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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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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.


Rossini's Le Comte Ory

Thursday, April 03, 2014

This week on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Le Comte Ory from the Lyon Opera in France, regarded as one of Gioachino Rossini's wittiest comedic operas.


Innocence in La Sonnambula

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This week, World of Opera presents La Sonnambula from the Grand Liceu Theatre in Barcelona starring Juan Diego Flórez and soprano Patrizia Ciofi, in a performance led by Daniel Oren.

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Fate Takes Hold in Verdi's Forza del Destino

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This week on World of Opera,  Verdi's La Forza del Destino in a production from the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, featuring Anja Harteros and Jonas Kauffmann.

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Enchantment in Massenet's Cendrillon

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Today at 4 pm, World of Opera presents Cendrillon from the Grand Liceu Theatre in Barcelona, starring Joyce DiDonato as Cinderella and  Alice Coote as the young Prince Charming.


Gounod's Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, March 06, 2014

This week, on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Gounod's Romeo and Juliet in a production from the Royal Wallonie Opera in Liège, Belgium.


The Sicilian Vespers at Covent Garden

Thursday, February 27, 2014

This week on World of Opera host Lisa Simeone takes us to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for a brand new production of Verdi's The Sicilian Vespers.


A Most Popular Aria: The Flower Duet in Delibes' Lakme

Thursday, February 20, 2014

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This week on World of Opera, we'll hear the famous "Flower Duet" straight from the source, when host Lisa Simeone presents a complete production of Lakmé from Switzerland's Lausanne Opera.

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A Perfect Marriage: Le Nozze di Figaro

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This week on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents The Marriage of Figaro from Switzerland's Grand Theatre of Geneva.


Gluck's Alceste, The Anti- 'Opera Seria'

Thursday, February 06, 2014

World of Opera takes us to the Palais Garnier in Paris for Christoph Gluck's Alceste. Soprano Sophie Koch sings the title role in a production featuring the Musciens du Louvre, led by Marc Minkowski.


La Traviata at La Scala's Opening Night

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, hear La Traviata from La Scala in Milan. The production features soprano Diane Damrau and tenor Piotr Beczala and conductor Daniele Gatti.



Handel's Agrippina

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, hear Handel's Agrippina from the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona. The production features mezzo-sopranos Sarah Connolly and Malena Ernman and conductor Harry Bicket.


Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The story may be a little silly and extremely politically incorrect, but nobody did wackiness better, more beautifully, or with finer comedic instinct than Rossini in this sparkling score.


Brilliance Seldom Heard: Vivaldi's The Coronation of Dario

Thursday, January 09, 2014

World of Opera brings us one of Vivaldi's lesser known works, The Coronation of Dario. The production comes from the International Baroque Opera Festival in Beaune, France.


Mozart's Masonic Mystery: The Magic Flute

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, a Magic Flute with soprano Christiane Karg and tenor Andrew Staples as Tamina and Pamino, bass Peter Rose as Sarastro, and soprano Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen of the Night.


Rossini: The Barber of Seville

Thursday, December 26, 2013

For the final World of Opera of 2013, the Royal Theater in Turin presents Rossini's The Barber of Seville.


Massenet Catches the Verismo Wave

Thursday, December 19, 2013

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Massenet's Thérèse and La Navarraise in a highly-entertaining double bill from the Wexford Festival in Ireland.


Gluck's Armide from the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Regarded as the most action-packed of Gluck's major operas, Armide's drama also boasts a complex and fascinating title character and a uniquely flowing musical style. The composer considered it "perhaps the finest of all my works."


Puccini's Le Villi and La Boheme from both sides of the Atlantic

Thursday, December 05, 2013

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Both La Boheme and the revised, two-act version of Le Villi premiered at the same theater — the Teatro Regio, or Royal Theater, in Turin. World of Opera will be visiting that theater for the second half of a Puccini double bill. To begin this week's program host Lisa Simeone takes us to Charleston, S.C., and the 2013 Spoleto Festival USA for Le Villi. The production features soprano Jennifer Rowley as Anna and tenor Dinyar Vinya as Roberto.


Handel's Almira from the Boston Early Music Festival

Thursday, November 28, 2013

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With Almira, Handel's very first opera, he demonstrated that he had all the necessary tools to become one of history's great opera composers — when he was just 19-years-old. Almira premiered in Hamburg in 1705, and the score combines French, German and Italian operatic styles, with a result that's pure Handel.