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 player below features a continuous three hour loop of the most recent Arias and Songs episodes to be joined in progress.
The Art of Josephine Baker
Arriving in France as one of the many Americans in Paris in the 1920s, La Belle Josephine, as she was called, became a national treasure for the French for half a century.
A Program for Gay Pride Weekend
For a special one-hour program beginning at 4:30pm, Larry showcases the talents of gay composers Gian Carlo Menotti, Reynaldo Hahn, and Michael Tippett. Also featured are Peter Pears, Nathan Lane, Josephine Baker, Donald Gramm, and pianists, Earl Wild, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and more.
A Program for Father’s Day
Celebrating Father’s Day weekend are Sherrill Milnes in La traviata, Leontyne Price and Robert Merrill in Aida, and more.
Things that Crawl, Swim, and Fly
Fish swim, butterflies float, snakes slither, bees sting, and worms crawl in a most unusual program. Immersed in nature are Kathleen Battle, Gérard Souzay, Christa Ludwig, John McCormack, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Felicity Lott, and more.
Coffee, Tea, Beer, or Wine?
The bar is open. It’s your choice and served by Jerry Hadley, Joan Morris, Carlo Bergonzi, Ella Fitzgerald and more.
Play Gypsy, Dance Gypsy
Gypsies have long been a favorite topic for composers. Hear delightful and melodic songs and arias sung by Leontyne Price, Conchita Supervía, Fritz Wunderlich, Angela Gheorghiu, Renata Tebaldi, and more.
On Wings of Song
We float in the air today with Mendelssohn’s song of this name, moving on to fireflies, birds, and butterflies. Taking flight are Jussi Björling, Susan Graham, Ben Heppner, Rita Streich, Ian Bostridge, Ann Murray, Gérard Souzay, Felicity Lott and more.
Heard in “Live” Performance
An eclectic collection indeed! Marcella Sembrich sings at a 1903 Metropolitan Opera concert, Maria Callas is heard in the Lisbon Traviata, Ferruccio Furlanetto is the Prince in Eugene Onegin at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, and the ‘Cat Duet’ by Rossini is purred by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Victoria de los Ángeles in London.
A Program for Mother’s Day
They nurture us, they teach us, and they love us as we will hear in musical selections. Celebrating Mother’s Day weekend are Leyla Gencer, Marilyn Horne, Lily Pons, and Noël Coward. Yo-Yo Ma with Patricia Zander will be heard in “Songs My Mother Taught Me.”
Here Comes the Sun
Here is a program filled with sunshine for a March day. Franco Corelli sings O sole mio plus arias from Rigoletto, Romeo and Juliet and May Night. Also spreading sunshine are Karita Mattila, Piotr Beczala, Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi and Nicolai Gedda.
Remembering Montserrat Caballé
Larry offers a one‐hour memorial tribute to one of the most outstanding voices of our time. This master of legato and pianissimo will be heard in prominent roles from Norma, Louise, and La traviata as well as selections from Spanish zarzuelas.
Shadows and Fog
Venture into a twilight world with Natalie Dessay singing the “Shadow Song” from Meyerbeer’s Dinorah. Peter Pears delves into the “Foggy, Foggy Dew” and Fred Astaire quite enjoys “A Foggy Day (In London Town).” All alone, Judy Garland offers a heartfelt “Me and My Shadow.”
Five Wagnerian Tenors
Five tenors who are all acclaimed for their Wagner interpretations. Listen and enjoy Lauritz Melchior, Jon Vickers, Jess Thomas, Ben Heppner and Jonas Kaufmann.
Larry’s Favorite Recordings
Often asked for his personal favorites, Larry shares a few choices sung by Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Bidu Sayão, Alfredo Kraus, and Leontyne Price.
Sutherland in Song
Hear one of the 20th century’s greatest voices in a recital of songs by Paolo Tosti, Luigi Arditi, and operettas by Michael Balfe and Noël Coward.
American Wagnerian Sopranos
Three American sopranos sing Wagner: Deborah Voigt, Jessye Norman, and Helen Traubel are heard in Die Walküre, Der fliegende Holländer, and Tristan und Isolde.
A Program For St. Patrick’s Day
Sláinte! Both familiar and unfamiliar Irish songs are performed by Bryn Terfel, Kiri Te Kanawa, The King’s Singers, John McCormack, and Patrick Ball with his Celtic harp.
Larry explores some of the more obscure Verdi operas and a song. Montserrat Caballé and Michael Fabiano are heard in Attila, Il corsaro, and I due Foscari along with a song by Licia Albanese.
Jonas Kaufmann Sings Operetta
Another side of this highly versatile tenor is presented. Kaufmann has had a life‐long love of operetta. This week, hear him lavish the same attention he gives to Wagner, Puccini, or Massenet in the works of Strauss, Lehár, Kálmán, and Zeller.