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      Sylvia McNair

      Sylvia McNair

      Early Music

      This week Eric shares music from his favorite classical music genre, Baroque and Early Music. Singing for us on this program is three sopranos: Johannette Zomer, Sandrine Piau, and Sylvia McNair.

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      Agnes Baltsa

      Agnes Baltsa

      A Treasure Chest of Mezzo-Sopranos

      It may surprise you that some of bass-baritone Eric Owens’ favorite singers happen to be mezzo-sopranos. This week, Eric shares some of his favorites who specialize in chest voice singing, including Agnes Baltsa, Elena Obraztsova, and Fiorenza Cossotto.

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      Joan Sutherland

      Joan Sutherland

      Unusual Wagnerians

      This week Eric Owens picks some of his favorite singers who aren’t usually associated with Richard Wagner. After hearing this program you will wonder why they are considered the “Unknown Wagnerians”

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      Thomas Hampson

      Thomas Hampson

      Wagner Lieder

      This week Eric on Opera becomes Eric on Lieder, as we explore the lieder works of Richard Wagner. Eric shares some of his favorite pieces and some you may not know!

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      Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (1931-2010)

      Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (1931-2010)

      Predators

      Operatic predators are seen through out the world of opera. From Iago from Verdi’s Otello to Baron Scarpia from Puccini’s Tosca and maybe the ultimate predator Lady Macbeth from Verdi’s Macbeth. Join us as Eric speaks about and plays his favorite operatic predators.

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      Mario Del Monaco (1915-1982)

      Mario Del Monaco (1915-1982)

      Unusual Suspects

      This week Eric brings us music from artists that you may not expect. We will feature recordings by Mario Del Monaco, Birgit Nilsson, Marilyn Horne, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

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      Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano

      Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano

      Anne Sofie von Otter

      This week, Eric shares some of his favorite music from one of the most influential artists on his career: the great mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter. Music of Handel, Schubert, and Bach are featured.

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      Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007)

      Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007)

      Singers Playing Singers

      This week we look at a particular set of characters in opera. Singers who play singers in the opera. Some of them play professional singers, some of them are just regular people who are asked, invited or told to sing. We will feature performances by Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kenneth Tarver, and Pamela Helen Stephen and music by Strauss, Puccini, Berlioz, Strauss Jr. and Mozart.

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