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New Sounds

David Lang's "love fail"

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Using ancient and modern texts, excerpts from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and other sources, Lang retells a universal love story, both found and unfulfilled.

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30 Pieces in 30 Days

30 Pieces: Schoenberg's Moses und Aron

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This month, WQXR is taking 30 pieces from the 2014 Classical Countdown and asking music experts to give us their "next step" compositions.Today: "Moses und Aron."

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Metropolitan Opera

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Today at 12 pm, the new season of live broadcasts from the Met Opera continues with Wagner’s "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg."

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Saturday at the Opera

Wagner's Parsifal from Covent Garden

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for a broadcast of the Royal Opera House's production of Wagner's "Parsifal," based on a 13th century Arthurian legend.

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Operavore

Operatic Fish Tales (for Operavores Who Are Pescavores)

Saturday, November 01, 2014

That the hearty men and women who live with water, waves, briny air and the wondrous fauna that live beneath the surface make for vivid material for opera is no fluke.
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Albums of the Week

New Releases: Wagner for Piano, Dvorak's Sixth Symphony

Sunday, September 14, 2014

This week's featured albums focus on two different corners of late 19th century repertory: Dvorak's symphonic music and Wagner's works written and transcribed for piano.

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Saturday at the Opera

Wagner's The Flying Dutchman from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for a broadcast from the San Francisco Opera of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. It stars Greer Grimsley in the title role and soprano Lise Lindstrom as Senta.

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World of Opera

Wagner's Das Rheingold from the Bayreuth Festival

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, Das Rheingold gets Wagner's monumental Ring cycle off to a rousing start, in a broadcast from the 2014 Bayreuth Festival.

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Operavore

Planet Opera: Bayreuth's Provocative Vision of Wagner

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

After a rocky opening, the Bayreuth Festival is proving its mettle as a place where thought-provoking stagings of Wagner take place. Fred Plotkin reports.

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World of Opera

Wagner's Youthful Das Liebesverbot

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Richard Wagner once called his second opera, Das Liebesverbot, a "sin of my youth." Was he being self-effacing? Find out today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream.

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Operavore

Happy Birthday, Richard Wagner

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WQXR

With Wagner's 201st birthday on Thursday, he continues to delight and divide audiences. Tune in to WQXR and the Operavore stream to hear selections from the Wagner canon.

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Operavore

Rare Gem: Wagner Sung in an Irish Brogue

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The music of Richard Wagner has been sung in several different languages including French, Italian and English. It's also been sung with a thick Irish brogue, courtesy of tenor John McCormack.

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New Sounds

David Lang's "love fail"

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pulitzer-Prize winning composer and one of the three founders of Bang on a Can, David Lang, along with the women of vocal quartet Anonymous 4 join us to preview the work Lang had just written for the group, “love fail.” Like his “Little Match Girl Passion,” the work centers on the sound of four voices and percussion.  But in the piece, “love fail,” these components are the centerpiece of a multi-media extravaganza, including sound design, lighting design, projections and video, along with clothing and sets.

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Albums of the Week

New Releases: Simone Dinnerstein, Avi Avital, Paris Opéra

Sunday, February 02, 2014

This week's featured albums include Simone Dinnerstein's latest Bach survey, Avi Avital's chameleon-like mandolin and excerpts from Paris Opéra's 2013 Ring. Get a free download.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Music in a Democracy

Monday, January 06, 2014

From the August, 1942 WQXR Program Guide:

Editorial Note: Occasionally we receive letters from listeners who protest angrily against our broadcasting German music either orchestral or vocal. Because of the democratic implications of the problem, we have asked Ernest Angell, President of the Council for Democracy, to present his views, which he does in the following article. The Council for Democracy is dedicated to a fighting faith in democracy, and hence Mr. Angell's comments represent the considered opinion of real fighters for our present way of life.

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Operavore

Eric Owens: From Oboist to Opera Singer

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Today at 12:30 pm, Eric Owens talks about his wide-ranging career that includes roles in Verdi’s Aida, Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

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Conducting Business

Symphonies for Snoozing? When it's OK to Be Bored in Concerts

Thursday, December 12, 2013

We've all had moments when our mind has wandered during a Wagner opera, a Bruckner symphony or perhaps a long Mozart recitative.

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Saturday at the Opera

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Today at 1 pm, Houston Grand Opera presents Wagner’s classic with Ben Heppner and Nina Stemme in the starring roles.

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Saturday at the Opera

Wagner's Gotterdammerung from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Our series from the Royal Opera House concludes with the final installment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Gotterdammerung. Sit back and take in this six-plus-hour epic.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Pieces to Raise the Dead (or Undead)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

It’s not pure coincidence that classical composers wind up on soundtracks to horror flicks and slasher movies. Their music can raise the hairs of listeners even without scary special effects.

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