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Riccardo Muti Quits as Rome Opera Conductor

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The conductor Riccardo Muti has abrupty resigned as the chief conductor of the Rome Opera, citing ongoing management and labor turmoil at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
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Operavore

Planet Opera: Going to the Sources

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

One can learn a lot about operas by going to the cities where they are set. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers Tosca's Rome, Carmen's Seville and the natural world of Wagner.
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PRI's The World

You'd better watch where you walk the next time you visit the Vatican

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Vatican is dense with art and history — every arch, piece of art and ceiling has a story to tell. But so do the floors, which are easy to miss. Whether paved with marble from the Coliseum or sporting mosaics from ancient villas, the floors of the Vatican have much to tell.

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World of Opera

Handel's Agrippina

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, hear Handel's Agrippina from the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona. The production features mezzo-sopranos Sarah Connolly and Malena Ernman and conductor Harry Bicket.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why the Classics Matter

Monday, September 16, 2013

Classicist Mary Beard talks about Greek and Roman history and why it still matters. In Confronting the Classics, she explores our rich classical heritage—from Greek drama to Roman jokes, from Alexander the Great to the great writers Thucydides, Cicero.

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Operavore

Planet Opera: There is No Place Like Rome

Monday, December 24, 2012

This glorious city, capital of the nation that gave birth to opera, has long been considered second-tier musically when compared to Milan, Venice and Naples. All of a sudden, though, that has changed.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Life and Legacy of Cato

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni tell the history of Marcus Porcius Cato, the last man standing when Rome’s Republic fell to tyranny. Their biography, Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar, resonates deeply with our own turbulent times. Cato grappled with terrorists, a debt crisis, endemic political corruption, and a huge gulf between the elites and those they governed.

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The Takeaway

Negative Campaigns and Big Money: Election Season in the Ancient World

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Attack ads have become part and parcel of the modern political process, but it turns out negative campaigning has a much longer history, one that began centuries ago. Ellen Millender, professor of classics and humanities at Reed College explains why Greek and Roman politicians might feel at home in modern Washington. 

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Operavore

The Top 10 Operas Set in Rome

Sunday, June 17, 2012

With Woody Allen taking us to the Eternal City in To Rome, With Love, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the top 10 operas set in Rome.

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The Takeaway

Crisis Management In The Vatican

Thursday, June 07, 2012

First there were sexual abuse cover ups. Then there was a string of private letters and documents published in Italian newspapers called "Vatileaks" suggesting trouble in Rome. Now the Catholic Church has condemned an influential group of American nuns for promoting radical feminist themes." How is the Church handling this worsening public relations disaster?

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Judith Thurman on Cleopatra

Monday, November 08, 2010

Judith Thurman on Cleopatra.

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The Takeaway

Tales of a Traveling First Family

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Obamas arrived back home this weekend after a two-week trip through Europe and Africa. Michelle Obama with her mom and two kids joined the president in Moscow, and from there went to Italy and Ghana. While the president's schedule was widely publicized, The Takeaway looks at what the rest of the family was up to. Lynn Sweet, who writes the column The Daily Flotus for Politics Daily and is Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, talks about what the first family did on the trip.

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The Takeaway

The Pope and the President

Friday, July 10, 2009

President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican today. Catholics supported President Obama in the U.S. during the elections— he won the majority of their votes. But there continues to be friction between Catholics and the president over the issue of abortion. Joining The Takeaway is BBC Rome Correspondent David Willey who is at the Vatican today. Also joining the conversation is Cathleen Kaveny, the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Theology at Notre Dame University.

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The Takeaway

In the Eyes of the Pope, Profit as Sin

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Tomorrow President Obama heads to Italy for the opening of the G8 summit. He will meet with Pope Benedict, who has just issued a new encyclical calling for a new financial world order. In the paper, called "Charity in Truth," the Pope draws on traditional Catholic teaching in rebuking the profit-at-all-costs mentality of the global economy. Greed is a mortal sin, after all. For more, The Takeaway talks to David Willey, Rome correspondent for our partners the BBC.

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The Takeaway

Mr. Diaz Goes To The Vatican

Friday, May 29, 2009

President Obama has nominated Miguel Diaz, a Cuban-American theology professor from Minnesota, as the new ambassador to the Vatican. If confirmed by the Senate, Diaz will be the first Latino to fill this post. He will also be inheriting a position that has been vacant since the January departure of Mary Ann Glendon, a Bush appointee and a staunch abortion opponent. David Willey, BBC's Rome correspondent joins us with more.

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The Takeaway

Pope Benedict's Pilgrimage of Peace to Israel

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Israel today after spending three days in neighboring Jordan. Israeli leaders, including President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, gathered to greet the Pontiff at the airport. But the Pope's visit is not without controversy. After he arrived in Israel, the Pope called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian homeland, a stance that could strain his mission of easing relations between the Vatican and Jews. For more we turn to the BBC's Rome correspondent and Pope watcher, David Willey.

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