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June 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm
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 […]
June 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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.
June 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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.
May 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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. Playlist: Thomas Hamlet Mad Scene: “A vos jeux mes […]
May 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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.
May 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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.
May 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm
This retrospective honors an artist who made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1950 at age twenty and remained there for the next thirty five years. We hear her in some of her signature roles as Rosina in the Barber of Seville , Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, the page boy in A Masked Ball, the Queen of the Night in the Magic Flute and much more.
April 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Selling her flowers at Covent Garden, Eliza Doolittle meets Professor Henry Higgins in Lyric Opera’s My Fair Lady. From the original London cast we will hear Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway plus surprise appearances by Birgit Nilsson and George London.
April 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Come celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. Larry presents recordings from Harlem in the 1930s through her Great American Songbook series with songs by Porter, Berlin and Gershwin plus her Grammy Award winning Mack the Knife in concert in Berlin in 1960. Playlist: Fitzgerald-Alexander: “ATiskit,aTaskit” Ella Fitzgerald with […]
April 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm
So many operatic characters have interesting professions. We meet a barber who not surprisingly works in Seville. There is a cobbler, a post office worker, a soldier and a sailor. There is even a doctor who makes house calls. Playlist: Rossini: The Barber of Seville, “Largo al Factotum” Sesto Bruscantini with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra […]
March 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm
A very easy on the ear collection of songs from sunny Italy. Tenors are Franco Corelli, Jonas Kaufman, Lucian Pavarotti, Carlo Bergonzi, Beniamino Gigli and Placido Domingo. Who could ask for more?
March 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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.
March 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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.
March 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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 […]
February 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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.