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Ep. 224: Expanding the Canon Part III - Foreign Works
On today's episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we have the last of three episodes exploring how the operatic canon is being expanded, featuring Guild lecturer Matthew Timmermans. In this final episode, he will dive into how the Met’s production of foreign works such as Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Britten’s Peter Grimes have expanded the boundaries of the canon.
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Ep. 223: Expanding the Canon Part II - Star-Studded Revivals
Today, we have the second of three episodes exploring how the operatic canon is being expanded, featuring Guild lecturer Matthew Timmermans. In this episode, he will dive into star-studded revivals
—looking at somewhat unknown operas that are often revived with all-star casts, such as Cherubini’s Medea and Giordano’s Fedora.
Ep. 222: Expanding the Canon Part I - New Works
On today's episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we have the first of three episodes exploring how the operatic canon is being expanded, featuring Guild lecturer Matthew Timmermans. In this first episode, he will dive into two new productions that have pushed the boundaries of the canon—Terence Blanchard’s Champion and Kevin Puts’s The Hours.
Ep. 221: Talking About Opera on Die Zauberflöte
On today’s episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we are delving into our archives to explore Die Zauberflöte with the late renowned music scholar Father Owen Lee. Die Zauberflöte is a sublime and magical fairytale full of mysticism, love, and humor. Listen to learn more about the opera’s fantastical drama and ethereal score.
Ep. 220: Opera Outlook on Don Giovanni
On today's episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we are joined by lecturer Phillip Gainsley as he explores the music and drama of Don Giovanni. Based on the legend of Don Juan, Mozart’s masterpiece has remained on the operatic stage since its premiere in 1787 and has gone on to become a cultural behemoth, inspiring playwrights such as Peter Shaffer and other composers such as Liszt and Tchaikovsky. On today’s episode, we will delve into what makes this evergreen opera as popular today as it was in the 18th century.
Ep. 219: Opera Outlook on Champion
On today's episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we are joined by lecturer Tanisha Mitchell as she discusses the music and real-life themes of Champion, an “opera in jazz.”
I love Wagner this was amazing
Feeds my obsession
Thanks for providing great detail, context, & history to so much of the opera world. Enhances my enjoyment & appreciation so much
I was excited to discover this podcast and looked forward to hearing “The Myth and Mythos of Wagner’s Male Characters” as my first selection. What a disappointment! The speaker spent the first half hour reciting a laundry list of definitions of “myth.” Many of them were repetitive, and there was no logic to the discussion, or coherent analysis of the topic. When we finally arrived at Wagner around Minute 30, we were treated to another series of generalizations — Wagner loved myth, he lived a life of myth, etc., etc — completely lacking in useful insights or analysis. I didn’t stick around to hear the same hot air about his male characters. I’ll try one or two other episodes, but if this one is representative of the overall quality, I will give up after that.