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Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera'

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Join us at 1 pm for a live broadcast of Verdi’s "Un Ballo in Maschera" from the Metropolitan Opera, starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ricardo Tamura.

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Operavore

Dispatch from Florence: Opera Prevails Strikes, Political Turmoil

Friday, May 01, 2015

Despite Florence's history with opera, it is not widely popular with locals or visitors, writes Fred Plotkin. Recently, Italian politics brought new complications.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Susan Graham

Thursday, April 30, 2015

We were surprised to learn that the Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano is a fan of classic rock, and sports movies!

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World of Opera

Nicolai's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' From Belgium

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Using the same story that later inspired Verdi's "Falstaff," Nicolai's colorful score combines the sparkle of Italian opera with the budding style of German romanticism.

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WNYC News

Civilian Complaint Review Boards See Uptick in Recordings of Police

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More cases involve recordings of police and how those police react to they're being recorded. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham Returns to the Met

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham talks about returning to the Metropolitan Opera to star again in the title role of Lehár’s “The Merry Widow.” 

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Operavore

2015 International Opera Awards, Richard Tucker Award Announced

Monday, April 27, 2015

Classical music's spring awards season is underway, with last week's Pulitzer Prize announcement and now, two sets of accolades from the world of opera.
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Metropolitan Opera

Today: 'Cav/Pag' from the Met Opera

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Join us today at 12:30 pm for a broadcast of opera's favorite twin bill: Pietro Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Ruggero Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci."

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Classics For Kids

Classical Music that Turned into Musical Theater

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tune into Classics for Kids this week to hear about classical pieces that inspired Broadway shows.

Operavore

The Operatic Ibsen

Friday, April 24, 2015

Henrik Ibsen's high-octane dramas and occasional comedies are the stuff of opera, writes Fred Plotkin. So why aren't there more adaptations?
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World of Opera

Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro' From Turin

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Deep down, as with many of Mozart's comedies, "The Marriage of Figaro" isn't as funny as it first seems, with plenty of telling human foibles all lurking beneath a slapstick veneer.

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Conducting Business

Michael Kaiser To Ailing Arts Groups: 'Don't Play It Safe'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"If everyone does Beethoven's Ninth or everyone does "Swan Lake," a) we get very dull, and b) there are many versions of Beethoven's Ninth that you can get online."

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Operavore

Review: Renée Fleming Makes Broadway Debut as Vain Diva in 'Living on Love'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The best moments in this mixed bag of a play are the inside-y opera ones, writes Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns.
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The Takeaway

Should Animals Have The Same Rights As People?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One advocate argues that science proves that apes, alongside elephants, dolphins and whales, are among a class of nonhuman animals that exhibit high cognitive ability.

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Operavore

How the Stars Align Around Planet Opera

Monday, April 20, 2015

A recent, bittersweet birthday party of an important European singer leads Fred Plotkin to consider the ways in which opera stars create extended circles of friends.
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Metropolitan Opera

Shostakovich’s 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk'

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Join us this Saturday at 1 pm for a rare revival of Shostakovich's searing drama "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk," heard in an archived Met Opera performance.

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Operavore

A Makeover For 'Aïda?' Revisiting a Met Repertory Staple

Friday, April 17, 2015

When should an opera production be retired and when should it be revisited and improved? Fred Plotkin gives Verdi's "Aida" a checkup.
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Operavore

Renée Fleming Sends Up Opera World in 'Living on Love'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Soprano Renée Fleming—who has worked in the worlds of opera, indie rock and even a Super Bowl — is opening next week on the Broadway. She spoke with Elliott Forrest backstage.
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World of Opera

Bellini's 'Norma' From Barcelona

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky stars as Bellini's Norma in a production from the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona.

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Operavore

Review: Met Opera's New 'Cav/Pag' Features Double Dose of Love and Death

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Like so many opening nights at the Met, the new David McVicar staging of "Cav/Pag" was more of a beginning than an arrival, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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