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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Verdi's Il Trovatore From the Salzburg Festival

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.

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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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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