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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    • 4.9, 798 Ratings

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
798 Ratings

798 Ratings

Ken001_2019 ,

Queen of the Night, Hölle Rache

The fact that I had to translate this opera for one of my many German classes only adds to my enjoyment of it. It should be noted that, as a child, Mozart palyed with the daughter of Maria Theresa. The name of the daughter was none other than Marie Antoinette. She was the character, Tamina, in the opera. As Tamino was the somewhat bumbling hero of this opera, I am guessing he was, in Mozart's mind, himself. Spoiler alert, He does end up with the girl in the end. It is truly a shame Mozart died so soon after the opera was released.

AND Yes, it is my most favorite aria of all.

Albert Hertz ,

Finally! A great opera podcast

Every episode is perfectly planned and edited. Enjoy the opera and learn about the details and background. Highly recommended.

stellablues99 ,

My favorite podcast!

This is the best podcast out there! Entertaining, informative, and beautifully produced. It’s been this opera novice’s obsession since I found it. More episodes, pronto! Grazie!

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