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New Sounds Listener Poll 2013 Results

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The results are in, and thanks to all of the listeners who submitted their short-lists. Here's the rebuttal to last night’s program where we present what you, the listeners, have chosen as the best new music releases of 2013. Listen for some world music-inflected jazz, an acoustic piano trio (also Radiolab favorites), and two poignant records on themes of war and its aftermath.  Find out who emerged victorious from this year's contest on the 29th annual New Sounds Listener Poll show.

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New Sounds

John Schaefer's Annual Top Ten -2013 edition

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2013. There will probably be something by a Russian pianist/composer and a Tibetan singer, perhaps some music from a guitarist/composer who also plays in the National, and a vocalist/composer who practically creates choruses of herself.  Also, listen for music from the IDM world with gamelan-like percussion, as well as Indo-jazz music from a South Asian suite. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

2012 Overlooked International News

Friday, November 30, 2012

Joshua Keating, associate editor at Foreign Policy, talks about his list of the top ten overlooked stories in 2012 from around the world.

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Operavore

The Top 10 French Aria Recordings

Monday, July 09, 2012

With Bastille Day less than a week off, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at the ten greatest French recital recordings.

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Operavore

Top 10 Most Miserable Opera Characters

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Misery loves company, which leaves it in good, well, company in the world of opera. Read on for Olivia Giovetti's ten most miserable characters in the canon, and leave your own nominations.

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Operavore

The Top 10 Rossini Operas You Probably Haven't Heard

Monday, February 06, 2012

Rossini's William Tell and Barber of Seville are among the most popular operas of all time. But what about the other 37 in his catalog? Blogger Olivia Giovetti names the top ten rare Rossini operas.

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Operavore

The Top 10 Mad Scenes in Opera

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

As Anna Bolena returns to the Met next month, blogger Olivia Giovetti considers its pivotal mad scene and names ten others that have made their mark on the history of opera.

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Operavore

The Top 10 Roles We'd Like to See Domingo Take on Next

Thursday, January 12, 2012

With Plácido Domingo's newest role under his belt and the tenor's 71st birthday approaching, blogger Olivia Giovetti names her top ten picks for the next additions to his CV.

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Operavore

The Top 10 Operatic Drinking Songs

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sidle up to a sidecar, take a Manhattan or just unwind with a wine as we get into the New Year's spirit with a countdown of opera's ten best drinking tunes.

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Operavore

The Top 15 Operatic Moments For Which I'm Most Thankful

Monday, November 21, 2011

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, blogger Olivia Giovetti offers up the top fifteen moments in opera for which she gives thanks -- from Pique Dame to Nixon in China.

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Operavore

The Top 10 Movies that Should Be Operas

Friday, November 11, 2011

Saturday marked the world premiere of Silent Night at the Minnesota Opera, based on the 2005 film Joeux Noel. Olivia Giovetti names her top ten picks for movies to be given the opera treatment.

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Operavore

The Top 10 Opera Villains

Monday, October 31, 2011

In honor of Halloween, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the top ten dastardly demons that drive opera plots. Read on for her picks and to name your own favorites.

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Operavore

The Top 10 Operas Written in the Last 10 Years

Monday, October 17, 2011

As SONiC: Sounds of a New Century takes over New York with over 100 works written in the last ten years, blogger Olivia Giovetti names the finest operatic achievements of the past decade.

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Operavore

The Top 10 Politically-Charged Moments in Verdi's Operas

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Murder... Vengeance... Religious Strife: Giuseppe Verdi had something for everyone. With Nabucco underway at the Metropolitan Opera, blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the political side of the composer.

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Operavore

Top 10 Recent American Novels that Would Make Amazing Operas

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

With Elevator Repair Service's run of their Hemingway-based The Select (The Sun Also Rises), Olivia Giovetti considers the lyrical tendencies of recent American novels and their operatic potential. 

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Operavore

The Top 10 Dysfunctional Families in Opera

Monday, August 29, 2011

Think the family in Our Idiot Brother is slightly screwball? They have nothing on some of opera's divinest dysfunctional dynasties. Read Olivia Giovetti's top 10 picks and discuss!

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Operavore

Top 10 Underrated Puccini Arias

Monday, August 22, 2011

Puccini's La Rondine will be featured this Tuesday at the Metropolitan Opera's Summer HD Festival. This got us thinking. Puccini wrote some of the standard-est of standard canon arias. But what are his lesser-known, underrated arias? Olivia Giovetti names her Top 10.

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Operavore

When Opera Goes Pop

Sunday, August 21, 2011

WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti continues her exploration of opera in pop culture with a top 10 roundup of operatic references in non-operatic music. Read on for her picks and be sure to submit your own.

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Operavore

When Opera Meets Tinseltown

Monday, August 08, 2011

Olivia Giovetti counts down the top 15 greatest opera moments in film, from Maria Callas in Philadelphia and Mascagni in Raging Bull to the sounds of Puccini in Fatal Attraction and Moonstruck.

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Operavore

You Can Do That on Television

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Many Americans who have never set foot in an opera house know popular arias through TV shows like Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons and Gilligan’s Island. Read about the top ten operatic references on TV and share your own favorites.

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