World of Opera

Airs Thursdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 1 pm on the Operavore stream.

World of Opera with host Lisa Simeone brings listeners the world of tragedy and triumph, passion and seduction, intrigue and disaster, jealousies and dreams — the world of opera — every week on WQXR's Operavore stream.

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Verdi's 'Macbeth' From Paris

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Verdi's "Macbeth" in a production from the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris, starring baritone Roberto Frontali in the title role.

Mozart's 'La Finta Semplice' From Munich

Thursday, June 25, 2015

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Mozart's "La Finta Semplice" in a production from the Prinzregenten Theater in Munich.

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Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale' From Vienna

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Donizetti wrote a number of irresistible comedies and this sparkling score may be the best of them all. From Vienna, Juan Diego Florez and Valentina Nafornita star.

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Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' From the Royal Opera House

Thursday, June 11, 2015

While Mozart's "The Magic Flute" is fun for kids, it's also a very adult look at the conflict between lightness and dark, and how difficult it can be to distinguish which is which.

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Bellini's 'I Puritani' From Vienna

Thursday, June 04, 2015

On World of Opera, hear a production of "I Puritani" from the Vienna State Opera. It features a stand-out performance by soprano Olga Peretyatko in the high-flying role of Elvira.

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Halévy's 'La Juive' From Vienna

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Host Lisa Simeone presents Halévy's "La Juive" from the Vienna State Opera. The stars are tenor Neil Shicoff as Eléazar and soprano Soile Isokoski as Rachel, the opera's title character.

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Wagner's 'The Flying Dutchman' From Royal Opera House

Thursday, May 21, 2015

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London.

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Bellini's 'The Capulets and the Montagues' From Venice

Thursday, May 14, 2015

On World of Opera, hear Bellini's "The Capulets and the Montagues" from the same theater that staged the opera's world premiere in 1830, La Fenice in Venice.

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A Double Bill From the Royal Theater in Turin

Thursday, May 07, 2015

This unusual double bill features Puccini's "Suor Angelica" and Granados' "Goyescas" from the Teatrio Regio in Turin, Italy.

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Nicolai's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' From Belgium

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Using the same story that later inspired Verdi's "Falstaff," Nicolai's colorful score combines the sparkle of Italian opera with the budding style of German romanticism.

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Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro' From Turin

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Deep down, as with many of Mozart's comedies, "The Marriage of Figaro" isn't as funny as it first seems, with plenty of telling human foibles all lurking beneath a slapstick veneer.

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Bellini's 'Norma' From Barcelona

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky stars as Bellini's Norma in a production from the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona.

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Rossini's 'Tancredi' From Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Host Lisa Simeone presents a production of Rossini's "Tancredi" from the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.

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Giordano's Andrea Chénier From the Royal Opera House

Thursday, April 02, 2015

In Giordano's revolutionary potboiler "Andrea Chénier," love and politics vie for the hero's soul, vividly demonstrating how both of those passions can be dangerous to one's health.

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Bellini's La Straniera From Vienna

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Host Lisa Simeone presents "La Straniera" from the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. Soprano Marlis Petersen sings the challenging title role.

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Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera From the Royal Opera House

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Host Lisa Simeone presents "A Masked Ball" from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London.

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Gounod's Romeo and Juliet From Madrid

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Host Lisa Simeone presents Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet" in a production from the Royal Theater in Madrid. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva and tenor Roberto Alagna star in the title roles.

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Mussorgsky's Kovanshchina From Vienna

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Mussorgsky followed up on his popular epic "Boris Godunov" with his colorful drama, "Kovanshchina," which delves deeply into a complex and fascinating era of Russian history.

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Bizet's The Pearl Fishers From Vienna

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers" premiered in 1863 and, like "Carmen," it got a rocky reception. Still, there was one prominent critic who saw things differently right from the start.

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Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos From Vienna on Operavore

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Strauss' 'Ariadne auf Naxos' on the Operavore stream featuring Vienna State Opera in a production led by conductor Christian Thieleman. Tune in at 1pm ET.

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Beethoven's Fidelio From La Scala

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Beethoven spent as much time on his only opera as some composers did on their entire portfolios. "Fidelio" is one of opera's greatest stories of salvation.

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