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Podcast by Metropolitan Opera Guild. The mission of the Metropolitan Opera Guild is to enrich people’s lives through an awareness and deeper appreciation of opera while supporting the Metropolitan Opera by expanding its reach to diverse communities and a wider audience.


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Ep. 63: Idomeneo Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Mar 22, 2017


In Mozart's Idomeneo, a story drawn from Greek antiquity meets musical tradition and the innovative touch of Mozart. In this episode, Naomi Barrettara gives a pre-performance lecture exploring the historic and stylistic elements of this work.

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Ep. 62: La Traviata with Peter Allen

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Mar 08, 2017


During the highly productive middle period of his career, Verdi created some of his most enduringly popular operas, including what might be his most beloved work: La Traviata. Today we have Peter Allen in a Talking About Opera lecture recorded in from 1989, exploring this tragic love story that has captured the hearts of opera goers for over 150 years.

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Ep. 61: Interview with James Morris

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


Since his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1971, James Morris has gone on to create renowned character portrayals and share the stage with virtually every great singer of the past five decades. Here is the legendary bass-baritone in conversation with the Guild’s Executive Director of Program Development, Paul Gruber, sharing stories from across his career.

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Ep. 60: New Season Discussion with John Fisher and F. Paul Driscoll

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Feb 23, 2017


This episode features a special conversation between Opera News Editor-in-Chief, F. Paul Driscoll, and the Met’s Assistant General Manager for Music Administration John Fisher, providing insight into the Met's 2017-18 season.

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Ep. 59: Rusalka

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Feb 15, 2017


Dvo??k's Czech masterpiece has opera returned to the Met this season with a new, fantastical production by Mary Zimmerman. Today’s episode features my co-host and Guild lecturer Naomi Barrettara in a pre-performance talk exploring the folklore sources behind the opera plot, as well as the musical fabric that bring this story to life.

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Ep. 58: Musical Chairs with Donald Palumbo

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Jan 25, 2017


Today's episode features an engaging interview with Met Opera chorus master, Donald Palumbo, originally recorded in November 2016. In it, we hear about Maestro Palumbo's path to the Met as well as his approach for preparing one of the world's best opera choruses.

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Ep. 57: Romeo et Juliette

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Jan 18, 2017


With the Met's new production of Romeo et Juliette coming to theaters around the world this Saturday, January 21st, seasoned stage director Jay Lesenger explores Gounod's operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's most famous play.

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Ep. 56: Nabucco, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Jan 04, 2017


In today's episode, a Talking About Opera lecture on Verdi's first big hit, which includes Verdi's path to success and a chorus that became an anthem of the Italian nationalist movement.

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Ep. 55: Salome

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Dec 14, 2016


In this episode, Guild lecturer Naomi Barrettara takes an in depth look at the musical and dramatic elements of Strauss's Salome, as well as it's scandalous 1907 Met Opera premiere.

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Ep. 54: L'Amour de Loin Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Dec 07, 2016


Just after it's Met premiere, Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin will be broadcast Live in HD to theaters around the world on Saturday, December 10, 2016. In this episode, we have a pre-performance lecture given by Naomi Barrettara with everything you need to know before seeing this stunning 21st-century opera.

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Ep. 53: Guillaume Tell Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Nov 09, 2016


Rossini's final opera, Guillaume Tell, is the grandest of them all. Composer and conductor Victoria Bond talks about the challenges and fireworks incorporated in this work as it comes to the Met stage for the first time in 80 years.

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Ep. 52: Aida, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Nov 02, 2016


Perhaps Verdi's grandest opera, Aida has been a staple of the opera repertory since its first performance in 1871. Here is Bridget Paolucci talking about the musical and thematic highlights that make this opera an audience favorite.

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Ep. 51: Jenufa, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Oct 27, 2016


Composed by Czech nationalist, Leos Janacek, Jenufa incorporates the beauties of Czech music, language, and culture while telling a disturbing story based on true events. Here, Yveta Graff takes us through the opera's plot and music, and the tells the history of its composition and early performances.

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Ep. 50: Don Giovanni, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Oct 19, 2016


Don Giovanni is an ingenious fusion of bumbling comedy and the earnestness of tragedy. Here is former Met radio commentator Father Owen Lee and his Talking About Opera presentation on Mozart's hit.

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Ep. 49: Tristan und Isolde, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Oct 05, 2016


From the famous opening "Tristan Chord" to the final "Liebstod," Wagner's Tristan und Isolde is considered a revolutionary work. Today, a closer look at the musical and dramatic layers of Wagner's masterpiece.

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Ep. 48: Inside Tristan und Isolde with John Fisher

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Sep 21, 2016


Tristan und Isolde opens the Met's 2016-17 season in a new production starring Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton, conducted by Simon Rattle. In this episode, an insider's perspective on Wagner's towering drama, as Opera News Editor-in-Chief, F. Paul Driscoll, sits down with the Met's Assistant General Manager for Music Administration, John Fisher.

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Ep. 47: Opera Terminology and Pronunciation

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Aug 18, 2016


For this episode, we are going to dip our toes into the wonderful world of languages with soprano Jane Marsh. Jane is a regular lecturer at the Met Opera Guild, and she is a language enthusiast, fluent in English, German, Italian, French, and Russian. Jane will be our language expert for today’s episode, and she will be guiding us through the pronunciation of composer, opera, and singer names that we have on the roster at the Met this season, focusing on Italian, German, and French. There are also musical examples included throughout the episode to illustrate the flavor of each language as it is sung.

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Ep. 46: G?tterd?mmerung, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Sat, Aug 13, 2016


Today’s episode features an exploration of Wagner’s G?TTERD?MMERUNG, concluding our mini-series of episodes on Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

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Ep. 45: Siegfried, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


We are now moving into part three of a four episode series on Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Each episode in this series covers one of the operas in the cycle, so you don’t necessarily have to listen to them in order to follow the content of the lecture, but if you want to get a sense of the chronology of the cycle, then we suggest listening to episodes 43 and 44 before starting this one. Our lecturer is the legendary Met Opera Radio Broadcast Host Peter Allen, and today he will be taking us through Wagner’s SIEGFRIED.

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Ep. 44: Die Walk?re, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Fri, Aug 05, 2016


This episode is part two of a Talking About Opera recording on Wagner’s Ring Cycle. This mammoth work is comprised of four operas with interconnected stories that Wagner fashioned by combining various elements of Old Norse mythology. So for this week and next week’s episodes, we are releasing one episode per opera, in a series of lectures featuring former Met Opera Radio Broadcast Host Peter Allen.

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Ep. 43: Das Rheingold, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Aug 04, 2016


The second half of the summer is a special time for German opera fans, as people from all over the world make a pilgrimage to Germany for the annual Bayreuth Festival. This festival is entirely dedicated to the operatic output of Richard Wagner, including performances of the entire Ring Cycle. For the next several episodes, we thought it would be fitting to take a tour through these amazing works via a 4-part Talking About Opera program with former Met Opera Radio Broadcast Host Peter Allen. Episode 43 begins with the first opera in the cycle, DAS RHEINGOLD.

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Ep. 42: Memories from the Golden Horseshoe Part 3

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


This week we are happy to present our third and final instalment of Memories from the Golden Horseshoe. This series features Met radio commentator Ira Siff, regaling us with his memories of performances he witnessed at the old Metropolitan Opera house in its final years between 1961 and 1966.

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Ep. 41, Part 2: Falstaff, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


Picking up right where we left off in Episode 41, Part 1, this is Part 2 of a Talking About Opera lecture, with Bridget Paolucci discussing Verdi's FALSTAFF.

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Ep. 41, Part 1: Falstaff, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Jul 20, 2016


The topic of today’s episode is Giuseppe Verdi’s last opera, FALSTAFF, which was also his third opera to be adapted from a Shakespeare play. This is a Talking About Opera lecture presented by Bridget Paolucci, split into two parts to ensure the length is manageable without cutting out all the great content. Today we are releasing Part 1, and tomorrow we will release Part 2!

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Ep. 40: Cos? fan tutte, Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Jul 13, 2016


On July 20th, 2016, the Met will be broadcasting the last HD encore opera of the summer to theatres across the globe! The opera is Mozart’s beloved Cos? fan tutte, and the cast features audience favourites such as Matthew Polenzani, Isabel Leonard, and Danielle de Niese. So to get us all prepared for the broadcast, our episode today features a wonderful Talking About Opera lecture from our archives, with Bridget Paolucci discussing this beloved Mozart work.

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Ep. 39: Da Capo Arias & Cabalettas

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Jul 07, 2016


Great arias have long been an opportunity for singers to showcase their virtuosity and offer an intimate look at a character’s inner most feelings. In this episode, podcast host Naomi Barrettara takes a deep dive into two different aria forms - the Da Capo aria and the Cabaletta, discussing musical elements of each form, and providing examples by Handel, Rossini, and Verdi.

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Ep. 38, Part 2: Verdi's Macbeth - Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Jun 30, 2016


This is Part 2 of Episode 38, featuring Albert Innaurato giving a Talking About Opera lecture on Verdi's Macbeth. The episode picks up right where Part 1 left off, at the beginning of Act II in the opera.

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Ep. 38, Part 1: Verdi's Macbeth - Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Jun 29, 2016


This week we are continuing our celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a Talking About Opera lecture devoted to Verdi’s "Macbeth." This particular Talking About Opera recording is somewhat special, as it has never before been released to the public. In an effort to keep our episodes manageable and appealing to a wide audience, we typically try to limit their duration to an hour or less. Seeing as there is so much great information and wonderful musical examples included in this Talking About Opera lecture, we have split it into two parts so that you can experience the full recording.

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Ep. 37: L'Elisir d'Amore - A Casual Conversation with Naomi and Kyle

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Jun 22, 2016


The second of this summer’s Met Live in HD Encore presentation will be of Donizetti’s "L’Elisir d’Amore," with an exceptional cast starring Anna Netrebko as Adina, Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, Mariusz Kwiecie? as Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri as the clever Dulcamara. In preparation for the broadcast, the Met Opera Guild’s Kyle Homewood joins Naomi Barrettara in a casual conversation discussing things they love about the opera and musical moments to listen for in one of the most popular operatic comedies of the last two centuries.

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Ep. 36: Tosca - Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Jun 15, 2016


With a Met Live in HD Encore presentation of Puccini’s Tosca coming to theatres this Wednesday, June 22, 2016, today's episode once again reaches into the Talking about Opera archives to give you some added insight into one of Puccini’s dramatic works.

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Ep. 35: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Jun 09, 2016


The summer of 2016 is in full swing, with festivals and performances in cities across the globe celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. This podcast episode explores the operatic adaptation of a beloved Shakespeare work - A Midsummer Night's Dream - with a musical setting composed by Benjamin Britten. This lecture is taken from our Talking About Opera archives, featuring Guild lecturer Harlow Robinson.

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Ep. 34: Memories from the Golden Horseshoe Part 2

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Jun 01, 2016


Today’s episode is the second installment of our Memories from the Golden Horseshoe series in which Met broadcast commentator Ira Siff speaks about the legendary performances he witnessed at the old Metropolitan Opera house in its final years between 1961 and 1966. In the episode, I hope you will enjoy remembering or perhaps discovering the likes of Leonie Rysanek, John Vickers, Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Zinka Milanov, Renata Tebaldi, and several others. This is part two of Memories from the Golden Horseshoe!

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Ep. 33: Singers' Studio with Roberto Alagna

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, May 25, 2016


Today we are happy to present a very special artist interview that took place in March 2016 as part of our Singers’ Studio series with Opera News. In the interview, tenor Roberto Alagna sits down with Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll to talk about his life and career. In case you don’t know or don’t remember, this interview took place just after Alagna’s successful run in the Met’s new production of Manon Lescaut in which he replaced Jonas Kaufmann as Des Grieux with only a few weeks’ notice.

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Ep. 32: Meet the Met Orchestra

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, May 18, 2016


Ever wonder what it's like to be a Met Orchestra musician? In this episode we sit down for an informative and entertaining conversation with members of the Met Orchestra to get an inside look at this elite ensemble and some of its players. For more even more great content and to stay up to date with the Met Orchestra, visit www.metorchestramusicians.org.

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Ep. 31: Highlights from the 2015-2016 Met Season

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, May 11, 2016


Since the 2015-2016 Met season came to an end last week, we're taking a look back at some of its most memorable moments. With fantastic new productions like Otello, Pearl Fishers, and Elektra, as well as an outstanding Tudor Queen trilogy, there is much to look back at and reminisce upon. Make sure you comment on our various social media pages and tell us about your favorite moments of the season!

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Ep. 30: A Tribute to James Levine

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, May 04, 2016


As Maestro James Levine finishes his final season as Music Director at the Metropolitan Opera, we want to pay tribute to his storied career. Today's episode features content recorded from an event in 2013, just after Maestro Levine's triumphant return to the Met after experiencing health difficulties, in which many of operas biggest names gathered to celebrate his achievements.

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Ep. 29: Memories from the Golden Horseshoe Part 1

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Apr 27, 2016


This week we are excited to have Ira Siff on the Metropolitan Opera Guild podcast for the first time. Ira is currently a commentator on the Met’s Saturday broadcasts but also teaches and coaches opera, and even used to run his own opera spoof company! His love of opera and the Met started in his teenage years as he stood in line for standing room tickets at the Old Met in the early 1960’s. Just in case any of you don’t know, the current Metropolitan Opera House opened in 1966, and before that, the opera company was based out of its original home dubbed the “Golden Horseshoe.” Today’s episode is the first of three lectures in which Ira Siff regales us with his Memories of the Golden Horseshoe, talking about his experiences and and the legendary singers that he saw along the way. And of course we will feature many musical clips from these singers as we take this walk down memory lane. So please enjoy part one of Memories from the Golden Horseshoe!

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Ep. 28: Elektra Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Apr 20, 2016


This week’s episode features a pre-performance lecture on the final new production of the 2015-2016 Met season, Elektra. Presenting today’s lecture is radio commentator and writer, William Berger, whom many of you may recognize from Sirius XM’s Met Opera radio and the famed Met Opera Quiz. The slideshow referenced throughout the lecture is available for download at www.metguild.org/podcast.

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Ep. 27: Roberto Devereux Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Apr 13, 2016


This week we are very excited to be bringing back Santa Fe Opera’s Desir?e Mays to the Met Opera Guild Podcast! We have already had such a great response to last week’s episode and Desir?e’s talk on The Real Madama Butterfly, and today’s episode is equally as engaging and informative as Ms. Mays fills us in on some of the confusing plot points and Donizetti’s blurring of fact and fiction in Roberto Devereux.

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Ep. 26: The Real Madama Butterfly

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Apr 07, 2016


This week’s episode is recorded from a live event that took place on March 29th, 2016, featuring Santa Fe Opera’s Desir?e Mays as she explores the historical and literary sources that contributed to the story of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

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Ep. 25: Simon Boccanegra - Talking about Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Mar 31, 2016


This Friday the Met Opera will begin an exciting run of one of Verdi’s more obscure operas, Simon Boccanegra, which will feature Maestro James Levine on the podium and legendary tenor/now baritone Pl?cido Domingo singing the title role. In preparation for this special musical event, today’s episode features Bridget Paolucci’s Talking About Opera lecture on Simon Boccanegra.

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Ep. 24: Donizetti's Tudor Queen Operas

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Mar 23, 2016


Today’s episode is drawn from one of our Opera Boot Camp classes - an introductory tour through Donizetti’s Tudor Queen operas. These operas have garnered a lot of attention this spring and there is a wealth of history connected to these bel canto masterpieces. This episode explores important background information and musical highlights from "Anna Bolena," "Maria Stuarda," and "Roberto Devereux."

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Ep. 23: Le Nozze di Figaro - Talking about Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Mar 16, 2016


Today’s episode is drawn from a Talking about Opera excerpt, featuring Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" with lecturer Bridget Paolucci. At the time this recording was made, Bridget was a frequent lecturer at the Met Opera Guild, New York City Opera, and regularly appeared on the Met’s Radio Broadcasts. In this episode, Bridget takes us through the rich history of this opera, discussing source material, Mozart's collaboration with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, and delving into the layers of musical meaning and style.

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Ep. 22: Don Pasquale - Talking about Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Mar 09, 2016


Heralded by scholars and opera lovers as the “last great opera buffa,” Donizetti's DON PASQUALE has been a hit with audiences since the night it premiered in Paris in 1843. This episode features playwright and stage director Albert Innaurato as our lecturer, sharing fascinating details about the composer’s life and the musical elements that made this opera such a striking success.

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Ep. 21: Manon Lescaut Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Mar 02, 2016


In anticipation of the Met’s Live in HD broadcast of Manon Lescaut this Saturday, March 5th, we are happy to bring to you a Manon Lescaut pre-performance lecture that took place not even 24 hours prior to the release of this episode. Today’s lecturer, Nimet Habachy, is known in the New York City area for her more than 25 years as the host of New York at Night on the old WQXR. She now frequently gives lectures at both the Metropolitan Opera Guild as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has even joined the Met Museum as a lecturer on international tours. I hope you enjoy Ms. Habachy’s insights into Puccini’s first great hit, Manon Lescaut.

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Ep. 20: 2016-2017 Met Season Preview

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Feb 24, 2016


In today's episode, host Naomi Barrettara is joined by Met Guild Director of School Programs and Community Engagement, Stuart Holt, and Community Engagement Coordinator, Elspeth Davis, to discuss the newly-announced 2016-2017 Met Opera season. In this conversation the trio shares valuable insights and opinions on the new productions, intriguing revivals, and possible "sleeper hits" of the upcoming season, and informs us all on the hot tickets that we need to look out for.

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Ep. 19: Madama Butterfly - Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Feb 17, 2016


This Friday, February 19 is the Met’s season premiere of Anthony Minghella’s celebrated production of Madama Butterfly. In anticipation of this premiere, we are once again reaching into the Talking About Opera archives to present an enthralling lecture given by the acclaimed playwright, director, and journalist, Albert Innaurato. In this lecture recorded in 1997, Mr. Innaurato explores the inner workings of Butterfly’s complicated characters and navigates through various highlights in the plot and score. I hope you enjoy this presentation on one of opera’s most beloved works.

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Ep. 18: Love In Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Feb 11, 2016


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this week’s episode is all about LOVE and MARRIAGE in Opera! Our content today is presented by Naomi Barrettara and drawn from a live event that happened at the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City as a pre-Valentine’s day celebration. The audio you are about to hear was taken from a dress rehearsal, so there is no real audience to laugh at the wonderful jokes, but we hope you enjoy them all the same!

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Ep. 17: Inside the Prompter's Box

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Feb 03, 2016


In this week’s episode, we are excited to present a talk with a very important member of the Metropolitan Opera staff. Donna Racik plays a role in Met performances that you will never see or hear. Her role is performed from a little black box at the front of the stage known as the prompter’s box. From the prompter’s box Donna conducts, mouths words, gives direction, and sometimes even sings! She does all this to help Met performers be at their very best, especially when they have had little or no rehearsal time. Enjoy fascinating insight into the life of a Met Opera prompter with interesting Q&A at the end of the episode.

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Ep. 16: Turandot Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Jan 27, 2016


Leading up to this weekend’s Met Live in HD broadcast of Puccini’s Turandot, we are happy to present this pre-performance lecture given by Dr. Jeffrey Langford, the Assistant Dean for Doctoral Studies and Music History Chair at the Manhattan School of Music. As you would imagine, this lecture is chalk-full of historical insights and musical analysis that will give you an entirely different perspective on this wildly popular opera. In fact, Dr. Langford included a physical handout of musical examples for the live audience that he references during the lecture. If you would like to download this handout so you can follow along you can do so at www.metguild.org/podcast. Now please enjoy Dr. Langford’s thoughts on Puccini’s Turandot.

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Ep. 15: Singers' Studio with Piotr Beczala

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Jan 21, 2016


Today's episode is taken from our Singers’ Studio series, in which editors from Opera News magazine sit down in conversation with some of today’s elite singers. In these conversations, singers discuss many things from their career origins to future plans, and even their thoughts on the art form as a whole. In today’s episode, we are happy to present one such interview with renowned tenor Piotr Beczala. I hope you’ll enjoy listening in as Mr. Beczala sits down with Opera News Digital Editor Adam Wasserman in the Singers’ Studio.

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Ep. 14: Les P?cheurs de Perles Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Jan 14, 2016


Today’s episode features a pre-performance lecture on the opera dubbed by the New York Times as the “sleeper hit” of this year’s opera season - Bizet’s "Les P?cheurs de Perles." The lecture is presented by Dr. Harlow Robinson, an author, lecturer, and Matthews Distinguished University Professor of History at Northeastern University.

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Ep. 13: Massenet's Cendrillon

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Jan 07, 2016


This episode, presented by the Met Guild’s Director of School Programs and Community Engagement, Stuart Holt, is all about a rarely-heard operatic version of the Cinderella story - Cendrillon by Jules Massenet. This opera has never appeared on the Met stage, and this lecture was originally given as part of a lecture series called “Unknown Masterworks”.

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Ep. 12: Die Fledermaus Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Dec 31, 2015


Today’s episode is recorded from a live pre-performance lecture that was given on December 14th by one of the Guild’s in-house lecturers and artistic consultants, Jane Marsh. Ms. Marsh is a celebrated Soprano who has sung countless opera roles all over the world, and brings a unique wealth of experience and knowledge to each of her lectures. This lecture is one of over 80 live educational events that are hosted at the Met Opera Guild this season, and as a pre-performance lecture it was given immediately prior to a Met performance of Die Fledermaus, where a majority of attendees continued on to the opera afterwards.

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Ep. 11: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Tue, Dec 22, 2015


Today’s episode corresponds with the Met’s current holiday production of the The Barber of Seville, although it focuses on the original Il Barbiere di Siviglia rather than the Met’s shortened and translated version. Another revival from the Talking About Opera archives, this lecture is presented by Albert Innaurato. Mr. Innaurato has enjoyed a successful career as a playwright, stage director, journalist, and frequent lecturer at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center among many others. His play, Gemini, brought to the Broadway stage in the late 1970s was one of the longest continually running non-musical plays with 1,819 performances. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including Opera News, The New York Times, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Currently, Albert serves as a creative consultant with Center City Opera Theater in Philadelphia, and directs nontraditional productions of classic operas and new works alike. We hope you enjoy Mr. Innaurato’s take on Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, or, The Barber of Seville.

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Ep. 10: Voice Types - Tenors

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Dec 16, 2015


This week’s episode will be the second iteration of our lectures on voice types. Our previous voice types lecture, episode 5 on the soprano voice type, is our most popular episode to date! So by popular demand, we are happy to present this lecture all about tenors.

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Ep. 9: The Magic Flute and Masonic Symbolism

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Dec 10, 2015


This episode feature a discussion of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," delving into the interpretation of Masonic elements and symbolism throughout the opera.

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Ep. 8: Musical Chairs with Grace Bumbry

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Thu, Dec 03, 2015


Today’s episode features an engaging interview with a mezzo soprano turned soprano who just celebrated the 50th anniversary of her Met debut, Grace Bumbry. In the interview hosted by the Met Guild’s Executive Director of Program Development, Paul Gruber, Ms. Bumbry talks about some of the challenges and triumphs she experienced throughout her career that includes over 200 Met performances and countless operatic appearances and recitals around the world.

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Ep. 7: La Boh?me - Talking About Opera

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Tue, Nov 24, 2015


Today’s episode draws once more from the archives of the Met Opera Guild’s Talking About Opera series. This particular episode features Bridget Paolucci detailing the musical and dramatic beauty of Puccini’s La Boh?me. At the time of this recording in 1991, Bridget was a frequent lecturer at the Met Opera Guild, New York City Opera, and regularly appeared on the Met’s Radio Broadcasts. Though she no longer lectures with the Guild, we are happy to bring you Bridget’s take on one of Puccini’s most popular works - La Boh?me.

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Ep. 6: Lulu Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Nov 18, 2015


This session with Maestro Steven Osgood is an extremely valuable resource for those hoping to gain a better understanding of Berg's Lulu and 12-tone musical composition. In it, Maestro Osgood highlights hidden musical elements and plot features that will help you piece together this musical puzzle and further enjoy the compositional genius of Berg.

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Ep. 5: Voice Types - Sopranos

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Nov 11, 2015


In this episode, host Naomi Barrettara provides all the information that you need to know about the soprano voice type, including the different types of sopranos, common repertoire, and stylistic tendencies. Part of the Metropolitan Opera Guild's popular Opera Boot Camp series, this session is the first of several Voice Type episodes to come in the future.

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Ep. 4: Puccini Heroines - Tosca and Madama Butterfly

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Nov 04, 2015


In this session, soprano and lecturer Jane Marsh discusses two of Puccini's most beloved heroines, Tosca and Butterfly. Sharing insights from her own international performance experience, Ms. Marsh delves into the motivation behind these characters, and also invites Kelly Griffin, soprano, and Djordje Nesic, pianist, to perform two of their most famous arias.

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Ep. 3: Tannh?user Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Tue, Oct 27, 2015


In this episode, the Metropolitan Opera Guild is excited to present a recorded lecture by the late David Hamilton, in which he shares an abundance of information about Tannh?user and Wagner's life leading up to its composition. Originally recorder for the Met Guild's "Talking About Opera" series, this lecture is a perfect preparation for those attending the Met's Live in HD presentation of Tannh?user on October 31, 2015.

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Ep. 2: Musical Chairs with Deborah Voigt

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Oct 21, 2015


This week’s episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild podcast features an engaging interview with Deborah Voigt that was presented and recorded here at the Guild on October 5th, 2015. In it, Ms. Voigt discusses some of the struggles and triumphs she experienced in her life and storied career,

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Ep. 1: Otello Pre-Performance Lecture

Author: Metropolitan Opera Guild
Wed, Oct 07, 2015


In the first ever episode of the Met Opera Guild Podcast, Naomi Barrettara dives into the dramatic and musical elements of Verdi's penultimate opera.

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