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.
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.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
This week World of Opera presents what many consider the greatest "date opera" ever written. Inva Mula and Vittorio Grigolo star as Mimi and Rodolfo.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Verdi's La Forza del Destino, a vivid exploration of fate, is relentless drama of politics, passion and revenge, brought to the stage by a highly-accomplished international cast.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, this production by Boston Baroque stars countertenor Owen Willetts and soprano Mary Wilson in the title roles.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Yes, Georges Bizet did write something besides Carmen. Hector Berlioz described The Pearl Fishers, Bizet's "other" opera, as "beautiful and expressive ... filled with fire and rich coloring."
Thursday, January 17, 2013
This production comes from one of the world's premiere opera destinations, the historic La Fenice in Venice. Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Having recently made headlines for his divorce to soprano Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna gets our attention for another reason in this broadcast of Donizetti's comic romp.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Donizetti wrote any number of irresistible comedies and this sparkling score may be the best of them all. Hear it today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Described by George Frideric Handel as an opera "in the manner of an oratorio," Semele has something for everyone. It's written and sung in English, befitting its original Covent Garden billing as an "English oratorio," yet it shares the Italian opera style that made Handel one of the most popular composers of his time.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Born in England, Frederick Delius wrote music inspired by his wide-ranging life and locales ranging from the sunshine of Florida to the fiords of Norway. In this opera, A Village Romeo and Juliet, he takes the traditional story of star-crossed lovers and transplants it to a quiet hamlet in Switzerland.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Deeply rooted in his country's colorful history, Modest Mussorgsky's epic Boris Godunov may be the most famous of all Russian operas. Austrian bass Günther Groissböck sings the tormented title character in a lush production from the historic Teatro Real, or Royal Theater, in Madrid.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
In Verdi's sensational drama Rigoletto, he reveals his lifelong affinity for touching, father-daughter relationships, yet does so in a story that also serves up over-the-top passion and appalling violence — all conveyed in music that careens vividly through its characters' wildly contrasting emotions.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
In Tchaikovsky’s drama The Enchantress, the title character is a brazen seductress who eventually finds redemption in true love, but in the process brings tragedy to an entire family.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Jean-Philippe Rameau's spectacular, globetrotting drama Les Indes Galantes features extravagant scenes in locales ranging from a Turkish island in the Indian Ocean, to the Inca Empire of Peru, to a Persian festival of flowers and the "savage" forests of North America.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Bellini's fifth opera, Zaira, was the first of his scores to get a somewhat cool reception at its premiere. Still, its tragic, cross-cultural story has particular resonance in today's world.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
A brooding masterpiece, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's dark drama Eugene Onegin deals with a caddish aristocrat whose indifference towards others turns full circle, and comes back to destroy him.