Operavore is WQXR's digital 24/7 audio stream, blog and weekly radio show devoted to opera. The stream features a continuous mix of classic and contemporary opera recordings. The blog features breaking news, commentary and reviews by writers Fred Plotkin, David Patrick Stearns, Marion Lignana Rosenberg and Amanda Angel. The show, hosted by Naomi Lewin, features opera news bulletins, recording features, and interviews with the players and personalities on the scene.

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Richard Strauss's Arabella

Saturday, April 19, 2014

This Saturday at noon, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Richard Strauss Arabella live. This performance stars Swedish soprano Malin Bystrom and German baritone Michael Volle, who is making his Met debut.

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The Ladies of Strauss's Operas

Saturday, April 19, 2014

This Saturday at 11:30 am, we're talking about women and Strauss. Host Naomi Lewin will explore composer Richard Strauss's relationship to women through his many female opera characters.

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Substance Battles Spectacle, in Meyerbeer's L'Africaine

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This week, World of Opera presents L'Africaine in a production from one of opera's most glamorous destinations, La Fenice in Venice. The stars are soprano Veronica Simeoni and tenor Gregory Kunde.

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Voices of Experience: How Singers Protect Their Most Important Asset

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In observance of World Voice Day (April 16), blogger Fred Plotkin asks several physicians, writers and singers about maintaining vocal health during periods of travel or vocal use.

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Review: Tenors Florez, Brownlee Offer New Albums

Saturday, April 12, 2014

For more than a decade, Peruvian Juan Diego Florez and American Lawrence Brownlee have been the world's leading bel canto tenors. Now in their early 40s, they have released new albums.

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Dishing on the Diva with Joyce DiDonato

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Divas are the stars of opera and the stuff of legend. This week, we revisit an interview with American mezzo Joyce DiDonato about the fun of being a drama queen on stage.

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Giordano's Andrea Chénier

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Today at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Umberto Giordano's verismo love story, Andrea Chénier, starring Marcelo Álvarez and Patricia Racette.

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Throwback Thursday: Geraldine Farrar (#tbt)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to American soprano Geraldine Farrar.

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Handel's Rodelinda from ENO

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This week on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone takes us to London for the English National Opera's production of George Frideric Handel's Rodelinda.

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Paris's Opéra Bastille at 25

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Parisians often like to hate on their charmless, 1980's opera house, the Opéra Bastille. But Fred Plotkin believes the house has been a boon to the surrounding area and has served many productions well.

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John Shirley-Quirk, Elegant English Bass-Baritone, Dies at 82

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

John Shirley-Quirk, a singer known for his elegant, mellow bass-baritone which he frequently applied to English repertoire, died on Monday in Bath, England. He was 82.

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Soprano Debuts in Two Met Opera Roles Within Day

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Kristine Opolais got to bed at 5 a.m. Saturday after singing her first Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera and going out for dinner. Just 2 1/2 hours later, the Latvian soprano was awakened by Peter Gelb.

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In Uncertain Times, Grassroots Opera Keeps it Nimble

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Host Naomi Lewin speaks with several representatives from the world of small, artist-driven opera companies—representing "grassroots opera." Listen to the archived show.

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Puccini's La Boheme

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Today at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts one of the all-time blockbusters in its repertory: Franco Zeffirelli’s take on Puccini's La Boheme. It features a notable last-minute cast change.

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From the Archives: George Shirley Interviews Marian Anderson

Friday, April 04, 2014

Today marks the 75th anniversary of opera singer Marian Anderson's historic Lincoln Memorial concert. Listen to a 1974 interview with Anderson on WQXR.

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Tenor Juan Diego Flórez Cancels Met Appearances

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The company said on Thursday that the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena will take his place in the role of Prince Ramiro.

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In London, Opera Stays in the Conversation

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Visits to London are bracing because it is a place where ideas ferment and people seem engaged with culture as a means of understanding who they are, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Throwback Thursday: Lauritz Melchior (#tbt)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt (Throwback Thursday) artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to Danish tenor Lauritz Melchior.

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Singer to Watch: Layla Claire

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Canadian soprano Layla Claire is fast developing a reputation as a Mozart interpreter. We caught up with Claire to discuss Canada, Mozart and her opinion on live broadcasts.

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Review: At Metropolitan Opera Contest, Steely Nerves and Second Chances

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's annual stars-of-tomorrow event is often a prelude to a house contract. David Patrick Stearns assesses the talent on display on Sunday.

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