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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The Voyage to Reims From the Rossini-in-Wildbad Festival

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Rossini's "The Journey to Reims" from the 2014 Rossini-in-Wildbad Festival, in Bad-Wildbad, Germany.

Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades From Munich

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This week hear Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades from the Philharmonie in Munich, with tenor Misha Didyk as Hermann and soprano Tatiana Serjan as Lisa.

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Mozart's Idomeneo From the Vienna State Opera

Thursday, December 04, 2014

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Mozart's trendsetting, and trend-breaking "Idomeneo," from the Vienna State Opera.

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Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov From Helsinki

Thursday, November 27, 2014

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Boris Godunov from the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki.

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Armida From the Rossini Opera Festival

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hear Rossini's Armida straight from the source, the annual Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy, the composer's hometown.

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Tchaikovsky's The Enchantress From Vienna

Thursday, November 13, 2014

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Tchaikovsky's fascinating drama "The Enchantress" from the historic Theater an der Wien in Vienna.

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Donizetti 's Maria Stuarda From the Royal Opera House

Thursday, November 06, 2014

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "Maria Stuarda" from the same city where much of the history it portrays actually took place.

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The Barber of Seville From the Rossini Opera Festival

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On World of Opera host Lisa Simeone presents Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" from the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the composer's hometown in Italy.

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Puccini's Manon Lescaut From Germany's Festival Hall

Thursday, October 23, 2014

This production of Puccini's "Manon Lescau" from Germany's Baden-Baden Easter Festival comes to us belatedly, but it's worth the wait, with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role.    

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Verdi's Il Trovatore From the Salzburg Festival

Thursday, October 16, 2014

On World of Opera hear Verdi's "Il Trovatore" in a production from the 2014 Salzburg Festival, featuring a cast that made it one of the operatic year's most anticipated events.

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Mozart's Cosí fan tutte From Milan

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Deceptively complex, Mozart's comic farce Cosí fan tutte leaves many listeners a little bit queasy, pondering the future of their most treasured relationships.

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Strauss's Salome From the BBC Proms

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, host Lisa Simeone presents "Salome" from one of the many cities where it was initially banned.

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Rameau's Castor and Pollux from the Berlioz Opera House

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Host Lisa Simeone presents Rameau's "Castor and Pollux" from the Berlioz Opera House at the Montpellier Festival in France.

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Verdi's Otello from the Théâtre Antique in France

Thursday, September 18, 2014

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "Otello" from one a venue that lives up to its name, the 2000-year-old Théâtre Antique in Orange, France.

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Catalani's La Wally From the Grand Theater of Geneva

Thursday, September 11, 2014

While you may think you haven't heard La Wally before, you most likely have heard at least part of it.

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Wagner's Das Rheingold from the Bayreuth Festival

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, Das Rheingold gets Wagner's monumental Ring cycle off to a rousing start, in a broadcast from the 2014 Bayreuth Festival.

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Donizetti's Caterina Cornaro From the Radio France and Montpellier Festival

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Though it's not one of Donizetti's better known scores, the concise drama and pure, emotional energy of this opera make it one of his most compelling.

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Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten From Covent Garden

Thursday, August 21, 2014

While it has often been overshadowed by the composer's more famous dramas, many Richard Strauss aficionados consider The Woman Without a Shadow to be his finest opera.

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Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea from Paris

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream: Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea proves that passion was plentiful in the opera house long before Verdi and Puccini hit the scene — and that virtue doesn't always win out in the end.

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Agostino Steffani's Niobe From Germany's Broadcasting Hall

Thursday, August 07, 2014

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Agostino Steffani's rarely heard gem Niobe is colorful jumble of devious politics, lively comedy and passionate romance, all tempered by the wrath of the gods. It's also one of the most accomplished operas of its time, employing a musical style that seems to bridge the artistic worlds of Monteverdi and Handel.

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Rossini's Tancredi From the Champs-Elysées Theatre

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, join us for Rossini's revised tragic version of Tancredi, starring Marie-Nicole Lemieux and featuring the Radio France Philharmonic.

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