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Ep. 181: Great Divas I Have Seen Part I with Ira Siff
Worshipped, adored, and celebrated for their singing, the operatic diva has been thrilling audiences since the beginning of opera as an art form. In today’s episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we join lecturer Ira Siff as he tells of the great divas, such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi, and Leonie Rysanek, that he has had the pleasure of seeing live on the operatic stage.
Ep. 180: Opera and the Sea with Desirée Mays Part II
Whether you consider yourself a Wagnerian, or perhaps you are more drawn to the 20th Century nature of Benjamin Britten’s music, the sea has inspired some of opera’s most creative works. On this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we are excited to welcome back lecturer Desirée Mays for Part 2 of Opera and the Sea.
Ep. 179: Opera and the Sea with Desirée Mays Part I
The sea provides a vast array of opportunities for storytelling in operas. Despite being composed at different times and locations, composers and librettists have adapted the theme of the sea in unique ways. On this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we begin the first of two episodes with Guild lecturer Desiree Mays as she takes a detailed examination of these operas relating to the sea.
Ep. 178: Maria Callas Course Promo Episode
How did Maria Callas become a household name, and what happens when a singer’s vocal powers diminish? Who were Maria Callas’s contemporaries, and what stars have carried on her vocal legacy?
Today lecturer Matthew Timmermans discusses Maria Callas and the Metropolitan Opera Guild Online Learning course that aims to examine these enduring questions about La Divina herself.
Ep. 177: Opera in England Part II
Known for operatic works such as Peter Grimes, Turn of the Screw, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benjamin Britten drastically modernized opera in England, evolving it to become incredibly important in the operatic canon. Today on the Metropolitan Opera Guild podcast, lecturer Dr. Naomi Perley will explore why the works of Benjamin Britten have had such tremendous popularity.
Ep. 176: Die Frau ohne Schatten Talking About Opera
“Die Frosch” is the German word for “The Frog.” While Strauss may have playfully given this unfavorable nickname to Die Frau Ohne Schatten due to the many difficulties in staging the opera, he also regarded it as one of his greatest achievements, saying “it has succeeded nevertheless and has made a deep impression ... and music lovers, in particular, consider it to be my most important work.” On today’s episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, pianist Brian Zeger takes a closer look at this staple of the operatic repertoire.
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I subscribe to many but this is my favorite. From classic lectures to new interpretations, I’m well informed and delightfully energized about opera and the specific topics at hand.
Confirmation bias. Episode on Maria Callas by a pompous expert. Once I spoke with the wife of a Met tenor who sang with Maria Callas; she told me her husband said that Renata Tibaldi was the better contemporary soprano. All statements are opinions; I, too, am a Callas fan.
Renata Scotto, too, was a Diva to respect for her gifts to Italian opera. My singing maestro, a retired tenor centenarian, was singing at the Edinburgh festival and was giving a ticket by his friend to hear Callas sing. He went. She did not show, and was replaced by a young soprano who made her debut, Renata Scotto. He told me that at that moment “Renata Scotto out-Callased Callas”.
The presenter and expert speaks to the rich Met fans who are bored and spend their money on his opinions. And he adds critical race theory and social justice in his lecture: if he is a crusader for social justice—advocate that the wealthy pay more taxes. A few billionaires advocate for tax equity. An expert preaching in luxury to the wealthy—and getting their money. Flatter the cows to milk them. How transparent to me.
Maria Callas is a lightening rod. Don’t tap & pocket her electricity.
What an informative podcast: Tosca. September is my learn about Opera month and I have done so with your episode 156! Thank you!