Home for the Holidays

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Decorating the tree in preparation for Christmas next week

For many opera singers the holidays are a busy time of year— too busy to make it home for Christmas. This week on Operavore we're bringing opera singers into our home for Christmas with a playlist of lullabies and carols to sooth the holiday frenzy.

Host Naomi Lewin spins modern classics like Bill Crosby's "I'll be Home for Christmas" and lesser-known songs like Ariel Ramirez's "Nacimiento," making this week's Operavore a fun holiday primer. If you're ready to get this holiday party started, scroll to the bottom and check out a "duet"version of "White Christmas" by Bryn Terfel and Bing Crosby. 


Irving Berlin
“I’ll be home for Christmas.”
Bing Crosby
MCA Special Products 31143

John Francis Wade
“O Deuwch Ffyddloniaid” (“O come, all ye faithful”)
Mack Wilberg, arranger
Tecwyn Evans, conductor
Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera
Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone
Deutsche Grammophon 1491472 

Alice Charlotte Tegnér
“Betlehems Stjärna” (“Star of Bethlehem”)
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Bengt Forsberg, organ
Deutsche Grammophon 459685 

Gustaf Nordqvist
“Jul, jul, strålande jul” (“Christmas, radiant Christmas”)
Stockholm Sinfonietta
Sjokvist Gustaf, conductor
Peter Mattei, baritone
Ladybird Productions 79556818

Traditional Spanish carol arranged by Lee Holdridge
“La Virgen Lava Pañales” (“The virgin washes the swaddling clothes”)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Lee Holdridge, conductor
Placido Domingo, tenor
Sony Classical Masterworks 53725

Traditional Italian carol arranged by Giancarlo Chiaramello
“Tu scendi dalle stele” (“From starry skies descending”)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
Steven Mercurio , conductor
Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Sony Classical 89131

Ariel Ramirez
Navidad nuestra “El Nacimiento” (The Birth)
Mack Wilberg, arranger
Tecwyn Evans, conductor
Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera
Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone
Rolando Villazón, tenor
Deutsche Grammophon 1491472

Jakub Jan Ryba
“Jak Mile Rozkosne”
Capella Regia Musicalis
Robert Hugo, conductor
Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano
Deutsche Grammophon 4778365

“Il est né, le divin enfant”
London Symphony Orchestra
Robin Smith, conductor
Roberto Alagna, tenor
Deutsche Grammophon 718302

“Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle”
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Jerold Ottley, conductor
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Sony Classical 63305

Irving Berlin
“White Christmas”
Orchestra at Temple Square
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, conductors
Nathan Gunn, baritone
Mormon Tabernacle 5082346

Daryl Runswick
“A Little Christmas Music” (Medley à la Mozart)
King's Singers
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano
Richard Hickox, harpsichord
EMI 49909

Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane
“Have yourself a merry little Christmas”
Thomas Pasatieri, arranger
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Hugh Wolff, conductor
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Teldec 73135