Saturdays at 4:30 pm
Enjoy recording collector and host Larry Johnson’s vast library of vocal music.
Arias and Songs celebrates great singers of the past and present, from Maria Callas and Jussi Björling to Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann. Each week, recording collector and host Larry Johnson spins a wonderful web of opera, operetta, Broadway tunes, art songs—even vintage pop. Expect the unexpected as Larry guides you through the range and nuance of vocal artistry, with some programs tied to local performances, as well.
The Art of Paul Robeson
Recordings will be heard by this American bass and civil rights activist who openly supported the Spanish Civil War, gave concerts in the Soviet Union and was blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. Among the songs will be spirituals and selections from Jerome Kern’s Showboat in which Robeson sang in the London premiere.
The Art of Marian Anderson
One of America’s great voices, this contralto from Philadelphia endured much discrimination and had to find acceptance in Europe. Eventually she would break the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 opening the door to generations of African American artists.
Highlights from Lerner & Loewe Musicals
Picture: Stanley Holloway (center) as Alfred P. Doolittle from the Broadway presentation of My Fair Lady. Selections from three highly successful Broadway musicals by Lerner & Loewe bring in the New Year. Julie Andrews, Richard Burton, Robert Goulet, Stanley Holloway and more will be heard in Brigadoon, My Fair Lady and Camelot.
The Art of Rosa Ponselle, part 2
An exploration of the life and art of this American diva continues noting the glory years at the MET when she became one of the greatest Norma’s of the twentieth century. She then surprises her public and retires at age forty never to sing on stage again.
Arias & Songs Goes to the Movies
Larry explores the first decade of movies with sound, the “talkies,” beginning with The Blue Angel from Germany in 1929 starring Marlene Dietrich to Judy Garland in 1939 in a song deleted from The Wizard of Oz. Others vocals are by Fred Astaire, Mae West, Bing Crosby, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.
Lyric Opera’s I Puritani
Larry offers highlights from this rarely heard Bellini masterpiece. Bel canto specialists include Maria Callas, Montserrat Caballe, Franco Corelli and Giuseppe Di Stefano.
Lyric Opera’s Faust
The bill comes due and the devil gets Faust’s soul in this program of highlights from Gounod’s opera. Caught in the devil’s trap are Victoria de los Angeles, Alfredo Kraus, Joan Sutherland, Boris Christoff, Franco Corelli, and Nicoli Ghiaurov.