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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Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito from Sweden

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, Richard Croft stars as the magnanimous Emperor Tito, with soprano Annemarie Kremer as Vitellia, the woman determined to either have Tito, or see him dead.


Verdi's Macbeth from Madrid

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Among the hundreds of Shakespeare-based operas, truly successful examples are astonishingly rare — a generous estimate would put the count at about half-a-dozen. Even more remarkable is that Verdi alone accounted for three of them. His Macbeth may not be heard quite so often as Otello and Falstaff, but it's still among his finest scores.


Verdi's Rigoletto from La Scala

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, Leo Nucci stars in the title role of Rigoletto, with soprano Andrea Rost as Gilda and tenor Ramón Vargas as the Duke. Riccardo Muti conducts.

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Evoking a Royal Heritage: Britten's Gloriana

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Written for the coronation of Britain's current queen, Elizabeth II, Benjamin Britten's Gloriana tells the much-repeated story of the Elisabeth I and the Earl of Essex. Listen today at 4 pm on Operavore.


A Diamond from Rough Times: Verdi's I Masnadieri

Thursday, September 26, 2013

World of Opera presents I Masnadieri from historic La Fenice, in Venice, Italy. Soprano Maria Agresta and tenor Andeka Gorrotxategui star as a pair of lovers whose severely dysfunctional family life makes their romance more than a little bit hazardous

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A Captive in Control: Rossini's 'L'Italiana in Algeri'

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic drama follows a wealthy and murderous crook as he engages in a doomed romance with his cousin. It's a hot-blooded, messy affair with an array of brilliant musical numbers and arias tailored for the opera's first leading lady, ...


Puccini's Madame Butterfly from Barcelona

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream: this production comes from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and stars Hui He as Cio Cio San and Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton.


Handel's Agrippina from the Flemish Opera

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, the Flemish Opera presents Handel's Agrippina, starring mezzo Ann Hallenberg in the title role and Umberto Chiummo as Cladius.

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Rossini's The Lady of the Lake from Covent Garden

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore Stream, hear Rossini's The Lady of the Lake, with a starry cast that includes soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role, and Juan Diego Flórez as Uberto.

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Verdi's A Masked Ball from Stockholm

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, the Royal Opera in Stockholm presents Verdi's opera A Masked Ball, about the murder of a European king. 


Wagner's The Flying Dutchman from Naples

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Perhaps Wagner's most straightforward and approachable opera, The Flying Dutchman is presented today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream.


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.