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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, November 01, 2012
Truly successful operas based on Shakespeare are astonishingly rare — a generous estimate would put the count at about half-a-dozen. Even more remarkable is that Giuseppe 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.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Richard Wagner's Rienzi is an early, grand opera, written before he launched his revolutionary journey into the world of "music drama" that we now think of as uniquely Wagnerian. The story is a deadly blend of piety and politics, set in 14th century Rome.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
From this past year’s Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., this week’s World Of Opera performance is the American premiere production and English language world premiere of Kepler, Philip Glass's dynamic new drama, rooted in the life and inspirational ideas of the 17-century mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore has a raft of over-the-top characters populating a story so complex and unlikely, it could be fairly described either as incomprehensible or implausible, if not both. That hardlyt seems like a recipe for success. But the perplexingly beautiful drama also boats so many of Verdi's finest tunes that it's hard to keep track of them all.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Today at 4 pm on Operavore, Glinka's story of a humble peasant who sacrificed himself to save the Russian tsar early in the 1600s.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Today on the Operavore stream: this production was staged in the round at London's Royal Albert Hall, and recorded at the 2012 BBC Proms. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment backs a mostly young cast.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Today on the Operavore stream, a performance of Britten's Peter Grimes from London's Royal Albert Hall, recorded at the 2012 BBC Proms Concerts.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
From the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Purcell's The Fairy Queen, based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, but altered to make room for self-contained musical scenes.
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.