Arias and Songs

Saturdays at 4:30 pm

The Chagall ceiling of Opéra Garnier in Paris (Photo: Lin Padgham, CC BY 2.0, cropped, via Flickr)

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.

Gustav and Alma Mahler

June 10, 2017

Larry offers a sampling of recordings by eminent Mahler interpreters Maureen Forrester, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Kathleen Ferrier, and Fritz Wunderlich, as well as an unexpected and hilarious tribute to Alma Mahler.

Operatic Mad Scenes

May 27, 2017

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.

Robert Merrill at 100

May 20, 2017

Larry recalls the great American baritone for his 100th birthday anniversary. We will hear him in his most prominent Verdi roles as well as the Toreador in Carmen and the title role in the Barber of Seville.

A Program of Russian Opera

May 13, 2017

A collection of gems from operas by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Rachmaninoff featuring Galina Vishnevskaya, Mariusz Kwiecień and Miliza Korjus. The highlight will be the Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov with Boris Christoff.

Remembering Roberta Peters

May 6, 2017

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 ...

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