George Jellinek (December 22, 1919 – January 16, 2010) was the Hungarian-born host of The Vocal Scene, a weekly syndicated radio feature produced by WQXR radio of New York City. Over three decades, from 1969 to 2004, he steadily interviewed opera singers and other figures of classical music on his show, and presented comparative recordings of arias and excerpts with commentary which the New York Times deemed "encyclopedic".
Born in Újpest, Budapest, Hungary, Jellinek was a longtime resident of the New York City area. He was also familiar to radio audiences for his appearances during intermissions on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts.
Jellinek retired from The Vocal Scene with the broadcast of December 23, 2004. On May 31, 2006, at a ceremony held at the Hungarian Consulate in New York City, he was decorated by the Hungarian Government for his lifetime contributions to the arts.
Radio station WQXR announced his death in an on-air tribute on January 18, 2010. Among his bibliography is Callas: Portrait of a Prima Donna (1960).
- Obituary in The New York Times (January 20, 2010)
- Program listings for The Vocal Scene.
- New York Times article on the Dec 23, 2004 broadcast
- New Yorker article Nov 29, 2004
- Interview in the New York Times May 27, 2007
- Two Interviews with George Jellinek, January 7, 1988 & September 17, 1995