12 episodes

Aria Code is a podcast that pulls back the curtain on some of the most famous arias in opera history, with insight from the biggest voices of our time, including Plácido Domingo, Diana Damrau, Sondra Radvanovsky, and many others. Hosted by Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Rhiannon Giddens, Aria Code is produced in partnership with The Metropolitan Opera.
Each episode dives into one aria — a feature for a single singer — and explores how and why these brief musical moments have imprinted themselves in our collective consciousness and what it takes to stand on the Met stage and sing them.
A wealth of guests—from artists like Rufus Wainwright and Ruben Santiago-Hudson to non-musicians like biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher and Dr. Brooke Magnanti, author of The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl—join Rhiannon and the Met Opera’s singers to understand why these arias touch us at such a human level, well over a century after they were written. Each episode ends with the aria, uninterrupted and in full, recorded from the Met Opera stage.
Aria Code is produced in partnership with WQXR, The Metropolitan Opera and WNYC Studios.

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Aria Code is a podcast that pulls back the curtain on some of the most famous arias in opera history, with insight from the biggest voices of our time, including Plácido Domingo, Diana Damrau, Sondra Radvanovsky, and many others. Hosted by Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Rhiannon Giddens, Aria Code is produced in partnership with The Metropolitan Opera.
Each episode dives into one aria — a feature for a single singer — and explores how and why these brief musical moments have imprinted themselves in our collective consciousness and what it takes to stand on the Met stage and sing them.
A wealth of guests—from artists like Rufus Wainwright and Ruben Santiago-Hudson to non-musicians like biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher and Dr. Brooke Magnanti, author of The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl—join Rhiannon and the Met Opera’s singers to understand why these arias touch us at such a human level, well over a century after they were written. Each episode ends with the aria, uninterrupted and in full, recorded from the Met Opera stage.
Aria Code is produced in partnership with WQXR, The Metropolitan Opera and WNYC Studios.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
867 Ratings

867 Ratings

Murka$1942 ,

More please!

Can’t wait for next episode. Hurry!

Whocareswhatthenameis ,

I don't need the perspective of a former hooker to understand opera

So disappointed they decided to invite a former prostitute to get her take. I understand that the character who sings the aria is a courtesan. However, the aria is about very common human feelings and very common dilemma. To understand what she is feeling we don't need to talk to someone who is in the exact same profession. If that were true,we would have to invite (very often) some very dark characters as guests so they could explain what it's like to be a murderer.
Now, ifif this is an attempt to help explain to johns (clients) that prostitutes are human beings with complex emotions (and that johns should respect them), then you are barking up the wrong tree. Opera lovers are not in the same demographic as johns.

rhealey ,

Such a good series!

This is an amazing series. The host is exceptional as a host - worth saying since she is exceptional at so many things. The guests are helpful, often really insightful, and I learn about arias in new ways. I am looking forward to a second series.

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