An Operavore Christmas

Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 11:00 AM

Launch WQXR's Operavore stream this holiday season and you can enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and others. The show airs several times on Operavore. Below are the scheduled times on Operavore (all EST):

Saturday, Dec. 22: 11 am & 10 pm.

Sunday, Dec. 23: 9 am & 5 pm.

Monday, Dec. 24: Noon, 5pm & 8 pm.

Tuesday, Dec. 25: 10am, 2 pm, 5 pm & 8 pm.

In addition, the show airs on 105.9 FM on Saturday, Dec. 22 at noon, in advance of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday broadcast, and on Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 4 pm.

Program details:

Traditional: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Joan Sutherland, soprano

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Richard Bonynge, conductor

London/Decca  4756153

 

Traditional: The First Noel

Thomas Hampson, baritone

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Hugh Wolff, conductor

Teldec  73135

 

Traditional: Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabella

Marilyn Horne, mezzo

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Jerold Ottley, conductor

CBS/Sony  63305

 

George Frideric Handel: Messiah: Comfort Ye...Every Valley

Jon Vickers, tenor

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Thomas Beecham, conductor

Met  212

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Ach, wann wird die Zeit erscheinen?

Gundula Janowitz, soprano; Christa Ludwig, mezzo; Fritz Wunderlich, tenor

Munich Bach Orchestra

Karl Richter, conductor

Deutsche Grammophon 427236

 

Hall Johnson: Ride On, King Jesus

Leontyne Price, soprano

Studio Orchestra and Chorus

Leonard de Paur, conductor

RCA 61867

 

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel: Abends, will ich schlafen gehn (Evening Hymn)

Hei-Kyung Hong, soprano; Jennifer Larmore, mezzo

Munich Radio Orchestra

Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor

Teldec 22801

 

Gian Carlo Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors: Have you seen a child?

Lorna Haywood, soprano; John Dobson, tenor; Curtis Watson, bass; Donald Maxwell, baritone

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

David Syrus, conductor

Jay Records 1303

 

Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme: Act II

Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; Lucine Amara, soprano; Jussi Bjoerling, tenor; Robert Merrill, baritone; John Reardon, baritone; Giorgio Tozzi, bass

RCA Victor Orchestra; RCA Victor Chorus; The Columbus Boychoir

Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor

Angel/EMI 56236

 

George Frideric Handel: Joy to the World

Anna Moffo, soprano

Studio Orchestra and Chorus

Met 212

 

Ralph Blaine; Hugh Martin: Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Bryn Terfel, baritone

Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera

Tecwyn Evans, conductor

Deutsche Grammophon 1491472

 

Jose Feliciano: Feliz Navidad

The Three Tenors

Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir

Steven Mercurio, conductor

Sony 89131

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Comments [4]

Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

Gee, I didn't know that Jennifer Larmore, recently featured in "Opera News", was also no longer "active today"; nor did I know that this was a criterion for judging quality!

Dec. 27 2012 11:03 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richards Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

ALL OF THE ABOVE MAKE SENSE AS CHRISTMAS MUSIC.

ALL WELL PERFORMED MASTERPIECES OF THE VOCAL LITERATURE MAKE FOR A FESTIVE OCCASION NO MATTER WHAT THE DATE OF THE PERFORMANCE NOR THE DATE OF ITS HEARING.

Dec. 25 2012 09:18 AM
Jason

How does a singer's activeness make the programming poor? Good singing is good singing. BTW, Bryn is active too.

Dec. 22 2012 01:59 PM

Amazing!
other than Thomas Hampson, there is not a single track from a singer active today. Poor programming

Dec. 22 2012 12:53 PM

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