Fred Calland, 75, a senior producer at National Public Radio when he retired in 1989 and a recognized expert in classic music and opera, died Oct. 22 at his home in Fairfax. He had prostate cancer.

Mr. Calland was NPR's only music producer when he joined the network in 1970.

Among the shows he created and hosted were "World of Opera," "International Concert Hall" and "Grand Piano."

During the last decade, Mr. Calland occasionally served as a host or commentator on NPR.

He taught classes in opera appreciation at American and George Mason universities.

Mr. Calland was born in Columbus, Ohio. During World War II, he was stationed in Europe with the Army.

He received a bachelor's degree in education in 1949 from Ohio State University.

He was a German teacher in Columbus before becoming music director of a Columbus station from 1955 to 1966.

Mr. Calland then worked at a station in Amherst, Mass., until NPR hired him.

His avocations included quiltmaking, and his most recent exhibition was in September at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum.

Mr. Calland was a member of the Association of Recorded Sound Collectors and the board of the Quilters Hall of Fame.

His wife, Diana Calland, died in 1994.

Survivors include six sisters, Ann Calland of Fairfax, Jean A. Neff of Dayton, Ohio, Dorothy M. Fraccaro of Chicago, Marti Haskett of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Betty C. Jackson and Meg Metts, both of Columbus; and two brothers, Robert M. Calland of Solana Beach, Calif., and William N. Calland of Mount Vernon, Ohio.