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Saturday at the Opera

Wagner's Siegfried from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Keith Warner's production of the third opera in Wagner's epic Ring cycle combines elemental forces with contemporary concern.

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Reflections from the Keyboard

When Opera is Translated for Piano

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This edition of Reflections from the Keyboard focuses on operatic transcriptions for the piano, complete with a few rarities.

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Saturday at the Opera

Wagner's Die Walkure from the Royal Opera

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Today at 1 pm: Bryn Terfel is Wotan, Lord of the Gods. Susan Bullock is Brünnhilde, while Simon O'Neill and Eva-Maria Westbroek are Siegmund and Sieglinde. Sarah Connolly is Fricka.

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Features

Clash of the Titans: An Exploration of Verdi & Wagner

Friday, October 04, 2013

Tonight at 9 pm, tune in for a special broadcast of this one-hour program exploring the differences between this year's big anniversary composers: Wagner and his contemporary Verdi.

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Reflections from the Keyboard

Wagneriana

Thursday, October 03, 2013

This week, Reflections from the Keyboard considers Richard Wagner with piano transcriptions of his work. See if you like your Wagner piano-ized instead of vocalized and orchestrated.

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Wagner Explained in 2.5 Minutes

Saturday, September 21, 2013

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This week's cartoon gives you the whole Ring in an extremely non-Wagnerian length -- two-and-a-half minutes.

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Saturday at the Opera

Wagner's Das Rheingold

Saturday, September 21, 2013

This production of Das Rheingold is the second installment in our fall series from the Royal Opera House in London. Bryn Terfel is Wotan and Sarah Connolly is Fricka.

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WQXR Blog

Pope's Playlist: Pontiff Reveals Classical Favorites

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pope Francis, long reputed to be an opera lover, has opened up about his tastes in classical music, which turn out to be remarkably voracious and specific.

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Operavore

Boston Opera? It's Wicked Good, Says Odyssey Opera Founder

Thursday, September 12, 2013

On Sunday, a new opera company will make its début in Boston: Odyssey Opera, founded by conductor Gil Rose. Their first offering is ambitious, writes Marion Rosenberg.

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Operavore

In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Lucerne

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"It is in this idyllic Swiss city on a lake, more than anywhere I have yet been, that I have felt the presence of Richard Wagner and the sources of his inspiration," writes Fred Plotkin.

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Operavore

Falling In Love Again (with Opera): A Preview of New York's Autumn Opera Events

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

While the big-ticket, big-cast productions on the autumn opera calendar can speak for themselves, Fred Plotkin calls attention to some works in between that are of particular interest.

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Saturday at the Opera

Wagner’s Lohengrin

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturday at 1 pm, American tenor and Wagner veteran Brandon Jovanovich stars as the title role in San Francisco Opera’s production of Lohengrin. Watch a video preview.

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World of Opera

Wagner's The Flying Dutchman from Naples

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Perhaps Wagner's most straightforward and approachable opera, The Flying Dutchman is presented today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream.

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WQXR Features

Wagner Week: A Dozen Definitive Wagner Interpreters

Sunday, July 28, 2013

To close the week of all-things Wagner, WQXR brings you the most definitive Wagner interpreters. From 8 am to 7 pm, we offer 12 Wagnerian conductors and performers from various recordings.

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Saturday at the Opera

Wagner's The Flying Dutchman

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Icelandic baritone Tomas Tomasson stars as the title role in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman presented by Los Angeles Opera. Tomasson’s character faces a curse that can only be broken by the beautiful Senta.

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Movies on the Radio

Richard Wagner at the Movies

Saturday, July 27, 2013

"The Ride of the Valkyries" was used famously in "Apocalypse Now," but it also showed up in Russ Meyers' "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," and in Ennio Morricone's score for the Spaghetti Western "My Name Is Nobody."

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WQXR Features

Wagner Week: Becoming a Pop Culture Staple

Saturday, July 27, 2013

"If Wagner had lived in this century, he would have been the No. 1 film composer," the Hollywood composer Max Steiner once said. Today, we explore some of many film and television appropriations of Wagner's work.

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Operavore

In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Zürich (Part II)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wagner's relationship with Otto Wesendonck, his most important financial backer, and the young and beautiful Mathilde Wesendonck, who became his most important muse, made for real drama, writes Fred Plotkin.

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WQXR Features

Wagner Week: The Non-Operatic Music

Friday, July 26, 2013

Today we go beyond the "hits" and consider the neglected corners of his catalog, including his overtures, marches, a piano sonata and even a Symphony in C.

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Operavore

New Wagner Books Offer Mysteries, Eroticism and Worship

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Those inclined to hyperbole claim that only Jesus, Napoléon and Adolf Hitler have caused more ink (and pixels) to be spilled than Richard Wagner.

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