On Saturday, Jan. 7, WQXR will launch a continuous, all-opera web stream, giving fans a place to indulge their passions and newcomers a resource to discover what's exciting about the art form.
The channel, which will be available in the audio player at WQXR.org (marked "Operavore"), will feature a continuous, carefully programmed mix of opera arias, duets, scenes choruses and instrumental numbers.
Much of the repertoire will center on the core classics of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, but there will also be a healthy mix of Baroque opera and major works from the past 100 years.
The stream will feature recordings by today’s prominent opera stars as well as classic versions by the greats of the past. A typical day might include performances by Luciano Pavarotti, Beverly Sills, Jusi Björling, Leontyne Price, Hildegard Behrens, Montserrat Caballé, Maria Callas and Kirsten Flagstad, as well as Cecilia Bartoli, Renee Fleming, Danielle de Niese, Juan-Diego Florez, Jonas Kaufmann, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Anna Netrebko. And that’s just scratching the surface.
It should be noted that because of rights issues with record labels, we won’t be offering full-length operas just yet, but we are working on that for the not-too-distant future. We also plan to present programming in conjunction with major operatic events around New York and beyond.
The Operavore stream joins WQXR’s Operavore blog, which offers up-to-the-minute news, reviews and commentary on the world of opera. Fred Plotkin and Olivia Giovetti follow the leading performers, composers, directors and designers, both in New York and beyond.