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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.
Ep. 160: 21st-Century Opera Survey, Part 1, with Naomi Barrettara & Elspeth Davis
What will opera look like, or sound like, in 10 years? 20 years? It’s hard to predict, but one thing is for sure: there’s a whole new generation of composers creating new innovations in expression, composition, and performance. For this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we have pulled a series of live event recordings from our archives to share, featuring lecturers Naomi Barrettara and Elspeth Davis as they guide us through a two-part survey of contemporary works that are poised to be future classics of the genre.
Date of event recording: 2017-18 season.
Timeline referenced in the lecture can be found at https://prezi.com/p1gza7i3aknm/opera-history-timeline/ .
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Very entertaining while being very informative for musical ignoramuses like myself who wish to educate themselves Mores the pity I couldn’t be there in person but these podcasts make up for my loss. Well done ladies & gentlemen. Keep up the splendid service you are providing because you are needed more than ever to get us through these difficult times.
The best educational opera podcast
This really is my favourite opera podcast. It give very well researched information about operas and everything to do with opera. Often based on current or upcoming opera productions at the MET I consider the podcasts to be essential preparation for any MET production.
I live in England so I can’t visit the MET very often. Happily the MET cinema relays bring the production to my local cinema. These podcasts are always a good way to prepare for the relays. If I was nearer to NY I would definitely attend these lectures. The archived lectures are also very helpful.
I wish the Royal Opera House did a similar podcast. Maybe in the future.