An Operavore Christmas

Airs at noon Dec. 24 and 4 pm Dec. 25 on WQXR.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.

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 [2]

Mary-Louise Murray-Johnson from Heidelberg, Germany

11 in the evening in Germany on Christmas Day:

I have just listened to your Operavore Christmas Music hour. The program brought back so many memories from years in New York that I have tears in my eyes. My head spins with joyous Christmases past and evenings of opera with the wonderful singers whom we have lost to time

Thank you.

May WQXR continue as still the best classical music radio station in my international experience.

All best wishes for 2014

Mary Louise Murray-Johnson
Heidelberg, Germany

Dec. 25 2013 05:12 PM

What is CD title that Naomi Lewin played (around 1pm 12/24/13) the three tenors singing Feliz Navidad (it's not listed in your playlist) ?

Dec. 24 2013 01:29 PM

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