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George Jellinek's Vocal Scene

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Former WQXR music director George Jellinek, best-known for hosting WQXR's The Vocal Scene, died recently. Jellinek created The Vocal Scene in 1969, a year after he became WQXR’s music director. The weekly, one-hour show was devoted to opera and great opera singers. The show continued for 36 years, and was syndicated on classical stations around the country.

In memory of George Jellinek, WQXR is featuring prized segments from the archives of The Vocal Scene.


December, 1976

George speaks with Marilyn Horne about the future of her career, her training as a soprano rather than a mezzo, and her Bel Canto techinique. Together they critique an early recording of a lullaby and a later selection from Rossinni's Semiramide.


January, 2000

On the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Tosca, George explores recordings from the opera throughout the century, including Enrico Caruso's Recondita armonia, Geraldine Ferrar's Vissi d'arte, and several duets.


November, 1974

George compares recordings of pieces which influenced each other--they're remarkable conincidences.