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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Chausson's 'King Arthur' From the Bastille Opera

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Chausson's "King Arthur" in an all-star production from the Bastille Opera in Paris, the composer's hometown.

Mozart's 'La Clemenza di Tito' from Paris

Thursday, August 20, 2015

On Operavore Saturday hear the characters in Mozart's final opera discover that when it seems things could hardly go more horribly, everything can still turn out fine.

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Puccini's 'La Boheme' From the Royal Opera House

Thursday, August 13, 2015

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "La Boheme" from one of opera's most prestigious venues, in a performance featuring one of today's operatic superstars.

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Gounod's 'Faust' From Turin

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Goethe's immortal drama "Faust" — with it's legendary deal with the devil — has been adapted in countless ways, but few if any can match the power and romance of Gounod's opera.

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Double Feature: Szymanowski's 'King Roger' and Rossini's 'L'Inganno Felice'

Thursday, July 30, 2015

World of Opera this week presents a double feature of Szymanowski's "King Roger" from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Rossini's "L'Inganno Felice" from La Fenice in Venice.

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Gluck's 'Alceste' From Venice

Thursday, July 23, 2015

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "Alceste" in a production from historic La Fenice in Venice.

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Strauss's 'Elektra' From Vienna

Thursday, July 16, 2015

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone brings us Strauss's "Elektra" in a production from the Vienna State Opera.

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Rossini's 'A Turk in Italy' From Turin

Thursday, July 09, 2015

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Rossini's "The Turk in Italy" from one of Italy's finest regional theaters.

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Verdi's 'Macbeth' From Paris

Thursday, July 02, 2015

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.

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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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