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 on WQXR's Operavore stream.

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Massenet Catches the Verismo Wave

Thursday, December 19, 2013

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Massenet's Thérèse and La Navarraise in a highly-entertaining double bill from the Wexford Festival in Ireland.


Gluck's Armide from the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Regarded as the most action-packed of Gluck's major operas, Armide's drama also boasts a complex and fascinating title character and a uniquely flowing musical style. The composer considered it "perhaps the finest of all my works."


Puccini's Le Villi and La Boheme from both sides of the Atlantic

Thursday, December 05, 2013

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Both La Boheme and the revised, two-act version of Le Villi premiered at the same theater — the Teatro Regio, or Royal Theater, in Turin. World of Opera will be visiting that theater for the second half of a Puccini double bill. To begin this week's program host Lisa Simeone takes us to Charleston, S.C., and the 2013 Spoleto Festival USA for Le Villi. The production features soprano Jennifer Rowley as Anna and tenor Dinyar Vinya as Roberto.


Handel's Almira from the Boston Early Music Festival

Thursday, November 28, 2013

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With Almira, Handel's very first opera, he demonstrated that he had all the necessary tools to become one of history's great opera composers — when he was just 19-years-old. Almira premiered in Hamburg in 1705, and the score combines French, German and Italian operatic styles, with a result that's pure Handel.


Britten's Billy Budd from Sweden

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth and World of Opera celebrates with one of his most profound dramas.


Haydn's La Vera Costanza from Germany's Haydn Festival

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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Though known today mainly as an instrumental composer, Joseph Haydn wrote a surprising number of operas, including his accomplished drama La Vera Costanza, the story of a determined young woman whose devotion to a secret marriage nearly leads to her tragic death.


Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice from Boston Baroque

Thursday, November 07, 2013

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Of Gluck's two interpretations of the Orpheus story, Orphée, the French version, is probably the more striking — with a famous, bravura aria and couple of well-know ballet numbers. But the Italian version Orfeo ed Euridice was the original and is widely regarded as Gluck's masterpiece. Its premiere in 1762, was a landmark event in 18th century musical theater.


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 dysfun...

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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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