and Red Peppers acted and sung with his frequent stage partner, Gertrude Lawrence. Hear a medley of Coward songs and selections by Ms. Lawrence from The King and I and Lady in the Dark.

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      Lyric Opera’s Carmen

      Bizet’s gypsy temptress is seducing Chicago once again. This program features Leontyne Price and Maria Callas as Carmen, Franco Corelli and Nicolai Gedda as Don Jose, Mirella Freni as Michaela and Tom Krause as the Toreador.

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      Death by Poison

      A favorite device for murder and suicide as Angela Gheorghiu finds out as Juliet along with Montserrat Caballe as Adriana Lecouvreur, Maria Callas as Leonora in Il Trovatore and Joan Sutherland as Suor Angelica. Playlist: Gounod: Romeo et Juliet, “Poison Aria” Angela Gheorghiu with the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse Conducted by Michel Plasson Recorded […]

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      Lyric Opera’s Eugene Onegin

      Selections are heard from Tchaikovsky’s opera based on Pushkin. This story of love misdirected is heard in recordings by Renee Fleming, Joseph Kaiser and Mariusz Kwiecien.

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      A Program For Valentine’s Day

      Cupid’s arrow targets a collection of love songs sung by Anna Moffo, Lauritz Melchior, Jeanette MacDonald, Placido Domingo, Jane Froman and Thomas Hampson.

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      Leontyne Price at 90

      It is not an exaggeration to say that the voice of Leontyne Price is among the very finest that our country has produced. Recordings from her signature roles, a spiritual and her own commentary will be heard as this beloved American diva celebrates her 90th birthday. PLaylist: Puccini: Tosca, “Vissi d’arte” Leontyne Price with the […]

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      Lyric Opera’s Norma

      This is the tale of the Druid priestess, Norma and her lover, Pollione when the Roman Empire occupied Gaul (present-day France). Artists include Angela Gheorghiu, Franco Corelli, Maria Callas and Giulietta Simionato. Playlist: Bellini: Norma, “Meco all’ altar di Venere” Franco Corelli and Piero di Palma The Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan Conducted […]

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      Jussi Bjoerling and Robert Merrill – The Pearl Fisher Duet

      WFMT listeners have long enjoyed this famous tenor-baritone duet. Did you know that Bjoerling and Merrill also recorded other duets at what was a most prolific recording session in 1951? Besides the Pearl Fisher duet we will hear three more from Verdi’s Otello and Don Carlo as well as Puccini’s La Boheme.

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      The Art of Dame Janet Baker

      This famed British mezzo served certain composers particularly well. She will be heard in selections by Ravel, Schubert, Berlioz, Elgar and Mahler.

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      Lyric Opera’s The Magic Flute

      Mozart’s delightful fantasy returns to Lyric. Larry will offer selections sung by Edita Gruberova, Walter Berry, Joan Sutherland, Alexander Kipnis, Gundula Janowitz and more.

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      Operetta Favorites For The New Year

      Open the champagne as selections from German, French and American operetta bring in the New Year. Artists include Montserrat Caballe, Richard Tauber, Sumi Jo, Fritz Wunderlich, Hilde Gueden and more.

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      A Program for the New Year

      Drink, Drink, Drink is the theme for this holiday program. Dame Nellie Melba, recently of Downton Abbey fame, toasts the New Year along with Elaine Stritch noting The Ladies Who Lunch from Company plus drinking songs from La Traviata, Die Fledermaus and more.

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      A Program for the Holidays

      This collection of holiday favorites include the Panis Angelicus sung by Christine Brewer, the Ave Maria by Franco Corelli and a trio from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio sung by Christa Ludwig, Gundula Janowitz and Fritz Wunderlich and more.

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      Happy Birthday Ludwig

      Where does the time go? Beethoven would be 246 years old this month. Celebrants will be Kirsten Flagstad singing the concert aria, Ah! Perfido, Jon Vickers as Florestan in Fidelio and Rosa Ponselle with In Questa Tomba Oscura.

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      In Memoriam

      We say farewell to artists who have passed away in 2016 and especially note the Wagnerian tenor long associated with Lyric Opera, Johan Botha. We also remember Patrice Munsel, Edita Gruberova, Denise Duval and Marni Nixon.

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