Stars of the opera world pay homage to the late pop/folk singer-songwriter John Denver on the upcoming CD, "Great Voices Sing John Denver," due out June 11.
Produced by Cherry Lane Music Publishing founder Milt Okun, the roster features legendary tenor Placido Domingo and Placido Domingo Jr. on "Perhaps Love" (a duet originally recorded by Placido senior along with Denver); soprano Danielle de Niese on "Rhymes and Reasons"; mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves on "Sunshine on My Shoulders"; bass-baritone Shenyang on "Shanghia Breezes" and baritone Nathan Gunn on "Calypso."
Gunn will be featured at Chicago's Lyric Opera next season (which kicks off in October) in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville." Also featured on the album (and headed here for the Lyric's new season) are: Patricia Racette ("Leaving on a Jet Plane") in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly"; Thomas Hampson ("Sweet Surrender") in Wagner's "Parsifal" and Evanston native Matthew Polenzani ('Per Te") in Mozart's "La clemenza di Tito."
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