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An exciting new podcast by Marc Eliot Stein of Literary Kicks. Why is opera relevant in 2019? This sometimes-lost art form hides a fascinating, vibrant world. In our first episode, we discuss whether Verdi's Otello is better than Shakespeare's Othello, whether Othello had PTSD, and what it means that Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro is an Italian opera by a German Austrian and a Venetian Jew based on a French play that takes place in Spain. Welcome to the first episode of Lost Music: Exploring Literary Opera!

Lost Music: Exploring Literary Opera Marc Eliot Stein

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An exciting new podcast by Marc Eliot Stein of Literary Kicks. Why is opera relevant in 2019? This sometimes-lost art form hides a fascinating, vibrant world. In our first episode, we discuss whether Verdi's Otello is better than Shakespeare's Othello, whether Othello had PTSD, and what it means that Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro is an Italian opera by a German Austrian and a Venetian Jew based on a French play that takes place in Spain. Welcome to the first episode of Lost Music: Exploring Literary Opera!

    Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

    Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

    What happens when two lifelong Shakespeareans attend Verdi's "Macbeth" at the Met? Marc Eliot Stein examines Giuseppe Verdi's earliest Shakespeare opera with Meg Wise-Lawrence, who teaches English at Hunter College and City College in New York City. We talk about witches, prophecies, banquets, mad scenes, Ian McKellen, Italian nationalism, the Scottish people, Verdi's "Nabucco", Verdi's "Otello" and Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades".

    • 45 Min.
    Fidelio and Napoleon

    Fidelio and Napoleon

    Beethoven's politically charged "Fidelio" is an opera for today, with messages of resistance, defiance, #MeToo and prison awareness. It premiered during the Napoleonic Wars that brought revolutionary tumult all over Europe, and Ludwig van Beethoven was deeply involved in progressive revolutionary politics. We talk about the French Revolution, Tolstoy's "War and Peace", David Lang's "Prisoner of the State", Schroeder's toy piano and much more.

    • 41 Min.
    Wotan and Brunnhilde

    Wotan and Brunnhilde

    Marc Eliot Stein and Bud Parr, two software developers and literary bloggers from New York City, sat through all 18.5 hours of Richard Wagner's "Ring des Nibuleng" cycle at the Metropolitan Opera this year, and lived to tell the tale. Actually, we were both very impressed.

    • 1 Std. 24 Min.
    Orpheus and Eurydice

    Orpheus and Eurydice

    Opera was born during the Renaissance as an attempt to recreate the experience of an ancient Greek play as it would have been performed in the Theater of Dionysus in Athens. In this episode, Marc Eliot Stein and Lisa Geraghty talk about "Orfeo ed Euridice" by Christoph Willibald Gluck, which tells of a musician's descent into Hades to retrieve his wife from the dead. We also talk about Charlie Daniels Band, Arcade Fire, "Black Orpheus", Rainer Maria Rilke and Jacques Offenbach's "Orphee aux Enfers".

    • 1 Std. 5 Min.
    Fiordiligi and Nicola

    Fiordiligi and Nicola

    After a lifetime of not understanding opera, I attempted to transform myself into an aficionado by listening to the same 100 arias repeatedly for months, hoping that musical "osmosis" would eventually take effect and that I would start enjoying myself. The experiment succeeded beyond my wildest expectations, including a peak opera experience with Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" at the Met. The story of my opera journey is contrasted with that of Nicola Mills, the talented soprano.

    • 54 Min.
    Otello and Desdemona

    Otello and Desdemona

    The first episode of an exciting new podcast by Marc Eliot Stein of Literary Kicks. We kick off with the question: is Verdi's Otello better than Shakespeare's Othello? Did Otello have PTSD? And what does it means that Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro is an Italian opera by a German Austrian and a Venetian Jew based on a French play that takes place in Spain? Welcome to the first episode of Lost Music: Exploring Literary Opera! Music: Otello by Guiseppe Verdi.

    • 37 Min.

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