Airs on Saturdays at 12:30 pm on WQXR with an encore at 1:30 pm on Mondays on the Operavore stream.

Operavore keeps its finger on the pulse of the international opera scene. We offer interviews with the players and personalities on the scene, news bulletins from the around the globe and reviews of operas in New York.

Marilyn Horne, the legendary mezzo-soprano, is on hand to give an insider’s take on stories and productions; other regular guests include Parterre Box blogger James Jorden. WQXR's Naomi Lewin hosts.


The show extends Operavore’s online offerings, which include the Operavore blog, and our all-opera webstream.

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Dishing on the Diva with Joyce DiDonato

Divas are the stars of opera and the stuff of legend. This week, we revisit an interview with American mezzo Joyce DiDonato about the fun of being a drama queen on stage.

In Uncertain Times, Grassroots Opera Keeps it Nimble

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Host Naomi Lewin speaks with several representatives from the world of small, artist-driven opera companies—representing "grassroots opera." Listen to the archived show.

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l'italiana Mirella Freni

Saturday, March 29, 2014

This Saturday at 12:30 pm, Italian soprano Mirella Freni talks about growing up in Italy, her career onstage and in film, and her husband Nicolai Ghiaurov.

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Saturday: Thomas Hampson on Mahler and Berg

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday at 12:30 pm Thomas Hampson joins the Operavore Show to discuss Wozzeck as the opera that Gustav Mahler never wrote. 

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Soprano Deborah Voigt and Pianist Brian Zeger on the Recital

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This Saturday at 12:30 pm soprano Deborah Voigt and pianist/coach Brian Zeger discuss the difficulty and power of the recital format.

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John Kander Speaks with Candor to Marilyn Horne

Saturday, March 08, 2014

This Saturday at 12:30 pm, Marilyn Horne speaks with Broadway composer John Kander about the opera he loves – and reveals why he never composed for the art form.

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Lanzapolooza! A Celebration of Mario Lanza

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Before the Academy Awards, this Saturday at 11:30 on WQXR host Marilyn Horne reviews the life of an opera star whose career was made by the movies.

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Listen: Soprano Deborah Voigt Interviews Soprano Angela Meade

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Guest host Deborah Voigt joins us to interview soprano Angela Meade about her recent career milestones. And Voigt talks about her own influences as a singer.

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Opera Valentines

Saturday, February 08, 2014

This Saturday at 12:30 Operavore host Naomi Lewin gets us in the mood for love with music from Rigoletto, La bohème, Don Giovanni and much much more.

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On-Demand Audio: Rolando Villazón Returns

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Rolando Villazon tells Marilyn Horne about his recovery from a difficult vocal cord surgery and his professional accomplishments since then. Download a free song from his latest album of Mozart arias.

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Listen: Christine Goerke: Opera's Next Brünnhilde

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Soprano Christine Goerke will play Brunnhilde in upcoming Ring cycles in Chicago, New York and Houston. Saturday at 12:30 pm, she tells Marilyn Horne about her path to this epic leading role.


Celebrating Marilyn Horne

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Today at 12:30 pm on Operavore, we're changing it up in honor of Marilyn Horne's 80th birthday, which was on Thursday. A frequent host on Operavore, Horne is instead the main event.


Anthony Roth Costanzo: Countertenor

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Anthony Roth Costanzo talks about the rise of the countertenor and how his work on Broadway helped him to develop as an opera singer. Listen to the full show on demand.

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Martina Arroyo, Kennedy Center Honoree

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Recent Kennedy Center Honors recipient Martina Arroyo is known for her rich timbre, but, descriptions of the soprano's personality are just as vibrant. Listen to the archived show.

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'Let's Party' Playlist

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saturday at 12 noon, the Operavore show is ringing in the New Year with some of your and our favorite party records -- from a Yiddish tango to renditions of “Auld Lang Syne."

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Home for the Holidays

Saturday, December 21, 2013

This week on Operavore we're bringing opera singers into our home for Christmas with a playlist of lullabies and carols to sooth the holiday frenzy.

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Eric Owens: From Oboist to Opera Singer

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Today at 12:30 pm, Eric Owens talks about his wide-ranging career that includes roles in Verdi’s Aida, Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

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Stephanie Blythe: Grand Verdi to Intimate Songbook Standards

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Saturday at 12 pm, mezzo Stephanie Blythe talks with Marilyn Horne about her big break in opera, and about her love of the Great American songbook.

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Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, Power Couple

Saturday, November 30, 2013

This week's show considers Britten's complex legacy with guests including tenor Nicholas Phan, soprano Susanna Phillips and Richard Jarman of the Britten-Pears Foundation.

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Rudolph Giuliani, Opera Lover

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Love him or hate him, you can count on Rudy Giuliani for strong judgments and passionate opinions. We kick off season two of Operavore with Giuliani talking opera with host Marilyn Horne.

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Operavore's Greatest Hits – and Misses

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The spring season of Operavore comes to a close with a smorgasbord of highlights. Among them, three mezzos representing three generations: Marilyn Horne, Susan Graham and Joyce DiDonato.