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.
Larry presents truly historic recordings that include the first Lt. Pinkerton, Giovanni Zenatello, in Madama Butterfly. Then the first Marchallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Margarethe Siems. In Verdi’s first Falstaff, Victor Maurel is heard and Richard Tauber in Lehar’s The Land of Smiles conducted by the composer.
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
Lions, tigers, and bears are feared by Dorothy and her friends in The Wizard of Oz. This zoological program acknowledges not only lions, tigers, and bears, but also seals, dogs, swans, and more. Among those dropping by the zoo are Marilyn Horne, John McCormack, Kirsten Flagstad, and Peter Pears.
The Art of Reynaldo Hahn
The fascinating life and career of this French composer, conductor, accompanist, singer, and voice teacher will be explored in recordings by Victoria de los Ángeles and Maggie Teyte. Hahn will be heard performing his own songs and some delightful Offenbach as well.
A Program of Prayers
Larry offers operatic prayers from Cavalleria rusticana and Der Freischütz. Then Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria,’ ‘Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,’ and the cowboy prayer, ‘Home on the Range.’ Artists include Angela Gheorghiu, the Robert Shaw Chorale, Elisabeth Grümmer, and John Charles Thomas.
A Trip to Sicily
There is nothing like a Sicilian curse! Carlo Bergonzi gets one he won’t forget from Fiorenza Cossotto in Cavalleria rusticana. Victoria de los Ángeles and Giuseppe Di Stefano are heard in songs. Also, there will be an offer you can’t refuse as we pay our respects to The Godfather.