An Operavore Christmas

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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