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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, 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.
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.