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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Shakespeare and Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How well do you know your William? Are you brainy about the Bard? Before WQXR marks Shakespeare's 451st birthday, take our quiz.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Kevin Spacey on Richard III and Francis Underwood

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kevin Spacey discusses collaborating with director Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company to document their staging of Shakespeare's "Richard III" across three continents and in over 200 performances. He also talks about playing Frank Underwood in "House of Cards."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Shakespeare in America

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro reveals the ways Shakespeare has influenced the United States’ literary heritage. His anthology Shakespeare in America reveals how, for over two centuries, the plays have been a prism through which crucial American issues—revolution, slavery, war, social justice—were debated and understood. American statesmen and presidents from John Adams to Bill Clinton offer their own testimonies to Shakespeare’s profound and enduring influence.

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Operavore

Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with Operavore

Monday, April 21, 2014

In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday we're celebrating his work on the operatic stage. Tune into the Operavore stream every day this week at 2 pm to hear an opera based on his plays.

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Exploring Music

Inspired by Shakespeare

Monday, April 21, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin samples from the wealth of music inspired by the Bard’s verse, including pieces written by Purcell, Dvorák, Berlioz and Bernstein.

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Albums of the Week

Three New Releases to Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

Friday, April 18, 2014

William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, which falls on Wednesday, provides an opportunity to spotlight some lesser-known repertoire that has been inspired by the Bard of Avon.

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Studio 360

Olivier Had it Wrong: Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation

Friday, April 11, 2014

David and Ben Crystal, a father and son team, have recreated what they say is the original pronunciation — OP, they call it: how Shakespeare’s plays would have been sounded around 1600. How did they achieve this Jurassic Park-like resurrection of a long-dead accent? David, the elder Crystal, is a linguistic scholar ...

Bonus Track: Kurt’s extended conversation with David and Ben Crystal

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Studio 360

Under the Skin & a Pop-Up Game of Thrones

Friday, April 11, 2014

If Scarlett Johansson pulled up in a van, would you get in? Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi film Under The Skin casts the starlet as an alien prowling the streets of Edinburgh for human flesh. A paper engineer takes pop-up books into new territory with a Game of Thrones book (but it’s ...

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Studio 360

Enough with the Shakespeare? 8 Playwrights You Ought to Know About

Friday, April 04, 2014

It’s curious to note how few plays are ever performed that date between Shakespeare’s death and 1879, when Ibsen’s A Doll’s House premiered. Is there some alternative canon of classic plays American theaters ought to be presenting? The Elizabethan theater was full of ...

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Studio 360

Rap Lyrics on Trial & Too Much Shakespeare?

Friday, April 04, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare — the Bard would be 450 this month. But after centuries dominating the world’s theaters, could you give anyone else a place on the stage? Could we try Marlowe in the Park, or an Oregon Centlivre Festival? Plus, another rapper goes on trial for lyrics that ...

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Studio 360

“Hamlet is a Mess”: George C. Wolfe on Shakespeare

Friday, April 04, 2014

In one of Studio 360’s very first episodes, Kurt Andersen spoke with George C. Wolfe about the resurgence of Shakespeare’s plays in American cultural life over the last few decades. Wolfe was then the artistic director of the New York Shakespeare Festival, and remains one of the most influential ...

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: I Am Hamlet

Friday, April 04, 2014

As a teenager, Jeff House watched Christopher Plummer play Hamlet on TV with his big sister, who was enthralled; House was nonplussed. “The language didn't make sense,” he remembers. And the hero was all doom and gloom, consumed by questions about the nature of existence ...

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World of Opera

Gounod's Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, March 06, 2014

This week, on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Gounod's Romeo and Juliet in a production from the Royal Wallonie Opera in Liège, Belgium.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Shakespeare in Song

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The one-two punch of words plus music gives choral music its power. And when the words come from William Shakespeare, the music is all the more inspired.

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Studio 360

Tarell Alvin McCraney Rewrites History

Friday, February 28, 2014

For a new production of Antony and Cleopatra, Tarell Alvin McCraney wanted his audiences to have more immediate access to the colonial background of the story, so he took it out of Rome and Egypt and transplanted it to colonial Haiti, on the brink of revolution against France. ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frank Langella as King Lear

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Frank Langella talks about playing King Lear in BAM’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear.” It’s playing through February 9. 

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Metropolitan Opera

Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, December 21, 2013

This Saturday at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera broadcast revisits Benjamin Britten's magical A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

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Studio 360

Julie Taymor's Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday, December 20, 2013

In 2002, Julie Taymor was the new Queen of Broadway: a MacArthur genius and the creator of The Lion King, which became the most lucrative Broadway musical of all time. But soon after, she was hired to create what became the most notorious Broadway debacle in recent years ...

Bonus Track: Spider-Man — behind-the-scenes

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Paul Chahidi in Twelfth Night and Richard III

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The actors discuss their roles in Shakespeare’s Globe repertory productions of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III on Broadway.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Julie Taymor's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor discusses directing Theatre for a New Audience’s inaugural production of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

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