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Met Opera Guild Podcast

Met Opera Guild Podcast

Metropolitan Opera Guild

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Ep. 157: The Enduring Legacy Of Black Singers in Opera, Part 1, with Tanisha Mitchell

In this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer and music librarian Tanisha Mitchell talks about singers of the past and present who broke barriers, paved the way, and continue to carry the torch in "The Enduring Legacy of Black Singers in Opera.” In this first part of the series, Tanisha focuses on male singers spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st century, including George Shirley, Robert McFerrin, Vinson Cole, Simon Estes, Sir Willard White, Derek Lee Ragin, Eric Owens, Morris Robinson, Russell Thomas, and many more!

79 MIN4 d ago
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Ep. 157: The Enduring Legacy Of Black Singers in Opera, Part 1, with Tanisha Mitchell

Ep. 156: Tosca with Deidre Bird

Puccini's TOSCA is an epic, theatrical tale of love, politics, murder, and suicide, all set to the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Italy. Although dismissed by some critics as “a shabby little shocker,” the power of its music has never failed to fascinate audiences. On this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we have lecturer Deirdre Bird speaking about the history, life, and story of this monumental work and its place in opera history.

70 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 156: Tosca with Deidre Bird

Ep. 155: Magical Mezzos, Part 3, with Ira Siff

From bel canto brilliance to the earthiest chest tones, the mezzo-soprano has long been the unsung hero of the opera stage. Although they are often assigned the secondary role in an opera, make no mistake: These divas steal the scene whenever they are on stage. In this episode, Metropolitan Opera Radio commentator Ira Siff concludes his "Magical Mezzos" series some of opera’s most thrilling mezzo-sopranos, past and present!

89 MIN2 w ago
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Ep. 155: Magical Mezzos, Part 3, with Ira Siff

Ep. 154: Magical Mezzos, Part 2, with Ira Siff

Mezzo-soprano divas have been dominating the operatic stage, holding their own against their soprano counterparts. In this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, Metropolitan Opera radio commentator and lecturer Ira Siff returns for Part 2 of his "Magical Mezzos" series, in which he explores some famous mezzos that you may or may not have heard of!

87 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 154: Magical Mezzos, Part 2, with Ira Siff

Ep. 153: Magical Mezzos, Part 1, with Ira Siff

On this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer, Metropolitan Opera Radio commentator, and audience favorite Ira Siff explores the mezzo-soprano voice – its origins, roles, and the great singers who sang those roles during their illustrious careers - in the first instalment of his "Magical Mezzos" series.

93 MINAPR 23
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Ep. 153: Magical Mezzos, Part 1, with Ira Siff

Ep. 152: Wagner Across Borders, Part 4 with Matthew Timmermans

Despite their contempt for the unruly musical ideas of Richard Wagner, many connections can be made between the works of both Tchaikovsky and Janáček with Wagnerian ideas. On this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer and musicologist Matthew Timmermans concludes our “Wagner Across Borders” series with an exploration of Slavic-Wagnerian connections.

69 MINMAR 30
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Ep. 152: Wagner Across Borders, Part 4 with Matthew Timmermans

Ep. 151: Wagner Across Borders, Part 3 with Matthew Timmermans

Just as Massenet was accused of being a Wagnerian in France, so too was Puccini in Italy. From Wagnerian-sized voices to a complex orchestral sound, Wagner’s influence can be heard throughout the canon of Italian opera, but nowhere more so than in the work of Puccini. In this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer and musicologist Matthew Timmermans explores the influence of Wagnerian ideas across Puccini's output.

66 MINMAR 21
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Ep. 151: Wagner Across Borders, Part 3 with Matthew Timmermans

Ep. 150: Der fliegende Holländer with Victoria Bond

Wagner’s tale of the cursed sea captain and the love of a faithful maiden has captivated audiences since its premiere in 1843. On this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer, composer, and conductor Victoria Bond discusses the musical genius of Wagner and the power of love in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER.

61 MINMAR 12
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Ep. 150: Der fliegende Holländer with Victoria Bond

Ep. 149: Agrippina with Victoria Bond

Filled with familiar figures from ancient Rome, Handel creates a comedic and lighthearted score to accompany a story with some pretty sinister sub-themes. Sir David McVicar’s production of Agrippina brings this balance of darkness and light to audiences at the Met for the very first time! On this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer, composer, and conductor, Victoria Bond takes a closer look at this baroque masterpiece.

57 MINFEB 27
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Ep. 149: Agrippina with Victoria Bond

Ep. 148: Wagner Across Borders, Part 2 with Matthew Timmermans

French grand opera was lavish and spectacular – and in many ways, the antithesis Wagner’s operatic ideals. Yet Wagner is often mentioned as a major influence in the work of French Grand Opera master, Jules Massenet. What is the common ground to be found between these two compositional giants? In this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer and musicologist Matthew Timmermans guides us through the Wagnerian influences in Massenet’s masterworks.

70 MINFEB 12
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Ep. 148: Wagner Across Borders, Part 2 with Matthew Timmermans

Latest Episodes

Ep. 157: The Enduring Legacy Of Black Singers in Opera, Part 1, with Tanisha Mitchell

In this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer and music librarian Tanisha Mitchell talks about singers of the past and present who broke barriers, paved the way, and continue to carry the torch in "The Enduring Legacy of Black Singers in Opera.” In this first part of the series, Tanisha focuses on male singers spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st century, including George Shirley, Robert McFerrin, Vinson Cole, Simon Estes, Sir Willard White, Derek Lee Ragin, Eric Owens, Morris Robinson, Russell Thomas, and many more!

79 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Ep. 157: The Enduring Legacy Of Black Singers in Opera, Part 1, with Tanisha Mitchell

Ep. 156: Tosca with Deidre Bird

Puccini's TOSCA is an epic, theatrical tale of love, politics, murder, and suicide, all set to the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Italy. Although dismissed by some critics as “a shabby little shocker,” the power of its music has never failed to fascinate audiences. On this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we have lecturer Deirdre Bird speaking about the history, life, and story of this monumental work and its place in opera history.

70 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep. 156: Tosca with Deidre Bird

Ep. 155: Magical Mezzos, Part 3, with Ira Siff

From bel canto brilliance to the earthiest chest tones, the mezzo-soprano has long been the unsung hero of the opera stage. Although they are often assigned the secondary role in an opera, make no mistake: These divas steal the scene whenever they are on stage. In this episode, Metropolitan Opera Radio commentator Ira Siff concludes his "Magical Mezzos" series some of opera’s most thrilling mezzo-sopranos, past and present!

89 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Ep. 155: Magical Mezzos, Part 3, with Ira Siff

Ep. 154: Magical Mezzos, Part 2, with Ira Siff

Mezzo-soprano divas have been dominating the operatic stage, holding their own against their soprano counterparts. In this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, Metropolitan Opera radio commentator and lecturer Ira Siff returns for Part 2 of his "Magical Mezzos" series, in which he explores some famous mezzos that you may or may not have heard of!

87 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ep. 154: Magical Mezzos, Part 2, with Ira Siff

Ep. 153: Magical Mezzos, Part 1, with Ira Siff

On this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer, Metropolitan Opera Radio commentator, and audience favorite Ira Siff explores the mezzo-soprano voice – its origins, roles, and the great singers who sang those roles during their illustrious careers - in the first instalment of his "Magical Mezzos" series.

93 MINAPR 23
Comments
Ep. 153: Magical Mezzos, Part 1, with Ira Siff

Ep. 152: Wagner Across Borders, Part 4 with Matthew Timmermans

Despite their contempt for the unruly musical ideas of Richard Wagner, many connections can be made between the works of both Tchaikovsky and Janáček with Wagnerian ideas. On this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer and musicologist Matthew Timmermans concludes our “Wagner Across Borders” series with an exploration of Slavic-Wagnerian connections.

69 MINMAR 30
Comments
Ep. 152: Wagner Across Borders, Part 4 with Matthew Timmermans

Ep. 151: Wagner Across Borders, Part 3 with Matthew Timmermans

Just as Massenet was accused of being a Wagnerian in France, so too was Puccini in Italy. From Wagnerian-sized voices to a complex orchestral sound, Wagner’s influence can be heard throughout the canon of Italian opera, but nowhere more so than in the work of Puccini. In this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer and musicologist Matthew Timmermans explores the influence of Wagnerian ideas across Puccini's output.

66 MINMAR 21
Comments
Ep. 151: Wagner Across Borders, Part 3 with Matthew Timmermans

Ep. 150: Der fliegende Holländer with Victoria Bond

Wagner’s tale of the cursed sea captain and the love of a faithful maiden has captivated audiences since its premiere in 1843. On this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer, composer, and conductor Victoria Bond discusses the musical genius of Wagner and the power of love in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER.

61 MINMAR 12
Comments
Ep. 150: Der fliegende Holländer with Victoria Bond

Ep. 149: Agrippina with Victoria Bond

Filled with familiar figures from ancient Rome, Handel creates a comedic and lighthearted score to accompany a story with some pretty sinister sub-themes. Sir David McVicar’s production of Agrippina brings this balance of darkness and light to audiences at the Met for the very first time! On this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer, composer, and conductor, Victoria Bond takes a closer look at this baroque masterpiece.

57 MINFEB 27
Comments
Ep. 149: Agrippina with Victoria Bond

Ep. 148: Wagner Across Borders, Part 2 with Matthew Timmermans

French grand opera was lavish and spectacular – and in many ways, the antithesis Wagner’s operatic ideals. Yet Wagner is often mentioned as a major influence in the work of French Grand Opera master, Jules Massenet. What is the common ground to be found between these two compositional giants? In this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer and musicologist Matthew Timmermans guides us through the Wagnerian influences in Massenet’s masterworks.

70 MINFEB 12
Comments
Ep. 148: Wagner Across Borders, Part 2 with Matthew Timmermans

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