World of Opera

Airs Thursdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 1 pm on the Operavore stream.

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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Rossini's William Tell from the Netherlands Opera

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, hear William Tell in a complete performance from one the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. The cast features baritone Nicola Alaimo in the title role.

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Verdi's Don Carlo from Covent Garden

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Fresh from its latest appearance on the Covent Garden stage in London, this production of Verdi's Don Carlo features an all-star, international cast — including tenor Jonas Kaufmann in one of his signature roles — in one of Verdi's most beautiful, and also perplexing, operas.

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Ponchielli's La Gioconda from the Bastille Opera in Paris

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Amilcare Ponchielli's masterpiece La Gioconda, a drama of politics, passion and murder, is one of opera's most delicious "guilty pleasures." Tune in at 4pm to hear it on our Operavore Stream!

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Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin from Covent Garden

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, baritone Simon Keenlyside sings the title role, with soprano Krassimira Stoyanova as Tatyana, in a production led by conductor Robin Ticciati.


Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia from Brussels

Thursday, July 04, 2013

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The historical Lucrezia Borgia may actually have been a fine, upstanding citizen. But her popular reputation isn't so sunny and it's her legacy as a notorious poisoner that Donizetti exploits in an opera featuring a title role that's both brilliant and daunting.

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Verdi's Falstaff from La Scala

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, host Lisa Simeone presents Verdi's Falstaff in a production from the same, historic venue where the opera premiered back in 1893.
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Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage from Turin

Thursday, June 20, 2013

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage in a production from the Royal Theatre in Turin, Italy.

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Strauss' Capriccio from the Paris National Opera

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tune into the Operavore stream at 4pm ET, and hear the Paris National Opera Orchestra perform Strauss' final opera.

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Dvořák's Rusalka from Sweden's Göteborg Opera

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, the World of Opera presents Dvorak's Rusalka from the Göteborg Opera in Sweden.


Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable from Covent Garden

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, tune in for Giacomo Meyerbeer's five-act extravaganza Robert le Diable from Covent Garden.


Philip Glass' Kepler from the Spoleto Festival USA

Thursday, May 23, 2013

In an encore presentation, Philip Glass's dynamic new drama Kepler, rooted in the life and inspirational ideas of the 17-century mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler.


Wagner's Das Rheingold from Covent Garden

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Das Rheingold gets Richard Wagner's monumental Ring Cycle off to a rousing start, in a quickly-paced drama introducing a fanciful world of vivid characters and world-shaping passions.


Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman from Barcelona

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Today at 4 pm on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Offenbach's magnum opus, The Tales of Hoffman, in a production from the Grand Liceu Theatre in Barcelona.


Puccini's Manon Lescaut from La Monnaie in Brussels

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Today on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone brings us Puccini's Manon Lescaut in a production from the Royal Theater of the Mint in Brussels and the Belgian National Opera.


Donizetti's La Favorite from Paris

Thursday, April 25, 2013

International intrigue is the order of the day when a novice priest turns fearsome warrior, to win the hand of a king's mistress, in Donizetti's La Favorite, a drama that combines the pomp and elegance of French grand opera with the passionate intensity of Donizetti's Italian tragedies.


Dvořák's Armida from Ostrava

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Today at 1 pm on Operavore, hear Dvořák's Armida from an ancient city in the composer's Czech homeland, in a production by the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava.

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Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani from Vienna

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today at 4 pm on Operavore: hear I Vespri Siciliani from the Vienna State Opera. The stars are soprano Angela Meade as Elena, and tenor Gregory Kunde as Arrigo.


Verdi’s Nabucco from La Scala

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Today at 4 pm on Operavore, hear Verdi's Nabucco with baritone Leo Nucci in the title role, and soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille. Nicola Luisotti conducts.


Steffani’s Niobe from Boston

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Agostino Steffani's rarely heard Niobe is a splendid jumble of comedy, tragedy, mythology and politics. 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.


Bellini's Il Pirata from Barcelona

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Regarded by many as the first truly Romantic Italian opera, Il Pirata was also Vincenzo Bellini's first indisputable hit, beginning a career that soon saw him threatening Rossini as Italy's most popular opera composer.