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      Lyric Opera’s Orphee et Euriydice

      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.

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      Five Wagnerian Tenors

      Five tenors who are all acclaimed for their Wagner interpretations. Listen and enjoy Lauritz Melchior, Jon Vickers, Jess Thomas, Ben Heppner and Jonas Kaufmann.

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      Music of the American West

      We begin on horseback in the Grand Canyon then on to California for Puccini’s Fanciulla del West. Colorado is next for The Ballad of Baby Doe. We ride the range with cowboys and end up with a salute to Texas.

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      The art of Giulietta Simionato

      Simionato and Callas sang Norma in Lyric Opera’s first season in 1954. Becoming a valued member of the company she sang Carmen, Rosina and Amneris among numerous roles until 1961. A voice that must be heard!

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      From The American Songbook

      This is a program of classic American songs. The traditional Shenandoah, Steven Foster’s Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, the spiritual Deep River, Summertime from Porgy and Bess and others. Singers include Eileen Farrell, the Norman Luboff Choir and Marilyn Horne.

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      First the Music then the Words

      Itzhak Perlman plays the Meditation from Thais followed by the opera’s final scene sung by Dorothy Kirsten and Robert Merrill. Then Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise is performed by the London Symphony led by Andre Previn then sung by Anna Moffo.

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      A Program for Bastille Day

      Let’s celebrate the holiday with a program of French opera and song. A highlight will be the Air de Lia from Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue sung by Victoria de los Angeles. Other artists include Gerard Souzay and Joan Sutherland.

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      Songs by Stephen Sondheim

      Broadway’s master composer and lyricist is heard in his musicals Sweeney Todd, Follies, Into the Woods and Company among others. Singers include Angela Lansbury, Len Cariou, Elaine Stritch, Jason Alexander, Barbra Streisand and more.

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      Arias from the Age of Bel Canto

      Enjoy a Bel Canto spectacular with Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Placido Domingo, Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano and Leopold Simoneau in selections from operas by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Playlist: Donizetti: L’elisir D’amore, “Una Furtiva Lagrima” Leopold Simoneau with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin Conducted by Paul Strauss Recorded in Berlin in 1957 DGG […]

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      A Program For Gay Pride Weekend

      Larry will present a special one hour broadcast beginning at 4 PM to celebrate Gay Pride Weekend in Chicago. Expect to be entertained as well as informed hearing recordings by gay and lesbian composers and singers who have made significant contributions to American and European culture over a century and more ranging from Leonard Bernstein […]

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      The Art of Anna Netrebko

      A tribute to the Russian Diva includes an excerpt from Prokofiev’s War and Peace as well as arias by Mozart, Puccini and Verdi and a song by Rimsky-Korsakov.

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      Gustav and Alma Mahler

      Larry offers a sampling of recordings by eminent Mahler interpreters Maureen Forrester, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Kathleen Ferrier and Fritz Wunderlich as well as an unexpected and hilarious tribute to Alma Mahler.

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      Operatic Mad Scenes

      So called Mad Scenes have been long been a staple of opera especially during the bel canto era of Donizetti and Bellini. Larry offers two later examples. Natalie Dessay sings Ophelia’s Mad Scene from Hamlet and Philip Langridge descends into madness as Peter Grimes.

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      Robert Merrill at 100

      Larry recalls the great American baritone for his 100th birthday anniversary. We will hear him in his most prominent Verdi roles as well as the Toreador in Carmen and as the Barber of Seville.

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      A Program of Russian Opera

      A collection of gems from operas by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninoff featuring Galina Vishnevskaya, Mariusz Kwiencien and Milizia Korjus. The highlight will be the Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov with Boris Christoff.

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