World of Opera

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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.

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Martin y Soler’s The Kind-Hearted Grouch from Barcelona

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.

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Bizet's Carmen from La Fenice

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.

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Massenet’s Werther from the Montreal Opera

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.

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Beethoven's Fidelio from Italy's Royal Theater

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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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.

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Verdi’s Falstaff from London's Royal Opera House

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.

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Puccini's Il Trittico from Hannover, Germany

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.

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Handel’s Orlando from Brussels

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.

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Verdi’s I Masnadieri from Montpellier, France

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.

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Vivaldi's L'Oracolo in Messenia from Krakow

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.

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Haydn’s La Vera Costanza from Belgium

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.

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Rossini's Le Comte Ory from Geneva

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Today at 1 pm on the Operavore stream, host Lisa Simeone presents a production of Le Comte Ory from Switzerland's Grand Theatre of Geneva.

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Handel’s Teseo from Germany

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.

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Wagner's Das Rheingold from Munich

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.

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Gluck's Iphigenia in Tauris from Toronto

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.

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Verdi's Otello from Vienna

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Leave it to Verdi to take a classic tragedy by Shakespeare and, if anything, make it even more powerful and heartrending. Operavore presents Verdi's Otello from the Vienna State Opera.

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Rossini's The Barber of Seville from Geneva

Thursday, April 19, 2012

With The Barber of Seville, Rossini came as close as anyone to creating a flawless operatic comedy. Operavore presents a version by the Grand Theatre of Geneva.

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Massenet's Manon from Paris

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jules Massenet wrote several stylish, witty and genuinely beautiful operas, but it was Manon that put him "on the map." It's one of two operatic versions of the tragic legend of Manon Lescaut.

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Haydn's Orlando Paladino from Brussels

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Of all Haydn's operas, this was the most popular in his lifetime and arguably his best.

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Verdi's La Forza del Destino from Paris

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Paris National Opera presents La Forza del Destino, Verdi's relentless drama of politics, passion and revenge starring soprano Violeta Urmana and tenor Marcelo Alvarez.

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Puccini's La Boheme from Florence

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Puccini's love-stoked tearjerker La Boheme, may end tragically, but the opera's multiple levels of passion and sentiment still make for a great "date night."

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