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

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.


John Eliot Gardiner Conducts Star-Studded 'Orphée et Eurydice'

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Juan Diego Flórez, Lucy Crowe and Amanda Forsythe star in Gluck's 'Orphée et Eurydice' from Covent Garden.


Roberto Alagna Stars in 'The Elixir of Love' from Paris

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Roberto Alagna stars as Nemorino in the Bastille Opera's production of 'The Elixir of Love' from Paris.

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Dutoit Conducts Ravel Double Bill from Geneva

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lisa Simeone hosts a performance of Ravel's 'L'Heure Espagnole' and 'L'Enfant et les Sortilèges' from Geneva's Victoria Hall.


Verdi's 'Ernani' from Liége, Belgium

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Host Lisa Simeone presents Verdi's Ernani, based on Victor Hugo's tale of a woman and three men who love her.


Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades' from Rome

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Host Lisa Simeone presents "The Queen of Spades" from the Rome Opera, led by conductor Paolo Arrivabeni.


Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' From Barcelona

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Host Lisa Simeone presents Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in a production from the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona.


Berlioz's 'Les Troyens' From the Hamburg State Opera

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Host Lisa Simeone presents Berlioz's "Les Troyens" from the Hamburg State Opera. The stars are mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova and tenor Torsten Kerl as Dido and Aeneas.


Massenet's 'Werther' From the Salzburg Festival

Thursday, January 14, 2016

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Massenet's "Werther" in a production from the Salzburg Festival. Tenor Piotr Beczala stars in the title role.


Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' From Switzerland

Thursday, January 07, 2016

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Rossini's "La Cenerentola" from the Lausanne Opera in Switzerland.


John Adams' 'El Niño' From the Spoleto Festival USA

Thursday, December 31, 2015

On the Operavore stream this week hear the Christmas story as envisioned by John Adams, arguably America's best-known living composer.