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The Impeccable Thomas Dunford

March 11, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Thomas Dunford in blue suit, white shirt, no tire, playing lute, in front of ornate marble columns trimmed with gold.

The superb lutenist discusses his love of collaboration and previews his ensemble Jupiter’s upcoming performance in Chicago.


Francesco Provenale: “Non posso far” from Lo schiavo di sua moglie
Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano

John Dowland: Flow my tears
Iestyn Davies, countertenor

Claudio Monteverdi: Quel sguardo sdegnosetto
Giulio Caccini: Amarilli, mia bella
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, tenor
I Gemelli

Antonio Vivaldi: “Gelido in ogni vena” from FarnaceLea Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano

George Frideric Handel: “You’ve undone me” from Semele
Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano
Iestyn Davies, countertenor

Giuseppe de Bottis: “Io piango” from Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano

Handel:As with rosy steps the morn” from Theodora
Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano

Vivaldi: Armatae face et anguibus from Juditha Triumphans
Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano

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Golda Schultz on Songs by Female Composers

March 4, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Golda Schultz in Edwardian style white blouse; pale blue background; sheet music floating in air

The South African soprano shares songs by Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Emilie Mayer, Nadia Boulanger, and Kathleen Tagg.


All performances by soprano Golda Schultz and pianist Jonathan Ware from the album This Be Her Verse (Alpha Classics ALPHA-799).

Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
Am Strande
Liebst du um Schönheit

Emilie Meyer (1812-1883)

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
Cradle Song
The Seal Man

Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)
La mer est plus belle

Kathleen Tagg (b. 1977)
Texts by Lila Pamer (b. 1986)
This Be Her Verse
I. After Phillip Larkin
II. Wedding
III. Single Bed

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Introducing Jesse Blumberg

February 25, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Jesse Blumberg in light blue suit, red brick wall out of focus in background

An interview with the stylish baritone in advance of his recital with Martin Katz next month.


All selections feature baritone Jesse Blumberg.

Agostino Steffani: “Fiera Aletto” from Niobe, Regina di Tebe
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, co-directors
Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe
Erato 0825646343546

George Frideric Handel: “Zweier Augen Majestät from Almira
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, co-directors
Handel: Almira
CPO 555-205-2

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: “Affreux tourments” from La descente d’Orphée aux enfers 
Jason McStoots, tenor
Zachary Wilder, tenor
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, co-directors
Charpentier: La couronne de fleurs & La descente d’Orphée aux enfers
CPO 777876-2

Johann Rosenmüller: Ascendit invictissimus salvator
Johann Rosenmüller in Exile
New Focus Recordings FCR-909

Johann Sebastian Bach: “Alles was von Gott geboren”: from Ein fester Burg is unser Gott, BWV 80
Hélène Brunet, soprano
Montreal Baroque
Eric Milnes, director
JS Bach: Cantatas For Luther, BWV76, 79 & 80
ATMA Classique ACD-22407

Ricky Ian Gordon: O City of Ships
Martha Guth, soprano
Thomas Bagwell, piano
Five Borough Songbook
GPR Records GPR-10012

Steven Edward Stucky: “I hear America singing” from American Muse
Bowling Green Philharmonia,
Emily Freeman Brown, conductor
New Music From Bowling Green, Vol. 6
Albany TROY-1214

Franz Schubert: Winterreise
IV. Erstarrung
V. Der Lindenbaum
VI. Wasseflut
VII. Auf dem Flusse
Martin Katz, piano
Schubert: Winterreise
Blue Griffin digital release


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On Leontyne Price with Kenneth Overton

February 18, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Leontyne Price as Leonora in Verdi's 'Il trovatore'

A playlist curated by baritone and advocate Kenneth Overton to celebrate a living legend.


All selections feature soprano Leontyne Price.

Giacomo Puccini: Entrance of Butterfly from Madama Butterfly
RCA Italiana Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
RCA Red Seal 6160-2-RC

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Or sai chi l’onore” from Don Giovanni
RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor
Leontyne Price: The Prima Donna Collection
BMG Classics 09026-61236-2

Giuseppe Verdi: “D’amor sull’ali rosee” from Il trovatore
Rome Opera Orchestra
Arturo Basile, conductor
Leontyne Price: Verdi & Puccini Arias (The Blue Album)
BMG Classics Living Stereo 82876 613952

Puccini: “Orsù, Tosca, parlate” from Tosca
Franco Corelli, tenor
Cornell Macneill, baritone
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Kurt Adler, conductor
Met Matinées: Tosca
Sony 88697804682

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
VII. Libera me: “Requiem aeternam”
Singverein der Gesellscaft der Musikfreunde, Wien
Vienna Philharmonic
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Verdi: Requiem
Decca 444833-2

Verdi: “La Vergine degli angeli” from La forza del destino
RCA Italiana Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Thomas Schippers, conductor
Verdi: La forza del destino
Sony G010003563730H

George Frideric Handel: “Care selve” from Atalanta
David Garvey, piano
Leontyne Price Rediscovered: Carnegie Hall Recital Debut
RCA Victor 09026-63908-2

Francis Poulenc: “Je nommerais ton front” from Miroirs brûlants
David Garvey, piano
A Program of Song
BMG Classics 09026-61499-2

Billy Taylor: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
Rust College Choir
Lassaye Van Buren Holmes, conductor
Leontyne Price Sings Spirituals
RCA 88691928242

Richard Strauss “Zweite Brautnacht” from Die ägyptische Helena
Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Carlo Franci, conductor
Leontyne Price in Concert
Gala GL 328

Samuel Barber: “Saint Ita’s Vision” from Hermit Songs
Samuel Barber, piano
Leontyne Price Sings Barber
BMG Classics 09026-61983-2

Barber: “Do not utter a word” from Vanessa
RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor
Leontyne Price: The Prima Donna Collection
BMG Classics 09026-61236-2

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William Grant Still’s Highway 1, USA

February 11, 2023, 4:00 pm

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William Grant Still

An intimate one act opera blending elements of blues, Romanticism, and musical theater by the ‘Dean of African-American Composers.”


William Grant Still: Highway 1, USA
Libretto by Verna Arvey
Mary………..Louise Toppin, soprano
Bob………….Robert Honeysucker, baritone
Aunt Lou….Pamela Dillard, mezzo-soprano,
Nate…………Ray M. Wade, tenor
St. Olaf Orchestra,
VocalEssence Ensemble,
Philip Brunelle, conductor
Still: Highway 1, USA
Albany Records TROY-734

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The American Bass-Baritone

February 4, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Nicholas Newton in dark suit, white shirt, no tie; against a stone pillar.

A playlist spotlighting great African-American artists curated by bass-baritone Nicholas Newton.


Ludwig van Beethoven: “O Freunde, nicht diese Töne” from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ‘Choral’
Elza van den Heever, soprano
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Piotr Beczala, tenor
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
A Concert for Ukraine
Decca 4853278

Jerome Kern: “Ol’ Man River” from Showboat
Paul Robeson, bass-baritone
Drury Lane Theatre
Herman Kink, conductor
Paul Robeson: Songs of Struggle
Regis RRC1229

Buddy DeSilva and Ray Henderson: Sonny Boy
Lawrence Winters, bass-baritone
Das große Radio- Tanz- und Unterhaltungsorchester
Alfred Hause, conductor
Philips P44399H

Karl Loewe: Des Glockentürmers Töchterlein
William Warfield, baritone
Otto Herz, piano
William Warfield: Ancient Music of the Church & Karl Loewe Ballads
Columbia Special Products P-14173

Aaron Copland: “The Boatmen’s Dance” from Old American Songs
William Warfield, baritone
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Aaron Copland, conductor
Copland Conducts Copland
CBS Records MK-42430

Kurt Weill: “O Tixo, Tixo, Help Me!” from Lost in the Stars
Arthur Woodley, bass
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Julius Rudel, conductor
Kurt Weill: Lost in the Stars
MusicMasters 01612-67100-2

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
IX. Quoniam to solus sanctus
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
New York Choral Artists
New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232
New York Philharmonic NYP-20130107

Richard Wagner: “Die Frist ist um” from Der fliegende Holländer 
Simone Estes, bass-baritone
Staatskapelle Berlin
Heinz Fricke, conductor
Simon Estes: Wagner
Philips 412 271-2

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An Interview with Juan Diego Flórez

January 28, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Juan Duego Florez in black sportscoat and white shirt, urban background out of focus.

The Peruvian tenor previews his upcoming Chicago recital for Symphony Center Presents.


All selections feature tenor Juan Diego Flórez.

Giaochino Rossini: “Corriam! voliam!” from Guglielmo Tell
Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Roberto Abbado, conductor
Voce d’Italia — Arias for Rubini
Decca B0010302-02

Rossini: “Sì, ritrovarla io giuro” from La Cenerentola
Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Riccardo Chailly, conductor
Rossini Arias

Decca 289 470 024-2

Jules Massenet: “Ô nature, pleine de grâce” and “Pourquoi me réveiller” from Werther
Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Roberto Abbado, conductor

Decca B0020307-02

Rossini: “La speranza più soave” from Semiramide
Agustín Lara: Granada
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Rossini: Overtures And Arias / Latin American Favorites
Live From Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles , October 7, 2010
Deutsche Grammophon digital release

Ernesto De Curtis: Non ti scordar di me
Francesco Paolo Tosti: Marechiare
Avi Avital, mandolin
Ksenija Sidorova, accordion
Craig Ogden, guitar
Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini
Carlo Tenan, conductor

Decca 478 8408

Tomás Méndez: Cucurrucucú paloma
Jonathan Bolivar, guitar
Bésame Mucho
Sony 19075822942

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Klaus Mäkelä conducts Mozart’s “Great” Mass in C Minor

January 21, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Klaus Mäkelä in a dark suit against a dark background with an open-armed gesture, baton in right hand.

The imaginative conductor, still in his twenties, leads the Oslo Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in an unfinished masterpiece by Mozart.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C Minor, K. 427
Mojca Erdmann, soprano
Ana Maria Labin, soprano
Julian Prégardien, tenor
Christian Valle, bass-baritone
Oslo Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra
Klaus Mäkelä, conductor

Recorded live on August 26, 2021. This concert is made available through WFMT ‘s association with the European Broadcasting Union.

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Dame Jane Glover on Albert Herring

January 14, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Jane Glover in black blouse with sleeves rolled to elbow looking to the bottom left corner, hands in a conducting gesture

The English conductor returns to Chicago Opera Theater to lead Britten’s comic masterpiece later this month.


Benjamin Britten: Selections from Albert Herring, Op. 39
James Gilchrist, tenor (Albert Herring)
Pamela Helen Stephen, mezzo-soprano (Nancy)
Roderick Williams, baritone (Sid)
Susan Bullock, soprano (Lady Billows)
Sally Burgess, mezzo-soprano (Florence Pike)
Alan Opie, baritone (Mr Gedge, the Vicar)
Stephen Richardson, bass (Superintendent Budd)
Robert Tear, tenor (Mr Upfold, the Mayor)
Rebecca Evans, soprano (Miss Wordsworth, the Headmistress)
Anne Collins, mezzo-soprano (Mrs Herring)

City of London Sinfonia
Richard Hickox, conductor
Chandos CHAN-10036