Code: LPR17
Genre: Music, Classical, Opera, Documentary
Length: 1 hour (58:30)
Frequency: Special
Delivery Type: PRX and CD
Optional Breaks: One
Air Window: January 2, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Host and Producer: Roger Pines
Engineer: Daniel Goldberg

Contact Information:
Estlin Usher: 773-279-2112,
David Sims: 773-279-2027,
Tony Macaluso: 773-279-2114,

PRX Link:

This special is available free of charge to all affiliate stations and will be available for two broadcasts from January 2, 2017 through January 1, 2018.


The Stradivarius of Singers: A Tribute to Leontyne Price

One of the most renowned and beloved singers of the 20th century, American soprano Leontyne Price rose to superstardom at a time when African-American artists were only just beginning to achieve major recognition in the operatic world. Price, who turns 90 in February, is celebrated by Roger Pines, broadcast commentator for Lyric Opera of Chicago, in a tribute covering her life and career in depth. In addition to representative recorded excerpts, the program features comments and reminiscences from numerous renowned American artists, among them Renée Fleming, Sondra Radvanovsky, Denyce Graves, and Eric Owens.


The music sung by Leontyne Price is excerpted from the following:

Charpentier, Louise, “Depuis le jour”
Bizet, Carmen, Seguidilla
Verdi, La forza del destino, “Pace, pace”
Hymn, “Lead, kindly light”
Strauss, Die ägyptische Helena, “Zweite Brautnacht”
Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” (with William Warfield)
Barber, Hermit Songs, “At St. Patrick’s Purgatory”
Puccini, Tosca, Act I love duet (with David Poleri)
Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites, Prison Scene
Puccini, La rondine, “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta”
Massenet, Thaïs, “Dis-moi que je suis belle”
Verdi, Requiem, “Domine Jesu Christe” (with Fiorenza Cossotto, Luciano Pavarotti, and Nicolai Ghiaurov)
Verdi, Il trovatore, “Tacea la notte”
Mozart, Don Giovanni, “Or sai chi l’onore”
Verdi, Aida, “O patria mia”
Barber, Antony and Cleopatra, Final Scene
Marx, “Marienlied”
Spiritual, “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”
Verdi, Un ballo in maschera, Love Duet (with Carlo Bergonzi)
Spiritual, “This Little Light of Mine”