Best Opera podcasts we could find (Updated August 2018)
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The Soaps takes you back to the days of soap operas of love,family drama's that provided entertainment for women as they did their daily actives at home. The Soap Opera cliffhangers kept listeners come back everyday. Join us as we go back to early radio and The Soaps.
Learn about opera and San Diego Opera's current season, hosted by Nicolas Reveles, The Geisel Director of Education and Outreach. Give us 15 minutes weekly, and we'll give you the operatic world! This podcast hosted by
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Opera After Dark
Forget what you thought you knew about classical music, and leave your preconceived notions at the door! Co-hosted by Naomi Barrettara, Elspeth Davis, and Kyle Homewood, Opera After Dark is a journey into the surprisingly wild, sometimes sexy, ALWAYS weird world of classical music. Join us as we settle in, open a bottle of wine, get tipsy, and discuss and share the crazy stories and bizarre facts about the “high art” that we love.
Podcast by English National Opera
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Operation Opera
Surprisingly honest, frank and hopefully entertaining discussions on opera and why anyone should care about a 400 year old art form.
Learn more about Opera Philadelphia productions through the informative audio magazine, In Tune with the Opera Philadelphia, a series of podcasts on upcoming pieces.
Behind-the-scenes interviews from Lyric Opera of Chicago
American conductor Douglas Kinney Frost celebrates opera through lively discussions and interviews with opera's finest talent. This podcast is designed for opera lovers and people who want to know more about the art form.
Opera Box Score
America's talk radio show about opera. Period.
Opera Reality
Do you like opera? Yeah- we do too. You like the stuffy, pompous way people talk about it? Neither do we! Your no BS guide to what it's all about!
The New Face of Opera
A comprehensive guide to the language of opera with contributions from singers, conductors, directors and vocal coaches. From BBC Radio 3, May 2010
Opera North
Get behind-the-scenes information, interviews and features from Opera North, England's most exciting opera company.
parterre box, the queer opera zine, presents extraordinary opera performances, one act at a time. Hosted by La Cieca, cultural doyenne at parterre box.
Opera For Everyone
Opera for Everyone is a radio show and podcast that makes opera understandable, accessible, & enjoyable for a mainstream audience. It airs Sundays from 9-11am (Mountain Time) on 89.1 KHOL in Jackson, WY.The show is hosted by Keely Herron and Pat Wright who were inspired to start the program after attending broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD performances sponsored by the Grand Teton Music Festival at the Center for the Arts in Jackson.Keely doesn’t know much about opera and is wo ...
Now in its 33rd season, LA Opera has become, under the leadership of General Director Plácido Domingo, the United States' fourth largest opera company.
Michigan Opera Theatre's exclusive podcasts featuring overviews and highlights of the upcoming opera and dance seasons.
Space Opera Satellite
Patrick, Casey, and Tom sit down to watch and discuss Space Opera Anime. Currently working our way through Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
Eric on Opera
The series, Eric on Opera, will focus on vocal and orchestral music, with host Eric Owens playing selections by his biggest influences, exploring different themes in opera, and inviting special guests from the opera world to join him in the studio.
Central City Opera is the fifth oldest opera company in the United States. The company produces a summer Festival every year in Central City, Colorado, featuring singers, musicians, designers, directors, and conductors at the top of their fields from all over the world. Join host Emily Murdock as she interviews the movers and shakers of the Central City Opera summer Festival.
An old theatre under new management; a diva who thinks she can sing; a young ingenue who really can; a masked man who wreaks havoc if he doesn't get his own way. Secrets, intrigues, falling chandeliers! The Phantom of the Opera is here! (Summary by Karen Savage)
Preview Houston Grand Opera's 2007/08 Season
Opera Studies
The Visiting Professorship of Opera is funded by New College, and invites leading figures in the operatic world to Oxford each year to give instruction and practice in their areas of expertise. Professors take up residence for short periods while they are involved in a variety of sessions which will include lectures, symposia, masterclasses and performance. Events are open to student and public audiences alike.A list of previous and current appointments to the Visiting Professorship, along w ...
Each week a specific opera is in focus. Liz will dip in daily to a key moment from the work and guide you through its plot, subplots and general mayhem as the story unfolds.
Join us each week as we dish the latest soap news and get up close and personal with the biggest names in daytime. Stay informed about all the soaps at and pick up a copy of Soap Opera Digest on stands now!
A Ten part mini series soap opera that mixes it up with hot women, corrupt businessmen and innocent teens.
A 12-part music drama for podcast.
The Opera Omnia Podcast dedicates each season to a incredible director and work through his Opera Omnia (or body of work) one movie at a time.
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Opera San José
Opera San José is a professional, regional opera company that is unique in the United States. Maintaining a resident company of principal artists, Opera San José specializes in showcasing the finest young professional singers in the nation. In addition to mainstage performances, Opera San José maintains extensive educational programs in schools and in the community at large, and offers preview lectures and Introduction to Opera talks for all mainstage productions.
Listen in and learn more about the nation's second oldest opera company. The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director Evans Mirageas and other special guests will help give you an insider's look on the happenings of Cincinnati Opera both on and off the stage.
Trust Scrici for a tell all, no holds barred exposé of the modern opera . . . well, modern as of . . . er . . . say, 1852. (Summary by MaryAnn)
Britten's operas are firmly established in the international repertoire: according to Operabase, they are performed worldwide more than those of any other composer born in the 20th century, and only Puccini and Richard Strauss come ahead of him if the list is extended to all operas composed after 1900. Britten went to various sources for his stories from the Bible to Japanese noh plays. This is a collection of twelve of the source stories. All but one are the original texts; the one exceptio ...
Welcome to the Backyard Space Opera Podcast, where we’re all about low budget science fiction, micro budget filmmaking, and independent science fiction and fantasy media creation. We live in a golden age where technology allows almost anyone to make and distribute high quality science fiction movies right in their own backyards. We’ll be discussing the trials and tribulations of micro budget filmmaking and how we can use classic techniques like stop animation and practical special effects in ...
Over the years, strange things have been happening at the Paris Opéra House. The new owners, M. Moncharmin and M. Richard don't know what to do about the mysterious "Opera Ghost" demanding money, nor the tragic death of the chief scene-shifter. Now the young Soprano, Christine Daae, has been kidnapped and her lover, the Vicomte de Chagny, is going mad. The opera house is falling to pieces. Could this all be the work of the mysterious Phantom of the Opera? (Summary by Charlotte Duckett)Cast:N ...
Ideal for opera lovers & people curious about opera music - live & recorded. Here you find Mozart Verdi Wagner Strauss Bizet - even Maria Callas & Janáček. News from round the world
Dum Tee Dum is a weekly podcast about The Archers that features Lucy Freeman, Roifield Brown and you.
Opera News
Let's talk about Opera news and what's going on there.
Opera Insides
A podcast about opera
Black Opera
Classical excerpts from "Local Sense Technology" (1999-2006) and "Art Prime" (2006-2016)
Every Monday, Susan Spence previews the week ahead in your favourite soaps
Opera Insights Audio
Join host Sean Rice (Second Clarinet, NAC Orchestra) as he explores the world of classical music and its great composers. In this series of audio programmes you can look forward to hearing insightful commentary about upcoming NAC Orchestra programmes as well as musical excerpts and interviews with NACO musicians and guest artists.
Magic: The Gathering Podcasts
An Opera for Carlow is a radio series produced by Athena Media for RTE Lyric FM. The series will follow a community arts project in Carlow as they write and perform an opera with the involvement of the peope of Carlow. It is produced by Helen Shaw with the support of the BCI Sound and Vision funding scheme.
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Tune in tonight at 8pm to hear Rossini's William Tell. A 1980 DECCA recording staring Sherrill Milnes, Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni.
Oliver Camacho returns from a father and son-in-law concert at the Ravinia Festival for a double-header ‘Monday Evening Quarterback’ review... Matt Cummings offers up a family feud style ‘Pop Quiz’ with disastrous results... In the ‘Two Minute Drill’, Anne Midgette follows up on her sexual harassment expose with a classical music primer, "Bel C ...…
Rigoletto is a three-act opera by Guiseppe Verdi, first performed in 1851 in Venice. In this episode we follow the story of Duke of Mantua's jester, Rigoletto. He gleefully mocks members of the court for the amusement of the Duke, earning the enmity of the courtiers, and the powerful curse of a father whose daughter the Duke has dishonored. How ...…
Onstage magic is often paired with offstage mayhem, and the history of diva worship across centuries of opera is strewn with stories of glamour and stardom, exorbitant fees, precious friendships, vicious rivalries, and hard-earned respect, all connected to seemingly superhuman voices. In today’s episode, lecturer and scholar Matthew Timmermans ...…
The NAC Orchestra has from its very early years been known outside the boundaries of Canada. In its third year of life, it made a triumphant debut in New York City. From there touring to Asia, Europe, the rest of the US and South America have won it friends and admirers. Recordings have also been part of the NAC Orchestra’s international reputa ...…
In May 2018, internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and current poet laureate of California, Dana Gioia, discussed one of his heroes, Walt Whitman, Whitman's great love of opera, and how that influenced his work.
An annual report by arts consultant Drew McManus shows that the average compensation for the music directors of sixty four American ensembles has topped $600k for the first time ever. The OBS boys ‘Crunch the Numbers’ to figure out why conductors’ salaries are on the rise... A handful of OBS alums, including Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Justin Kim, an ...…
This is Dumteedum, the show about the reality docu drama that is centered on Ambridge in the heart of the Midlands. This week we hear from Witherspoon, Blithe Spirit and Bernie.
Bizet's opera Carmen is right up there with La boheme and Aida in terms of popularity, and so it returns to SDO with a new production for us, and a brilliant new cast of young singers. In this interview with General Director David Bennett, he talks about the return of opera's favorite femme fatale!
Jake Heggie's connection with Frederica Von Stade is well known, and this was the first complete operatic role that he created for her. We are honored that Ms. Von Stade will be with us again, along with this challenging work about family...the relationships we have as opposed to the ones we wish we had. Enjoy this conversation with General Dir ...…
One of Verdi's greatest creations, Rigoletto graces our stage again after a ten-year absence. The opera was a real experiment for the composer in that it breaks with so many operatic traditions, like giving the main character an aria or two...what Rigoletto gets are monologues, making him a kind of musical Shakespearean character. Enjoy what Mr ...…
All Is Calm, a production originally conceived by Theatre Latte Da in Minneapolis, is a choral opera about a true story: the Christmas Eve cease fire in 1914, when the Allies and German troops in the trenches spent a few hours at peace, singing their favorite carols, sharing stories and even playing a soccer match. In this interview General Dir ...…
In this conversation with David Bennett, General Director of San Diego Opera, you'll hear all about the singers, the director, the conductor and this wonderful new production of Mozart's masterpiece. Figaro is both a drama and a comedy with some of the most beautiful and engaging music ever written for the stage. Enjoy!…
Tune in at 8pm to hear the delightful and funny Barber of Seville. Recorded on CETRA in 1951.
On this episode, retiring Director of Education & Community Engagement Deborah Morrow reflects on her tenure at Central City Opera. Deb has done lot, from developing new shows for school and family audiences to touring all over Colorado and Wyoming, to commissioning a Spanish-English opera for middle-school students, to creating workshops for t ...…
The National Arts Centre Orchestra has, from its conception, had a mandate beyond Ottawa, a mandate to serve all Canadians from coast to coast to coast. The key national stages for the NAC Orchestra have been broadcasting, recording and touring, to which has now been added a significant presence on the internet. As part of the national mandate ...…
On this episode, we welcome musicologist and lecturer Matthew Timmermans to the microphone, in a special mini-series created especially for our podcast listeners. Matthew has extensively researched and written about the phenomenon of diva-worship, and we are thrilled to have him share with us the legends and lore behind some of opera’s most bel ...…
This week we hear from Witherspoon, Mia, Sheila, Jane, Catherine and Northern Fingers.
Peter, Brooke and Chuck engage in an rousing roundtable about opera productions from near and far, including Opera Theater of St. Louis, Opera Saratoga and the Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as the Recipients of the Commissioning Grants for Women Composers Kamala Sankaram, Jennifer Higdon, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Michi Wiancko. Also featured on thi ...…
Matt Boresi returns as a guest co-host to help celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. Hear the team's favorite clips from the best of Bernstein and get an inside look at 'Mass', performed last weekend at the Ravinia Festival... But first, the crew react to an exhaustive -- and exhausting -- article by Anne Midgette in 'The Washington Pos ...…
On this episode, meet baritone Curt Olds, here this season for our special performances of ENCORE - A MUSICAL REVUE on August 8, 9, and 11. Curt has a long history with Central City, last seen with the company as Frank Schultz in SHOW BOAT in 2013. Still performing nationally, he is also a director, producer, and artist manager. Curt describes ...…
It’s that time of the year, when that midsummer classic the Bayreuth Festival begins once again. I will be attending this yearly ritual, and ahead of me will be performances of The Flying Dutchman, Parsifal, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and the new production of Lohengrin, directed by the first American to mount a production at the Green Hill.…
Tune in at 8pm to hear the world famous operatic double-bill Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci recorded in Turin in 1952 on the CETRA label.
On this episode, we go behind the scenes to the props department. Properties Master Kurt Tiede takes us into this fascinating area and tells us the secrets of props you’ll see onstage this season at Central City Opera. He also shares how he has to know something about everything that happens on and off stage, from the acting and singing to scen ...…
The return of the NAC Orchestra to stability and health coincides with the arrival of a superstar violinist/conductor, and a man with a huge vision for expansion and education. Pinchas Zukerman pushes the organization to a larger greatness and a new CEO, Peter Herrendorf, and Board Chair David Leighton, help Pinchas achieve his dreams. The play ...…
This week, the team takes the road trip to Cooperstown! Go 'Inside the Huddle' with Glimmerglass Festival's Christopher Powell and find out about the podcast "Breaking Glass", which explores social justice through the lens of opera. Then, Benjamin Britten is inducted into the OBS 'Hall of Fame'. Find out why satire, ostracism, and all things na ...…
Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen has a conversation about LA Opera's youth Opera Camp with composer/director Eli Villanueva; the Autry Museum's Director of Education and Visitor Engagement, Erik Greenburg; and LA Opera's Vice President for Education and Community Engagement, Stacy Brightman.
On this episode, I have the privilege of interviewing the mayor of Central City, Kathryn Heider. The first woman mayor of the 159-year-old town, Kathy shares how she got involved in city government, some cool stories about Central City and the historic home she lives in, how the opera and the city co-exist, and her hopes and dreams for Central ...…
Tune in at 8pm to hear the very first recording of Puccini's Turnadot made in 1938.
On this episode, meet bass-baritone (and my long-time friend) Ashraf Sewailam. Making his debut in our opera house this summer, Ashraf performs the roles of The Speaker in THE MAGIC FLUTE and Ferrando in IL TROVATORE. He tells us about these characters and their significance in the overall story arc of the operas, as well as what it's like jugg ...…
Through much of the 1990’s, the NAC Orchestra was led by the baroque and classical specialist from England, Trevor Pinnock. This was a time of continued financial challenges for the NAC, but Trevor Pinnock was not only a superb musician, but a man of great character and helped heal the ravages of the late 1980’s. The NAC Orchestra also shows it ...…
With a history as storied as The Metropolitan Opera, there have been plenty of “firsts” that have occurred on its fabled stage. In this episode, Guild lecturer Naomi Barrettara takes us on a guided tour of some of the noteworthy number ones throughout the company’s rich history.
This week’s Dumteedum comes from Claire Astbury. This week we hear from Witherspoon, Aunty Jean and Blithe Spirit.
We kick off the OBS tour of America’s summer opera festivals. Over July and August, we’ll take you to our favorite locations to hear opera and sweat at the same time. We start by going off the beaten path to some personal favorites…But first… a recent article in the ‘Wall Street Journal’ described how Europe’s opera houses won over millennials. ...…
On this episode, we meet our Queen of the Night and Sarastro, principals in THE MAGIC FLUTE. Soprano Jeni Houser and bass Kevin Langan share their ideas of who these enigmatic characters are and how they are interpreted in this production. Jeni reveals how she approaches singing such famous music, and Kevin unpacks the opera's history and tradi ...…
Check out Summer Festivals at Bard Summerscape, Bard Music Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Chautauqua Opera Festival, Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival, and the Glimmerglass Festival.
Tune in this Saturday at 8pm to hear Giordano's Andrea Chenier recorded in 1953 on CETRA staring Renata Tebaldi.
After 13 years under Bernardi, the NAC Orchestra’s new leader was another Italian: Franco Mannino. Where Bernardi had been all northern Italy - cold blue light, Mannino was all southern Italy - red hot light. Listen to the smiles that come into the voices of those who remember Mannino. Then a darkness descends on the NAC as financial woes threa ...…
On this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with the two creative leaders of Verdi's IL TROVATORE - director and designer Joachim Schamberger and conductor John Baril. Joachim tells us about his production concept - how he stays true to the medieval setting of the opera while using 21st-century storytelling techniques - and John gets into ...…
After their engaging discussion with Stephen P. Brown, Alisa and Rachel sit down to unpack and further dig into some of the ideas brought up.
This week in July 1966, "Candide" had its North American premiere in Los Angeles with the Center Theatre Group on campus at UCLA.In this "From the Vault" episode, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon gives his pre-show talk on Bernstein's "Candide" prior to the January 27, 2018 performance.…
Tonight… We go ‘Inside the Huddle’ with tenor Jonathan Zeng, who’s currently singing the role of Edwin in Chicago Folks Operetta’s production of Emmerich Kálmán’s “The Csárdás Princess”. Find out why this piece has been largely ignored on American stages, and how Jonathan prepared to play this unique role...And then… in ‘Chalk Talk’... it’s the ...…
On this episode, we are reunited with soprano Alexandra Loutsion and tenor Jonathan Burton. They have both been busy since we last saw them in TOSCA in 2016! Back this summer as Leonora and Manrico in IL TROVATORE, Alex and Jon dive deep into the complexities of the opera's plot and music. And since they've known and performed with each other m ...…
The National Arts Centre Orchestra was born in the cultural euphoria of the 1960’s, an off shoot of a bold Centennial Year project for our nation’s capital. Not only did Ottawa get its first arts centre complex, it acquired a world class orchestra almost instantly. Meet the bold and visionary men who created the NAC and the orchestra. Hear from ...…
On this episode, we meet soprano Katherine Manley and tenor Joseph Dennis, the Pamina and Tamino in Central City Opera’s production of THE MAGIC FLUTE. They delve into the characters, their relationship onstage, and this production, sharing their personal connections with the opera and the themes within. Joe tells us about his experiences as an ...…
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