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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.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
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.
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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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.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Tune into the Operavore stream at 4pm ET, and hear the Paris National Opera Orchestra perform Strauss' final 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
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.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Today at 4 pm on Operavore, World of Opera host Lisa Simeone brings us the Shostakovich orchestration of Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina, in a lavish production from the Bastille Opera in Paris.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
This year marks Verdi's 200th birthday and the yearlong celebration continues with one of his most beloved operas La Traviata, in a performance from the historic Real Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, a theater with a history dating back to the mid-1700s.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Leoš Janáček was in his 60s, at an age when many are thinking of retirement, when the surprise success of Jenůfa first brought him widespread fame. The opera is an undoubted masterpiece, telling a disturbing, yet strangely inspiring story of multiple betrayals, gruesome murder and ultimate, if unlikely, forgiveness.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
This week's episode on the Operavore stream features a Göteborg Opera production of Bellini's The Capulets and the Montagues from Sweden.