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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.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
This week’s production is from the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Italy. Hear Matilde di Shabran on Thursday at 4 pm, repeated Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 1 pm on the Operavore stream.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Though Jaromir Weinberger died in Florida and composed a number of works with American themes, he was born in Prague, and this charming folk opera remains his most famous work.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The original version of A Masked Ball so offended Italian censors that Verdi eventually picked up the whole story and moved it all the way to Boston. No matter where it takes place, the drama is bolstered by one of Verdi's most heartfelt scores, and an illicit love affair as passionate as you'll find in any of his operas.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Can an opera be passionate without shrieking mad scenes, rousing marches and crashing cadences? The answer is yes, and this emotional marvel by Debussy proves it.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
The stars are mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch in the enigmatic title role; soprano Diana Damrau as the vindictive actress Philine; and tenor Paolo Fanale as Wilhelm.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Today on the Operavore stream, Martin y Soler’s Il burbero di buon cuore (The Kind-Hearted Grouch) in a performance from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
George Bizet's masterpiece Carmen, may have a greater selection of hummable tunes than any other opera, and also the purest, most smoldering brand of passion.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, World of Opera presents Massenet's Werther in an unusual production from the Montreal Opera.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Ludwig van Beethoven spent as much time on his only opera as some composers did on their entire portfolios -- and it shows. Fidelio is one of opera's greatest stories of salvation, both literal and spiritual.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
This new production of Falstaff features baritone Ambrogio Maestri in the title role, soprano Ana Maria Martinez as Alice Ford, and mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Mistress Quickly.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The individual, one-act dramas of Puccini's Il Trittico are all popular in their own right. Yet we seldom get the chance that this production offers: to hear all three operas in one sitting, as the composer first envisioned.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
This production of Handel's Orlando from La Monnaie, features Belgium's B'Rock Baroque Orchestra, led by conductor René Jacobs.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
This Verdi rarity comes from the Montpellier Festival in France and stars soprano Olga Mykytenko and tenor Alfred Kim as a pair of lovers with a dysfunctional family life.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
It's not often we get to hear the premiere of a 275-year-old piece by one of history's most beloved composers, but that what we've got in this performance of a newly reconstructed opera by Vivaldi.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Joseph Haydn wrote a surprising number of operas, including La Vera Costanza. Today at 1 pm, listen to a production by the Royal Wallonie Opera in Liège, Belgium.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
With Teseo, Handel ventured into the world of operatic special effects in a drama filled with magical transformations and supernatural interventions, all reinforced by one of the composer's most vibrant scores.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Today at 4 pm: Bass-baritones Robert Hale and Johannes Martin Kränzle are Wotan and Alberich, respectively, whose vengeful anger sets the entire story of Wagner's Ring in motion.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham sings the title role, with baritone Russell Braun as her brother Orestes, in a Canadian Opera Company production led by conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.