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Ep.166: Celebrating Beethoven's 250th Birthday with Victoria Bond
Born in 1770, this year marks the 250th birthday of Ludwig Van Beethoven. His influence in western classical music is unparalleled. His transformative works especially The Ninth Symphony took music in a new direction.
Ep.165: Il Trovatore: A Tale of Love and Revenge
Perhaps best known for its popular Anvil Chorus, Giuseppi Verdi's opera Il Trovatore has dazzled audiences since its premiere in 1853. Its intricate plot and dramatic music have helped it become a staple of the operatic repertoire. In this episode, composer, conductor, and lecturer Victoria Bond guides us through this thrilling work.
Ep. 164: Exploring Tristan und Isolde with Harlow Robinson
In today’s episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild podcast, we have lecturer Harlow Robinson discussing the intricacies of Wagner’s evergreen hit opera, Tristan und Isolde.
Episode 163: New Fall Virtual Programming Announcement
Here at the Guild we have been busy adapting our Fall programming to continue learning in the virtual classroom! We are thrilled to announce that two of the Guild’s most popular programs, our Opera Boot Camp and our Score Reading series will be presented via our online learning platform. On today’s podcast episode, we’ll learn a bit more about these exciting digital offerings!
Ep. 162: Opera in the New Millennium - Interview with Prestini, Puts, and Mazzoli
How do composers pick subject matter for a new opera? What is the composing process like? How does a composer work with a librettist? How much time do composers get to create an opera? In this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guilld Podcast, we explore all of those questions and more in the release of an archival recording from 2017! This event featured a live interview panel as part of our Opera in the New Millennium program, when lecturers Naomi Barrettara and Elspeth Davis sat down with composers Missy Mazzoli, Paola Prestini, and Kevin Puts to learn more about their work as contemporary opera composers.
(Please Note: Due to the live and archival nature of the original recording, there were some microphone glitches throughout the track. We have attempted to balance the recording and smooth out glitches as much as possible for this episode!)
Track photo credits (from left to right):
Paola Prestini, by Caroline Tompkins
Kevin Puts, by David White
Missy Mazzoli, by Caroline Tompkins
Ep. 161: 21st-Century Opera Survey, Part 2, with Naomi Barrettara & Elspeth Davis
From Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun, to musical mainstay Nico Muhly, to broadway superstar Jeanine Tesori, composers are changing the perception of what an opera can be. On this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturers Naomi Barrettara and Elspeth Davis continue with the second part of a two part-series from our archives, on contemporary composers and opera’s that are changing the music scene as we know it.
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I just watched the Met’s 2010 Don Carlo. It was great but long. I liked the opera very much, so I was wondering if you could do a podcast on this opera.
Keep making these informative and interesting podcast episodes.
A great source of information but very uneven episodes
Given that it is sponsored by the MetOpera Guild, this is undoubtedly the best funded opera podcast extant.
The extent to which each episode conveys the information in its description varies wildly. Some are presentations that keep to the point, present the information pedagogically and use some of the resources available in an effective way. However, these episodes are rare. Most discussions of individual operas are just recitations of the plot, punctuated by excerpts. Most episodes about general subjects tend to get lost in the weeds of their subjects.
The best episodes are presented by Desiree Mays or Bridget Paolucci (informed, organized, accessible). Matthew Timmermans' affectatious pronunciations grate and distract from his disjointed presentations.
I haven't found an Opera Podcast that's better but I wish I had.
I love this podcast
This podcast is so to good especially for people who can’t make it to New York to listen to it live. I especially like the speakers and the opera excerpts that you use.
The Met Opera Guild is awesome, keep making more podcasts.
I very like your lectures on Turandot and the 2017-18 Season Kick Off for Bellini's Norma.