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.
From The American Songbook
This is a program of classic American songs. The traditional Shenandoah, Steven Foster’s Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, the spiritual Deep River, Summertime from Porgy and Bess and others. Singers include Eileen Farrell, the Norman Luboff Choir and Marilyn Horne.
A Program For Gay Pride Weekend
Larry will present a special one hour broadcast beginning at 4 PM to celebrate Gay Pride Weekend in Chicago. Expect to be entertained as well as informed hearing recordings by gay and lesbian composers and singers who have made significant contributions to American and European culture over a century and more ranging from Leonard Bernstein to Cole Porter and Jake ...
Operatic Mad Scenes
So-called “mad scenes” have been long been a staple of opera , and were especially so during the bel canto era of Donizetti and Bellini. Larry offers two later examples. Natalie Dessay sings Ophelia’s mad scene from Hamlet and Philip Langridge descends into madness as the title character in Peter Grimes.
Remembering Roberta Peters
This retrospective honors an artist who made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1950 at age 20 and remained there for the next 35 years. We hear her in some of her signature roles as Rosina in the Barber of Seville, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, the page boy in A Masked Ball, the Queen of the Night in ...
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.