He Sang/She Sang

New episodes every Tuesday.

He Sang/She Sang is a new podcast from WQXR for the opera-curious and opera superfans who want to know what all those big voices are really singing about. The podcast follows the radio broadcast season of the Metropolitan Opera with a weekly roundtable chat that discusses the plots, characters, music, productions, social significance and great performances of that week's opera.

Following the Met's radio broadcast season, He Sang/She Sang will dive into the new productions of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Rossini’s William Tell, the Met premiere of an opera by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and fan favorites by Verdi, Puccini and Mozart.

He Sang/She Sang is hosted by Merrin Lazyan and Michael Shobe, with appearances by superstar soprano Anna Netrebko, Met Opera tenor Stuart Skelton, WQXR hosts Jeff Spurgeon and Nimet Habachy, BBC 3 host Clemency Burton Hill and others.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Verdi's 'Aida'

Merrin Lazyan speaks with stage director David Paul about the surprising intimacy of Verdi's grand and spectacular "Aida."

Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast about Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde'

Thursday, April 06, 2017

This week, we turn to Wagner's transcendent masterpiece to explore the two most powerful forces guiding our lives: love and death.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Beethoven's 'Fidelio'

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Clarinetist Jessica Phillips and soprano Adrianne Pieczonka share their favorite moments from "Fidelio," an opera that captures Beethoven's revolutionary sound and spirit. 

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Mozart's 'Idomeneo'

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

World-renowned mezzo Alice Coote shares her thoughts on fate, forbidden love, and cross-dressing.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Rossini's 'William Tell'

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rossini fanatic Fred Plotkin and set designer George Tsypin reflect on nature and freedom in Rossini's final opera, "William Tell."

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast about Verdi's 'La Traviata'

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

This week on He Sang/She Sang, we hear why baritone Thomas Hampson believes that "La Traviata" is one of the greatest operas ever written. 

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast about Massenet's 'Werther'

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

This week on He Sang/She Sang, we speak with writer James Kuslan and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard about lust, longing, and the magnetic power of love at first sight.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast about Dvorak's 'Rusalka'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This week on He Sang/She Sang, we dive into the magical water world of Dvorak's "Rusalka," including an interview with soprano Kristine Opolais.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Bellini's 'I Puritani'

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This week on He Sang/She Sang, we peer beneath the manic plot of I Puritani and discover the bel canto beauty of Bellini's music. 

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Bizet's 'Carmen'

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

 On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, hear all about the seductive power of Bizet's 'Carmen.' 

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast about Verdi's 'Rigoletto'

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

This week, the He Sang/She Sang team talk with Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer and soprano Olga Peretyatko about Verdi's Rigoletto.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast about Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville'

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This week, the He Sang/She Sang team is joined by WQXR morning show host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss Rossini's hilarious and delightful opera, "The Barber of Seville."

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He Sang/She Sang Bonus Episode with Diana Damrau

Thursday, January 19, 2017

On this special bonus episode of He Sang/She Sang, soprano Diana Damrau shares her insights about love, family and the secret to staying young at heart.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet'

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This week, the He Sang/She Sang team is joined by WQXR morning show host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet."

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Puccini's Most-Loved Opera

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, soprano Ailyn Pérez and bass Edward Hanlon discuss one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire, Puccini's "La Bohème."

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast about the Opera that got Verdi back in the game

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

"Nabucco" is the opera that got Verdi back in the game, but its premiere almost didn't happen. Hear the story and more on this week's podcast.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Rossini's 'L'Italiana in Algeri'

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, author Fred Plotkin, soprano Ying Fang and mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb discuss Rossini's masterpiece "L'Italiana in Algeri."

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel'

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang podcast, hear how a story about a child-eating witch became a Christmas classic.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Salome's Lust, Murder and Mutilation

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hear all about one the crazier operas out there: "Salome" by Richard Strauss. Hosts Mike Shobe and Merrin Lazyan speak with soprano Patricia Racette and music writer Paul Thomason. 

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Saariaho's 'L'Amour de Loin'

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Get ready for the Met Opera's new production of Kaija Saariaho's "L'Amour de Loin." The composer joins us in the studio to discuss the opera.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut'

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On the premiere episode of He Sang/She Sang, we are a go for Puccini's Manon Lescaut.

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