From the WQXR Archives

Schedule varies.

WQXR opens up its archives this summer with a new weekly series devoted to some of its most popular programs. Since WQXR has been around for more than 77 years, that’s a lot of historical radio to delve into.

For the month of June, we’ll revisit a show that was a fixture on WQXR for 36 years, The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek. George Jellinek created the program in 1969, a year after he became WQXR’s music director. The weekly one hour program showcases opera and great opera singers and featured Jellineck’s impeccable insight into the art of great singing.

 

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Great Quintets in Opera

Tonight at 11 pm: An episode of The Vocal Scene from 2000, in which George Jellinek explores the rich blend of quintets in operas from Mozart to Barber.

The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: Mozart Rarities

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In this episode of The Vocal Scene from 2002, George Jellinek explores some rarely-heard vocal gems by Mozart.

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The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: Danceable Opera

Sunday, October 27, 2013

George Jellinek explores various dance forms in operatic song. Hear opera's great voices including Beverly Sills, Bidu Sayao and Placido Domingo in the minuet, polonaise, waltz, gallop, polka and others.

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The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: How to End an Opera

Sunday, October 20, 2013

George Jellinek explores Giacomo Puccini’s art of concluding an opera with excerpts from Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca and more. This program originally aired on WQXR in 1984.

The Vocal Scene: The Great Verdi Singers, Part I

Sunday, October 06, 2013

George Jellinek offers an historical survey of the great Verdi singers from the first half of the 20th century, including Francesco Tomagno who was the first Otello.

The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: A Fritz Wunderlich Tribute

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The great German tenor Fritz Wunderlich was born September 26, 1930. In celebration of what would have been his 83rd birthday WQXR re-broadcasts this archival program from 1994.

Eight Ways To Sing a Faust Aria

Sunday, September 22, 2013

In this episode of The Vocal Scene from 1996, George Jellinek offers a study in comparison: Eight different tenors sing a famous aria from Gounod’s Faust.

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The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: Songs at Twilight

Sunday, August 25, 2013

In this 1981 episode, George Jellinek explores songs that evoke the fading hours of day. Tonight at 11 pm, hear Jose van, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Janet Baker and Hermann Prey.

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George Jellinek: 20th Century English Orchestral Songs

Sunday, August 18, 2013

In this episode, which originally aired in 2001, George Jellinek explores a treasury of English orchestral songs composed in the 20th century.

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First Hearing with Lloyd Moss: 20th Anniversary Show

Sunday, August 11, 2013

"First Hearing," hosted by the late Lloyd Moss, featured a panel of experts who gave their opinions of new, unidentified recordings. Hear the show's 20th anniversary program.

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The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: Titta Ruffo

Sunday, August 04, 2013

In this episode, which originally aired in 2004, host George Jellinek explores the artistry of the great Italian baritone Titta Ruffo (1877-1953).

This is My Music: Barbara Cook

Sunday, July 21, 2013

In this February 1981 edition of This is My Music, Lloyd Moss interviews singer and actress Barbara Cook about her start on Broadway and her first Carnegie appearance.

This is My Music: Marvin Hamlisch

Sunday, July 14, 2013

In this November 1980 edition of This is My Music, Lloyd Moss interviews composer Marvin Hamlisch about his musical career. Hamlisch died last summer at age 68.

The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: American Opera 1776-1976

Sunday, July 07, 2013

In this episode, which aired during America's bicentennial year, George surveys American Opera from 1776-1976. Included are works by Stephen Foster, Douglas Moore and Samuel Barber.

The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: Brevity is the Soul of Wit

Sunday, June 30, 2013

A brief song may be fleeting but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful or memorable. In this episode from 1977, George Jellinek presents a cornucopia of short arias, art songs and serenades.

The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: Jussi Bjorling

Sunday, June 23, 2013

On this episode from February 1977, host George Jellinek looks back at the legendary Swedish tenor’s 30-year career, exploring his “effortless high C’s.”

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The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: Nightingales

Sunday, June 16, 2013

George Jellinek celebrates “musical nightingales” featuring enchanting arias from Angela Gheorghiu, Victoria de los Angeles, Rosa Ponselle and more. It's music perfect for a summer evening.

The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: The Art of Maria Callas

Sunday, June 09, 2013

In this episode, George Jellinek pays tribute to this “ambitious, indomitable woman” who had both “fanatical admirers and equally ardent detractors."

George Jellinek's Song Comparisons

Sunday, June 02, 2013

For the month of June, we revisit The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek, a show that was a fixture on WQXR for 36 years.