Podcast by Metropolitan Opera Guild
Podcast by Metropolitan Opera Guild
Ep. 151: Wagner Across Borders, Part 3 with Matthew Timmermans
Just as Massenet was accused of being a Wagnerian in France, so too was Puccini in Italy. From Wagnerian-sized voices to a complex orchestral sound, Wagner’s influence can be heard throughout the canon of Italian opera, but nowhere more so than in the work of Puccini. In this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer and musicologist Matthew Timmermans explores the influence of Wagnerian ideas across Puccini's output.
Ep. 150: Der fliegende Holländer with Victoria Bond
Wagner’s tale of the cursed sea captain and the love of a faithful maiden has captivated audiences since its premiere in 1843. On this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer, composer, and conductor Victoria Bond discusses the musical genius of Wagner and the power of love in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER.
Ep. 149: Agrippina with Victoria Bond
Filled with familiar figures from ancient Rome, Handel creates a comedic and lighthearted score to accompany a story with some pretty sinister sub-themes. Sir David McVicar’s production of Agrippina brings this balance of darkness and light to audiences at the Met for the very first time! On this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer, composer, and conductor, Victoria Bond takes a closer look at this baroque masterpiece.
Ep. 148: Wagner Across Borders, Part 2 with Matthew Timmermans
French grand opera was lavish and spectacular – and in many ways, the antithesis Wagner’s operatic ideals. Yet Wagner is often mentioned as a major influence in the work of French Grand Opera master, Jules Massenet. What is the common ground to be found between these two compositional giants? In this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer and musicologist Matthew Timmermans guides us through the Wagnerian influences in Massenet’s masterworks.
Ep. 147: Wagner Across Borders, Part 1 with Matthew Timmermans
This episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast begins with an exploration of Wagner's DER FLIEGENDE HÖLLANDER and examines how later German composers responded to Wagner’s new perspective on operatic performance. In the first of a four-part series, musicologist and lecturer Matthew Timmermans guides us through the transformative influence of Wagner’s musical ideas.
Ep. 146: Porgy and Bess Pre-Performance Lecture with Ellen Noonan
Despite its initial flop in 1935, PORGY AND BESS has gone on to become one of the most enduring and popular operas of the 20th century. In fact, it was the first opera by an American-born composer to be performed at the famous La Scala opera house in Milan. On this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we have New York University professor, director of archives, and the author of "The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess: Race, Culture, and America’s Most Famous Opera," Ellen Noonan, lecturing on this quintessential American opera.
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Amazing. Matt Timmerman on Wagner was so good.
Carl Raymond knocks it our of the park
OMG Carl Raymond has me intrigued and laughing from beginning to end. I want to see him in person the next time I’m in NYC.
Kudos to Desiree Mays!
Having listened to the podcasts from their inception, I continue to enjoy them immensely. My favorite speaker by far is the marvelous Desiree Mays. Her insightful and literate reviews go beyond just summarizing the plots and characters of the operas, and also include many historical and other appropriate anecdotes about the pieces.