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Edita Gruberova, Queen of Coloratura

October 23, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Assortment of eight album art portraits of Edita Gruberova

A tribute to the legendary artist who died at the age of 74 on October 18th.

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Camille Saint-Saëns: “Le Rossignol et la Rose” from Parysatis
The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Friedrich Haider, conductor
from The Anniversary Concert — 25 Years on Stage
Nightingale Classics (NC090560-2)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concert aria, “Popoli di Tessaglia!,” K. 316
Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg
Leopold Hager, conductor
from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Konzert-Arien
Deutsche Grammophon (4532882)

Gaetano Donizetti: “Quando rapito in estasi” from Lucia di Lamermoor
London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Bonynge, conductor
Teldec Classics (9031-72306-2)

Donizetti: “Di gioia bramata” from La figlia del reggimento
Munich Radio Orchestra
Kurt Eichhorn, conductor
from Edita Gruberova Virtuoso Arias
EMI (CDC 7 47434 2)

Donizetti: “Al dolce guidami” from Anna Bolena
Munich Radio Orchestra
Fabio Luisi, conductor
from Edita Gruberova Festival: Two Live Concerts
Serenissima (C 360.145-46)

Richard Strauss: “Großmächtige Prinzessin” from Ariadne auf Naxos
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Kurt Masur, conductor
Philips (422 084-2)

Special thanks to Robbie Ellis for engineering this episode of Listening to Singers.

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On Singing Alfredo with Charles Castronovo

October 16, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Charles Castronovo portrait in light suit, white shirt, no tie; bridge in background

The American tenor gives his insight into performing Alfredo in Verdi’s “La Traviata”

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Playlist to include excerpts from La Traviata performed by Carlo Bergonzi, Richard Tucker, Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Lopardo, Rolando Villazon, and Charles Castronovo.

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A Preview of Orlando with Haymarket Opera Company’s Chase Hopkins

October 9, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Headshot of Chase Hopkins, dark suit, dark background

Selections performed by star countertenor Bejun Mehta and some of Chicago’s leading Baroque specialists with Haymarket’s period-instrument orchestra.

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Playlist to include selections from Haymarket Opera Company’s production of Orlando featuring Bejun Mehta as Orlando, Emily Fons as Medoro, David Govertsen as Zoroastro, Kimberly Jones as Angelica, and Erica Schuller as Dorinda; with the Haymarket Opera Orchestra led by Craig Trompeter.

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Songs for Soothing Grief with Eugenia Cheng

October 2, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Portrait of Eugenia Cheng in front of bright stone building, looking into distance.

Eugenia Cheng selects songs for difficult times.

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Ivor Gurney: Sleep
Ian Bostridge, tenor
Julius Drake, piano
Link to text HERE.

Benjamin Britten: “Wagtail and baby” from Winter Words, Op. 52
Peter Pears, tenor
Benjamin Britten, piano
Link to text HERE.

Henri Duparc: Chanson triste
Jessye Norman, soprano
Dalton Baldwin, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

Francis Poulenc: “Il vole” from Fiançailles pour rire
Elly Ameling, soprano
Dalton Baldwin, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

Peter Tchaikovsky: Nyet tolko tot kto znal
Gerald Finley, bass-baritone
Julius Drake, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Ti pomnish’li vecher
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
Ivari Ilja, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Was Du mir bist?, Op.22 No. 1
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Bengt Forsberg, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

Franz Schubert: Du bist die Ruh, D. 776
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Helmut Deutsch, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

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Tenores mexicanos que cantan Rossini

September 25, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Javier Camarena in black t-shirt, singing and gesturing dramatically

Three fantastic artists — Francisco Araiza, Ramón Vargas, and Javier Camarena.

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Playlist to include Araiza, Vargas, and Camarena in music of Gioacchino Rossini, María Grever, and Agustín Lara.

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Ailyn Pérez — Chicago’s Homegrown Diva

September 18, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Portrait of Ailyn Pérez in profile, beige sweater dress, dramatic earrings

A conversation with the Mexican-American soprano as she prepares to take the stage in The Elixir of Love at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Playlist to include Ailyn Pérez in opera, song, and sacred music by Antonín Dvořák, Jules Massenet, Jake Heggie, Fernando Obradors, and Manuel de Falla.

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COT Season Preview with Lidiya Yankovskaya

September 11, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Portrait of Lidiya Yankovskaya in black suit, fall landscape background

Chicago Opera Theater’s music director previews the new season which includes Jamie Barton’s role debut as Carmen.

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Playlist to include works by Mark Adamo, Shawn Okpebholo, & Errollyn Wallen; and performances by Jamie Barton and Stephanie Blythe.

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Sondra Radvanovsky on Singing Lady Macbeth

September 4, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Sondra Radvanovsky as Anna Bolena, deep crimson gown

One of the premiere Verdi sopranos previews a tour de force role debut.

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Playlist to include excerpts from iconic recordings of Verdi’s Macbeth sung by Shirley Verrett, Leonie Rysanek, and Maria Callas.

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A Pastoral English Songbook

August 28, 2021, 4:30 pm

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A view of the roof tops of the village of Hawkshead across to the Cumbrian hills in the distance including red screes and ill bell

A program of songs by Roger Quilter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Ivor Gurney

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Playlist to include performances by Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, Sarah Walker, John Mark Ainsley, Ian Bostridge, Brian Giebler, and Thomas Allen with pianists Julius Drake, Graham Johnson,  Malcolm Martineau, Steven McGhee, Geoffrey Parsons, and Roger Vignoles.

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Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! with Lucas Meachem

August 21, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Lucas Meachem portrait, scratching head

Lucas Meachem on “the hardest aria in the lyric baritone repertoire.”

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Playlist to include performances by Hermann Prey, Sherill Milnes, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Leo Nucci, Peter Mattei, Leonard Warren, and Lucas Meachem. Lucas would also like listeners to consider this performance by Apollo Granforte.