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The Internal Brightness of Nico Muhly

October 7, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Nico Muhly in his composing studio, digital keyboard, sheet music, and large computer monitor on his desk, smiling, leaning on his right elbow; wearing black coat over grey-blue t-shirt.

An interview with the dynamic American composer on his choral and solo vocal works.


All selections composed by Nico Muhly.

Bright Mass with Canons: Sanctus & Benedictus
Saintt Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Frederick Teardo, organ
John Scott, conductor

Senex Puerum Portabat
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon, conductor

How Little You Are
VI. The night herders
Austin Guitar Quartet
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Texxas Guitar Quartet
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor

Spiral Mass: Agnus Dei
Netherlands Chamber Choir
James McVinnie, organ
Stephen Layton, conductor

Four Traditional Songs
I. A Brisk Young Lad
Iestyn Davies, countertenor
Joseph Middleton, piano

Endless Space
Renée Fleming, soprano
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, piano

VI. Everyone Cries
VII. My Love
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Brooklyn Rider

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The Pure Voice of Lauren Snouffer

September 30, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Lauren Snouffer, chin resting on right palm, fingers touching her right cheek, dark background.

An interview with the early (and contemporary) music specialist in advance of WFMT’s broadcast of Handel’s Jephtha from Music of the Baroque.


Playlist to include soprano Lauren Snouffer in arias and duets from operas by George Frideric Handel, Johann Adolph Hasse, and Ricky Ian Gordon.

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A Fall Choral Preview

September 23, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of VOCES8 in formal attire; three women in metallic-palette gowns; five gentlemen in black tie tuxedos; textured navy backdrop.

Oliver’s picks for choral performances around Chicago.


George Frideric Handel: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55
Part II, “Populous cities please me then”
Stephen Varcoe, bass-baritone
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Thomas Tallis: O nata lux de lumine

Yves Castagnet: Messe Breve
III. Sanctus
Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris
Yann Castagnet, organ
Henri Chalet, conductor

Handel: Israel in Egypt
Part III, “Moses and the children of Israel sung this song unto the Lord”
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Great” Mass in C Minor, K. 427
I. Kyrie
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra
Jane Glover, conductor

Robert Maggio: Man Up / Man Down
Interlude I: “Manhood in the 21st Century”
Constellation Men’s Ensemble

Mia Makaroff: Butterfly
La Caccina
Carling FitzSimmons, artistic director

Ayanna Woods: SHIFT (fragment)
William Ferris Chorale
Christopher Windle, conductor
Used with the composer’s kind permission

Johannes Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen? Op. 74, No. 1 (fragment)
Chicago Chamber Choir
Christopher Windle, conductor

William Byrd: Ave verum corpus
Bella Voce
Andrew Lewis, conductor

Johann Sebastian Bach: Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend, BWV 248
XXI. “Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe”
Hoss Brock, tenor
Chicago Choral Artists
Michael D. Costello, conductor

Josiah Kelley Alwood: Unclouded Day
St. Charles Singers
Jeffrey Hunt, conductor

J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor
XXIII. Dona nobis pacem
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

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Ailyn Pérez in Recital

September 16, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Ailyn Pérez

The Chicago-native soprano’s recent recital with pianist Kevin Murphy from the Ravinia Festival.


Gabriel Fauré: Poème d’un jour
I. Rencontre
II. Toujours
III. Adieu

Reynaldo Hahn: Select songs
À Chloris
Le Rossignol des lilas

L’Heure exquise
Si mes vers avaient des ailes

Manuel de Falla: Siete canciones populares Españolas
I. El paño moruno
II. Seguidilla murciana
III. Asturiana
IV. Jota
V. Nana
VI. Canción
VII. Polo

Fernando Obradors: Canciones clásicas Españolas, Vol. 1
La mi sola, Laureola
Al Amor
¿Corazón, porqué pasáis
El majo celoso

Con amores, la mi madre
Del cabello más sutil
Chiquitita la novia

Enrique Granados: “La Maja y el Ruiseñor” from Goyescas

Manuel Ponce: Estrellita
Ernani Braga: Abôio
Tomás Méndez: Cucurrucucú Paloma
María Grever: Te quiero, dijiste
Grever: Júrame 

Francesco Cilea: “Io son l’umile ancella” from Adriana Lecouvreur (encore)

Ailyn Pérez, soprano
Kevin Murphy, piano

Recorded August 15, 2023 in the Martin Theatre at Ravinia Festival.

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The Barnstorming Career of Freddie De Tommaso

September 9, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Freddie De Tommaso portrait in Navy blue pea coat, charcoal grey turtleneck sweater, white background.

An interview with the 30-year-old British-Italian tenor on the occasion of his American debut at Santa Fe Opera.


All selections feature tenor Freddie De Tommaso.

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
Act I, aria, “Recondita armonia”
Act I, duet, “Ah, quegl’occhi!”
Lise Davidsen, soprano
Philharmonia Orchestra
Paolo Arrivabeni, conductor

Rodolfo Falvo: Dicitencello vuie
Francesco Paolo Tosti: Ideale
Ruggero Leoncavallo: Mattinata
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Renato Balsadonna, conductor

Giuseppe Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Act I, aria, “La rivedrà nell`estasi”
Act II, duet, “Teco io sto”
Act III, romanza, “Ma se m’è forza perderti”
Saioa Hernandez, soprano
Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Marek Janowski, conductor

Giacomo Puccini: Turandot
Act III, aria, “Nessun dorma”
Philharmonia Orchestra
Paolo Arrivabeni, conductor

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A Lyric Opera Season Preview with Michael Black

September 2, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Daughter of the Regiment

Lyric’s chorus director previews the 2023-24 season which leans heavily on the company’s superior chorus.


Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Act III, Scene 7, “Steuermann, lass die Wacht”
Act II, Scene 4, “Summ und brumm, du gutes Rädchen”
Act III, Scene 7, “”Johohoe! Johohoe!”
Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra
Christian Thielemann, conductor

Gaetano Donizetti: The Daughter of the Regiment
Act I, chorus and aria, “Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan…Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!”
Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Richard Bonynge, conductor

Leoš Janáček: Jenufa
Act III, Dance of the village girls
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna Philharmonic
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, K. 626
II. Sequentia: Dies irae and Lacrimosa
RIAS Chamber Choir
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
René Jacobs, conductor

Gioachino Rossini: Cinderella
Act I, chorus and aria, “Scegli la sposa affretati…Come un ape”
Alessandro Corbelli, baritone
Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Communale di Bologna
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Giuseppe Verdi: Aida
Act IV, finale, “O terra, addio”
Act II, finale, “Gloria all’ Egitto”
Anja Harteros, soprano
Ekaterina Semenchuk, mezzo-soprano
Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Chorus and Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy
Antonio Pappano

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The 2023 Collaborative Works Festival

August 26, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Collaborative Works Festival image featuring Nicholas Phan

A preview of Song of Myself, the art song festival which begins next month.


Baptiste Trotignon: Why
Florence Price: Because
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Baptiste Trotignon, piano

Claude Debussy: L’ombre des arbres from Ariettes oubliées
Nadia Boulanger: Cantique
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Myra Huang, piano

Ethel Smyth: On the Road
Eric Ferring, tenor
Madeline Slettedahl, piano

Nico Muhly: Impossible Things
Part III: “27 June, 1906, 2pm; Impossible Things”
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Colin Jacobsen, violin
The Knights
Eric Jacobsen, conductor

William Marshall Hutchinson: Dream Faces
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Kevin Cooper, guitar

Laureano Quant: Ahora hablo de gaitas
Laureano Quant, baritone
Donald Lee III, piano

Spiritual arr. Shawn E. Okpebholo: God is a God
Zoie Reams, mezzo-soprano
Shannon McGinnis, piano
Used with kind permission from Shawn E. Okpebholo

Spiritual arr. Patrick Dupré Quigley: Steal Away
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Baptiste Trotignon, piano

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An Interview with Susan Graham

August 19, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Susan Graham

The beloved American mezzo-soprano shares her passion for French mélodie and reminisces on one of her signature roles—Oktavian in Der Rosenkavalier


All selections feature mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

Reynaldo Hahn: À Chloris
Hahn: L’Énamourée 

Hahn: Quand je fuis pris au pavillon 
Hahn: Si mes vers avaient des ailes
Roger Vignoles, piano

Christoph Willibald Gluck: “Amour, viens rendre à mon âme” from Orphée et Eurydice
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Harry Bicket, conductor

Emile Paladihe: Psyché 
Alfred Bachelet: Chère nuit
Francis Poulenc: Fleurs from Fiançailles pour rire
Poulenc: Les chemins de l’amour
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Claude Debussy: Harmonie de soir from Cinq poèmes de Charles Baudelaire
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

Richard Strauss: “Ist ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein” from Der Rosenkavalier
Barbara Bonney, soprano
Renée Fleming, soprano
Walter Berry, bass-baritone
Vienna Philharmonic
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor



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Vox Luminis

August 12, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Vox Luminis

An interview with bass Lionel Meunier, the founder and artistic director of the stylish Belgian early music ensemble.


All selections performed by Vox Luminis.

Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat Mater a 10 
I. Stabat mater dolorosa

Samuel Scheidt: Ascendo ad patrem meum

Andreas Hammerschmidt: Ich fahre auf zu meinem Vater

Antoine Brumel: Lamentations of Jeremiah
I. Heth, cogitavit Dominus

Johann Sebastian Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106
IV. Glorie, Lob, Ehr und Herrlichkeit

Heinrich Biber: Requiem in F Minor
III. Sequentia: Dies irae
with Freiburg BarockConsort

Henry Purcell: from King Arthur
Passacaglia, “How happy the lover”

George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232
IX. Gloria patri, et filio

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Lise Davidsen and Leif Ove Andsnes in Concert

August 5, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Leif Ove Andsnes and Lise Davdisen

The star Norwegian artists perform songs of Edvard Grieg and Richard Strauss.


Edvard Grieg: Six Songs, Op. 48
Dereinst, Gedanke mein
Lauf der Welt
Die verschwiegene Nachtigall
Zur Rosenzeit
Ein Traum

Grieg: Haugtussa (The Mountain Maid), Op. 67
Det Syng (The Enticement)
Blåbærli (Blueberry Slope)
Møte (The Tryst)
Elsk (Love)
Killingdans (Kidlings’ Dance)
Vond Dag (Hurtful Day)
Ved Gjætle-Bekken (At the Brook)

Richard Strauss: Select songs from Op. 27 & Op. 39
Ruhe, meine Seele!

Richard Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91
Der Engel
Stehe still!
Im Treibhaus

Lise Davidsen, soprano
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Recorded  at the Turku Music Festival, Finland on August 15, 2022.