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17:10

Singer and actress Barbara Cook

Since the 1950's Cook has been in countless Broadway musicals — Oklahoma, The King and I, and Leonard Bernstein's Candide to name a few. She's been called a "no nonsense singer... able to thrust with gentility of tone." She won a Tony Award for her part as "Marian the librarian" which she originated in The Music Man.

21:48

Soprano Singer Julianne Baird.

Soprano singer Julianne Baird. Her new CD is "Fanny Mendelssohn Lieder" (Newport Classic). She is an expert musicologist of 18th century European baroque music. But she also explores music of other periods, including contemporary works and 19th century popular tunes. She recently toured France, Poland, Austria, Germany and Holland in recital. Her discography includes more than 85 recordings. She is on the faculty of Rutgers University in New Jersey.

08:36

Opera Singer Dawn Upshaw Crosses Over to Broadway

Uphsaw has a new recording called "Dawn Upshaw Sings Rodgers and Hart." We'll hear a sample from the CD and an excerpt of an 1994 interview with Upshaw. Monday on Fresh Air, we'll feature Dawn Upshaw in a concert recorded at WHYY. (REBROADCAST)

20:41

Soprano and Cultural Ambassador Barbara Hendricks

The opera soprano and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Barbara Hendricks has appeared on over fifty recordings and has won critical acclaim in performances with all the major opera companies in the world--but she remains a relatively obscure figure in the United States. This is her seventh year with the UN Commission and she says through her music, she has been able "to get people to listen in a way they wouldn't listen to a diplomat or bureaucrat."

22:20

Opera Singer Dawn Upshaw Crosses Over to Broadway

From the Metropolitan Opera, soprano Dawn Upshaw. She has a new recording of Broadway showtunes, called "I Wish It So." It includes lesser known works by Marc Blitzstein and Kurt Weill as well as songs by Sondheim and Bernstein. Upshaw has played more then 20 roles at the Met, including "The Marriage of Figaro" and the recently completed "Idomeneo," both by Mozart. (Rebroadcast)

22:17

Opera Singer Dawn Upshaw Crosses Over to Broadway

From the Metropolitan Opera, soprano Dawn Upshaw. She has a new recording of Broadway showtunes, called "I Wish It So." It includes lesser known works by Marc Blitzstein and Kurt Weill as well as songs by Sondheim and Bernstein. Upshaw has played more then 20 roles at the Met, including the current "The Marriage of Figaro" and the recently completed "Idomeneo," both by Mozart.

15:05

Singer Judy Niemack's Move from Classical to Jazz

The Village Voice says classically trained Niemack is like "Barbra Streisand without the hysterics....She combines the best of both worlds; a cabaret singer's respect for melody as written and a jazz singer's eagerness to have a go at it." Her new album is called "Heart's Desire."

15:09

Singer Judy Niemack's Move from Classical to Jazz

The Village Voice says classically trained Niemack is like "Barbra Streisand without the hysterics....She combines the best of both worlds; a cabaret singer's respect for melody as written and a jazz singer's eagerness to have a go at it." Her new album is called "Heart's Desire."

09:43

Soprano Benita Valente

Celebrated by critics and opera aficionados, the singer is finally reaching a larger audience with recent recordings, like her CD of Schubert, Hayden, and Mozart lieder. She joins Fresh Air to talk about her technique, and the differences between singing lieder and opera.

28:01

Soprano Jessye Norman

The African American diva says she faced few racial barriers in the opera world. She credits the work of black singers who came before her, as well as the myriad performance opportunities available to her in Germany, for helping launch her career.

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