If Opera’s Your Thing, This Is For You

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The Metropolitan Opera and WQXR, New York’s all-Classical music station, announce Aria Code, a new 10-episode podcast series that pulls the curtain back on some of opera’s most legendary arias. Aria Code debuts on Tuesday, December 4 with an episode dedicated to Verdi’s La Traviata – a new production of which also opens that night at the Met.

Each episode features an introduction from host and guide Rhiannon Giddens, the MacArthur Genius and Grammy Award-winning folk singer and musician. Listeners will also hear from world-renowned opera stars. In addition, there will be insights from experts from a variety of fields on the music’s historical, philosophical, and cultural significance. The podcast ends with the complete and uninterrupted aria.

“I studied opera at the Oberlin Conservatory and fell hard for the music,” said Giddens. “Even though I’ve branched out in very different directions, opera stayed with me and I wanted to figure out why. In Aria Code, we really get inside these arias – decoding them with singers and other experts to understand the magic. I’m so excited to take listeners on this journey.”

“Opera is one of the most passionate and dramatic musical forms, but it can present certain barriers for the uninitiated,” said Matt Abramovitz, Vice President, Programming, WQXR. “We strive every day at WQXR to make classical music and opera more accessible to a broader audience, on-air, online and via podcasts.”

Aria Code will be available at AriaCode.org, Apple Podcasts, PocketCasts, and all other platforms where podcasts are available. New episodes will be released weekly through February 6.

Episode Guide:

EPISODE 1 (December 4, 2018)
Opera:             Verdi: La Traviata
Aria:                 È strano … Sempre libera
Performer:     Diana Damrau

EPISODE 2 (December 12, 2018)
Opera:             Verdi: Otello
Aria:                 Dio! Mi potevi scagliar
Performer:     Plácido Domingo

EPISODE 3 (December 19, 2018)
Opera:             Puccini: La Bohème
Aria:                 Che gelida manina
Performer:     Vittorio Grigolo

EPISODE 4 (December 26, 2018)
Opera:             Puccini: Tosca
Aria:                 Vissi d’arte
Performer:     Sondra Radvanovsky

EPISODE 5 (January 2, 2019)
Opera:              Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
Aria:                  Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix
Performer:      Elīna Garanča

EPISODE 6 (January 9, 2019)
Opera:              Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment
Aria:                  Ah! Mes amis
Performer:      Javier Camarena

EPISODE 7 (January 16, 2019)
Opera:              Verdi: Rigoletto
Aria:                  Caro nome
Performer:      Nadine Sierra

EPISODE 8 (January 23, 2019)
Opera:             Massenet: Cendrillon & Rossini: La Cenerentola
Aria:                 Enfin, je suis ici & Non più mesta

EPISODE 9 (January 30, 2019)
Opera:             Bizet: Carmen
Aria:                 La fleur que tu m’avais jetée
Performer:     Roberto Alagna

EPISODE 10 (February 6, 2019)
Opera:             Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Aria:                 The Queen of the Night aria
Performer:     Kathryn Lewek