17 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 Roberto Alagna, 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 Dame Judi Dench 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 Roberto Alagna, 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 Dame Judi Dench 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
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

judith0320 ,

Love this show!!

Have shared with my opera friends and regular friends. Look forward to the new shows on Wednesday as well as a second listen to previous shows!

Torchmini ,

Great Discovery

I miss the recently cancelled Met broadcasts at our local theater, so I went searching for opera material. Aria Code was the real jackpot. It’s all a podcast can be. Each episode is a miniature story in itself. Those arias and the operas they come from are now so much better known to me. Each podcast is a gem.

ShrGuy ,

The Orfeo episode was perfect

The aria on which the episode is one of the greatest arias in all of opera. That goes without saying. What made this episode extra impactful was the brilliant selection of guests. Jamie Barton, famous for her performances as Orfeo, brought us new insights into the role and its challenges. The personal stories of loss from the other two guests were terribly moving and apt given the plot of the opera.

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