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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Röschmann Stars in 'Jenufa' from Vienna

This week, Dorothea Röschmann takes on the title role in Janacek's devastating 'Jenufa' from the Vienna State Opera, with Angela Denoke as her mother, Kostelnicka.

Verdi's 'Otello' from Barcelona

Thursday, July 21, 2016

This week, Lisa Simeone hosts a production of "Otello," presented in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, from the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona.

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Rossini's 'Otello' from Barcelona

Thursday, July 14, 2016

This week, Lisa Simeone hosts a performance Rossini's 'Otello,' the other opera based on Shakespeare's play, from the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona.

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Dudamel Leads 'Turandot' from Vienna

Thursday, July 07, 2016

This week on World of Opera, Gustavo Dudamel makes his debut at the Vienna State Opera house, conducting Puccini's final opera, 'Turandot.'


Verdi's 'Macbeth' from Vienna

Thursday, June 30, 2016

This week, host Lisa Simeone presents Verdi's 'Macbeth' from the Vienna State Opera, starring George Petean, Tatiana Serjan and Ferruccio Furlanetto.


Handel's 'Alcina' from the Opera of Nations in Geneva

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lisa Simeone hosts Handel's 'Alcina,' starring soprano Nicole Cabell in the title role, from the United Nations' neighboring opera house in Geneva.


Godard's 'Dante' from Munich

Thursday, June 16, 2016

This week, World of Opera presents 'Dante,' a 19th-century French opera by Benjamin Godard based on the life of the great Italian poet. Lisa Simeone hosts.


Placido Domingo Stars in Verdi's 'Il Due Foscari'

Thursday, June 09, 2016

This week on World of Opera, legendary singer Placido Domingo performs Verdi's 'Il Due Foscari' from the Liceu opera house in Barcelona.


Cavalli's 'Veremonda' from the Spoletto Festival

Thursday, June 02, 2016

The Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston presents Francesco Cavalli's 17th-century masterpiece, 'Veremonda, l'amazzone di aragona,' hosted by Lisa Simeone.

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Piotr Beczala and Anja Harteros Star in 'Un Ballo in Maschera'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

This week, World of Opera presents Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera' from the Bavarian State Opera with conductor Zubin Mehta, tenor Piotr Beczala and soprano Anja Harteros.

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Juan Diego Flórez Stars in 'Romeo and Juliet' from Vienna

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Marco Armiliato conducts Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet' from the Vienna State Opera with Juan Diego Flórez and Marina Rebeka as Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers.


Wagner's 'Das Liebesverbot' from Madrid

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ivor Bolton conducts Wagner's early opera, 'Das Liebesverbot,' from Madrid's Teatro Real.


Daniele Rustioni Conducts Verdi's 'Stiffelio' from Venice

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Verdi's once-neglected opera, a controversial tale of a pastor and his unfaithful wife, is broadcast from Venice's La Fenice. 

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Sweden's Göteborg Opera Presents 'Madama Butterfly'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This week, Operavore presents Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly,' conducted by Manlio Benzi at the Göteborg Opera in western Sweden.


Janáček's 'Cunning Little Vixen' from Turin

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lisa Simeone hosts Janáček's fairy-tale opera about a wily fox from the Teatro Regio in Turin.


Dmitri Hvorostovsky Takes on the Title Role in ROH's 'Eugene Onegin'

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Covent Garden presents Tchaikovsky's opera based on the Pushkin novel, starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Michael Fabiano and Ferruccio Furlanetto.


La Scala Opening Night Features Verdi's 'Joan of Arc'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Soprano Anna Netrebko leads a strong cast in Verdi's 'Joan of Arc,' recorded live on opening night of La Scala's 2015-16 season. Riccardo Chailly conducts the production.

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Britten's 'Peter Grimes' from Vienna

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Joseph Kaiser portrays the troubled title character in Benjamin Britten's haunting masterpiece, 'Peter Grimes,' presented at Vienna's Theater an der Wien.


Mozart's 'Idomeneo' from La Fenice

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Conductor Jeffery Tate leads this performance of Mozart's 'Idomeneo' — an opera whose mythological subject belies its trendsetting form — from Venice's La Fenice. 


'La Traviata' from Teatro di San Carlo, Naples

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lisa Simeone hosts this presentation of Verdi's beloved 'La Traviata' from an 18th-century Italian opera house in Naples.

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Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with Ensemble La Fenice

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Host Lisa Simone presents arguably the first opera ever written, Monteverdi's 'L'Orfeo,' from the Toroella de Montgri Music Festival in Spain.