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Mozart's 'Così fan tutte' From Barcelona

Thursday, October 15, 2015

On this edition of World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone brings us Mozart's "Così fan tutte" in a production from the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona. 

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Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' From Choregies d'Orange Festival

Thursday, October 08, 2015

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Verdi's "Il Trovatore" in a production from the 2015 Choregies d'Orange Festival.

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Today: Hear the 'William Tell' Which Caused an Uproar

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Today on the Operavore stream, tune in for what has been the most talked-about production of 2015: Damiano Michieletto's controversial update of Rossini's "William Tell."

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Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky From the Aix-en-Provence Festival

Thursday, September 24, 2015

World of Opera presents Tchaikovsky's fanciful one-act opera "Iolanta," and Stravinsky's uniquely evocative melodrama "Persephone," in a double bill from the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

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Mozart's 'The Abduction from the Seraglio' From the Proms

Thursday, September 17, 2015

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "The Abduction from the Seraglio" in a Glyndebourne Festival production, presented as part of the 2015 BBC Proms concerts in London.

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Gounod's 'Cinq-Mars' From Munich

Thursday, September 10, 2015

On World of Opera, Gounod's rarely performed historical drama "Cinq-Mars" comes to us from the Prince Regent Theater in Munich.

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Verdi's 'Luisa Miller' From Hamburg

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Always drawn to the greatest and most challenging literature, Verdi based this compelling drama on a play by Friederich Schiller.

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Chausson's 'King Arthur' From the Bastille Opera

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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.

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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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