World of Opera

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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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Latest Episode / Thursday, May 21, 2015 Edit This

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

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

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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Massenet's Cléopâtre From Paris

Thursday, February 05, 2015

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Massanet's "Cléopâtre" from the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris.

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Aureliano in Palmira From the Rossini Opera Festival

Thursday, January 29, 2015

On World of Opera, Lisa Simeone presents "Aureliano in Palmira" from the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.

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Tchaikovsky's The Maid of Orleans From Moscow

Thursday, January 22, 2015

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "The Maid of Orleans" in a production from the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

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Verdi's Simon Boccanegra From Venice

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, World of Opera presents "Simone Boccanegra" from one of opera's most glamorous houses, La Fenice in Venice.

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Handel's Julius Caesar in Egypt From Turin

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, hear "Giulio Cesare," one of the many Handel operas being heard more and more often in the world's theaters.

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Donizetti's The Elixir of Love From the Royal Opera House

Thursday, January 01, 2015

There's not a lot to be taken seriously in this comic romp by Donizetti, unless, of course, you count the music.

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