The Best of The Vocal Scene

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  • Wagner with Traubel & Melchior

    This week on The Best of the Vocal Scene, George Jellinek presents the “oceanic voice” of Helen Traubel and that of the arguably greatest Wagnerian tenor in Met history.

    Jul 31, 2010

    Wagner with Traubel & Melchior
  • Leonie Rysanek

    George interviewed Austrian soprano Leonie Rysanek for The Vocal Scene at the time of her last performance at the Metropolitan Opera and he described the session as “a joyous occasion.” Jul 24, 2010

    Leonie Rysanek
  • Caruso, Ruffo and Chaliapin

    In this episode of The Vocal Scene, find out why George Jellinek refers to Enrico Caruso, Titta Ruffo and Feodor Chaliapin as the “awesome threesome” and hear why they would be opera ... Jul 17, 2010

    Caruso, Ruffo and Chaliapin
  • Song Comparisons

    George Jellinek created a number of Vocal Scene episodes that offer side-by-side renditions of the same work, and such shows were big audience favorites. According to Jellinek, all th... Jul 10, 2010

    Song Comparisons
  • A Heavenly Blend

    “If the sound of a beautifully produced soprano is thrilling to the ear, then a combination of two such voices should double that thrill.”  Thus George sets out his hypothesis for a p... Jul 3, 2010

    A Heavenly Blend
  • One Aria, Eight Tenors

    The work in question is “Salut demeure” from Gounod’s Faust.  “This is not an easy aria to deliver convincingly,” says George, “and it is not made easier by the high C that crowns a c... Jun 26, 2010

    One Aria, Eight Tenors
  • How to End An Opera

    WQXR is pleased to present a special summer series reviving the much beloved The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek. Episodes air each Saturday at noon. This weekend: Jellinek explores ... Jun 20, 2010

    How to End An Opera
  • Schumann Love Songs

    WQXR is pleased to present a special summer series reviving the much beloved The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek. Episodes air each Saturday at noon. This weekend: Schumann Love Songs. Jun 12, 2010

    Schumann Love Songs
  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon

    In the late 20th century, the moon was an object of conquest, reached at last by mankind through science and technology.  But George Jellinek preferred the moon to remain, as he put i... Jun 5, 2010

    By the Light of the Silvery Moon