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

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.

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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Verdi's Nabucco from the Grand Theater of Geneva

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, World of Opera presents Nabucco from Switzerland's Grand Theatre of Geneva. Baritone Lucio Gallo stars in the title role.

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Gounod's Faust From London's Royal Opera House

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Listen to the Operavore Stream at 5pm ET Sunday to Gounod's popular musical representation of the immortal story of Faust recorded at the Royal Opera House.

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Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin from Bologna

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today at 1 pm on the Operavore stream, World of Opera presents Eugene Onegin from one of Italy's many fine regional opera houses.

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Verdi's Luisa Miller From Switzerland

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Host Lisa Simeone presents this early, now-neglected gem by Verdi in a production from Switzerland's Lausanne Opera. The stars are soprano Lana Kos in the title role, with tenor Giuseppe Gipali as Rodolfo, in a production led by conductor Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.

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Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito From Venice

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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The characters in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, his final opera, discover that even when it seems things could hardly go more horribly, disastrously wrong, everything can eventually turn out just fine — thanks to this drama's generous, and almost surreally tolerant title character. 

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Bohuslav Martinu's Mirandolina from Ostrava

Thursday, June 19, 2014

World of Opera presents Mirandolina in a production by the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, presented in the Antonin Dvorak Theatre in Ostrava. Listen on the Operavore stream.

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Rossini's William Tell from Turin

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The cast features baritone Dalibor Jenis in the title role, with tenor John Osborn as Arnold Melcthal and soprano Angela Meade as Mathilde, in a production led by conductor Gianandrea Noseda.

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Rimsky-Korsakov's Kitezh

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Today at 4 pm on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone brings us The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh in a production from the Grand Liceu Theatre in Barcelona.

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Double Feature: Orfeo meets Orfeo ed Euridice

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, World of Opera brings us a fascinating double bill featuring Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo and Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice.

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Wagner's Youthful Das Liebesverbot

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Richard Wagner once called his second opera, Das Liebesverbot, a "sin of my youth." Was he being self-effacing? Find out today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream.

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Puccini's Tosca

Thursday, May 15, 2014

This week on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Tosca from the Royal Theater in Turin, Italy. Soprano Anna Pirozzi stars in the title role with Marco Berti as Cavaradossi and Marco Vratogna as Scarpia.

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Lyrical Epic: Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Today at 4 pm on World of Opera, hear The Tsar's Bride from La Scala. The production stars Olga Peretyatko and is conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

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Comedic Drama in Mozart's Don Giovanni

Thursday, May 01, 2014

This week, World of Opera presents Don Giovanni from London's Royal Opera House, starring baritone Mariusz Kwiecen and sopranos Malin Byström and Véronique Gens.

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Passion at a Price: Massenet's Manon

Thursday, April 24, 2014

On this edition of World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Manon from the Malmö Opera in Sweden, starring soprano Georgia Jarman as Manon and tenor Joachim Bäckström as Des Grieux.

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Substance Battles Spectacle, in Meyerbeer's L'Africaine

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This week, World of Opera presents L'Africaine in a production from one of opera's most glamorous destinations, La Fenice in Venice. The stars are soprano Veronica Simeoni and tenor Gregory Kunde.

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Handel's Rodelinda from ENO

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This week on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone takes us to London for the English National Opera's production of George Frideric Handel's Rodelinda.

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