George Jellinek

George Jellinek appears in the following:

#1613 The Art of Roland Hayes

Thursday, November 25, 1999

In this episode, George Jellinek remembers the African-American tenor Roland Hayes. Jellinek is joined by Betty Allen, mezzo-soprano, teacher and president of the Harlem School of the Arts, for an interview to talk about Hayes and his unique artistry. He was a renowned singer of spirituals as well as classical ...


#1601 The Giannini-Pertile Aida of 1928

Thursday, September 02, 1999

The first recording of Verdi's Aida in 1928 was the standard by which subsequent performances were measured. Its faded sound has since been cast aside for newer recordings until now. A re-issue of the opera engineered by Ward Marston has given it new life. George Jellinek talks about and plays ...

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Verdi: Nabucco

Thursday, May 13, 1999

George Jellinek delves into Verdi's first great opera, Nabucco. The opera may have saved Verdi from abandoning composition, becoming a huge popular --and political-- success. Despite the composer's subsequent successes, it always retained a special place in the hearts of Italians of Verdi's time, who viewed it as a patriotic ...


#1430 Bellini and Bel Canto

Thursday, May 23, 1996

George Jellinek devotes this episode to Vincenzo Bellini and the bel canto style of singing. Though the term "bel canto" was not in use until the late nineteenth century, it was a based on the old tradition of singing and Bellini was a master of that kind of writing. Works ...


World War II & The American Singer

Thursday, September 07, 1995

In this episode, George Jellinek commemorates the end of World War II on September 2, 1945. This program is based on an article he was commissioned to write by Opera News about the American singers who were well-known during and after the war. We hear recordings of performances by Rise ...


Verdi baritones

Saturday, May 20, 1995

Baritones owe Verdi some of the greatest roles in opera --but inhabiting these roles is a huge challenge that few achieve successfully. George Jellinek plays examples of nine "true great Verdi baritones" through the ages in two arias:

"Pari siamo!" (Rigoletto)
"Eri tu" (Un ballo in ...


#1819 A Collector's Masked Ball

Saturday, April 23, 1994

George Jellinek brings us memorable performances of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Un ballo in maschera. We hear excerpts of various recordings with performances by Enrico Caruso, Titta Ruffo, Fedora Barbieri, Jussi Bjorling, Beniamino Gigli, Elisabeth Rethberg, Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Zinka Milanov, Lawrence Tibbett, and Carlo Bergonzi.

WNYC archives id: ...


#1314 Joseph Schmidt Remembered

Thursday, March 03, 1994

George Jellinek devotes this program to the Romanian tenor Joseph Schmidt whose life and career were all-too-brief. He was a highly popular celebrity and had a successful career in the recording of opera arias, operetta excerpts, and popular songs. We hear the first recording of Schmidt in the 1929 German ...


Vocal Gold Program #317 Richard Tucker

Saturday, January 22, 1994

The tribute to tenor Richard Tucker from 1975-01-23 is rebroadcast as part of the Vocal Gold set.

WNYC archives id: 253590


#1212 A Visit with Beverly Sills

Thursday, March 19, 1992

Beverly Sills joins George Jellinek in the studio for an interview. They talk about her landmark career as a soprano, her favorite roles and personal triumphs, and her tenure at the New York City Opera. She also talks about her current career out of the public eye, serving on various ...


#1188 A Cole Porter Centennial Tribute

Thursday, October 03, 1991

George Jellinek celebrates the centennial of American composer and songwriter Cole Porter. We hear some of his most memorable songs like "I've Got You Under My Skin," sung by opera singer Cesare Siepe, "I Get A Kick Out of You" by Ethel Merman, "Just One of Those Things" by Ella ...


#1173 By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Thursday, June 20, 1991

The moon has inspired many poets and composers and that is the focus of this episode. George Jellinek brings us the moon in opera and song through works such as Bellini's Norma, Massenet's Werther, Dvorak's Rusalka, Verdi's Aida, Puccini's Turandot, Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Gilbert and Sullivan's The ...


#1153 Bjorling and Company

Thursday, January 31, 1991

In this episode, George Jellinek honors the Swedish tenor Jussi Bjorling. We hear highlights from his career with other great artists who performed with him. Some of the recordings of him we hear are Johann Strauss' The Gypsy Baron with Hjordis Schymberg, Bizet's Pearl Fishers with Robert Merrill, Gounod's Romeo ...



Sunday, May 18, 1986

(2003-01-16 rebroadcast of a 1984 program: Othello by Shakespeare and Verdi.)
George Jellinek delves into Verdi's collaboration with Arrigo Boito in setting to music Shakespeare's play. What was lost from The Bard's version? What was gained? Using comparisons of the opera with the original text, George Jellinek provides us ...


Maria Callas

Thursday, September 22, 1977

Host George Jellinek pays tribute to Maria Callas. We hear archival clips of Callas talking about her vocal style, a controversial topic in the world of opera. Jellinek plays Callas singing Tosca, La gioconda, Isolde, I puritani, and others.

WNYC archives id: 253632


Program #454 A Treasury of French Song, Vol. I

Thursday, September 08, 1977

George Jellinek talks about the history of the French art song from the simple "Romance" to the more sophisticated "Melodie." We hear the music of Antoine Boesset, Jean Baptiste Lully, an arrangement by Weckerlin (of an unknown author), Francois Couperin, Andre Campra, Andre Gretry, Etienne Mehul, an arrangement by Crist ...


Program #453 The Art of Claudia Muzio

Thursday, September 01, 1977

George Jellinek talks about the life and art of Claudia Muzio. Recordings heard here include: "Mi chiamano Mimi" from Puccini's La Boheme, which was her first recording, "In quelle trine morbide" from Puccini's Manon Lescaut, "D'amor sull'ali Rosee" from Verdi's Il Trovatore, Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, "Sorgi, o padre" from Bellini's ...


Program #444 Brevity, The Soul of Wit

Thursday, June 30, 1977

In this episode, George Jellinek explores brevity in musical pieces saying "beautiful things can be accomplished in words and music briefly and memorably." We hear excerpts from Heine's Du bist wie eine Blume which was set to music by Robert Schumann as well as a version by Hugo Wolf and ...


Program #439 Gems by Glinka

Thursday, May 26, 1977

This episode of The Vocal Scene focuses on Russian opera and the composer Glinka. At the end of the 18th century, the popularity of opera in Russia was mainly of Italian opera and even Russian composers followed the model of Italian composers. Glinka began a slow movement away from Italian ...


Program #437 To Vienna, With Love

Thursday, May 12, 1977

In this episode, George Jellinek takes us on a journey to Vienna, a city which, despite signs of modernization, has not changed much over the years and its people are “masters in the art of living.” A song about a nut-tree in Nussdorf sung by Erich Kunz, a song about ...