11 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
776 Ratings

776 Ratings

Richard Ozer ,

Wonderful podcast, an inspired approach to opera

I really love this podcast. It was a great idea to combine musical, performance, historical and sociological information about each aria. It fleshes out the song. Personally, I would like a bit more musical analysis but I understand that subject is not for everyone.

tomaq ,

Best introduction to opera I've found

My interest in opera is relatively new and this podcast has been my entry point. Rhiannon Giddens' approach is to take a deep dive into a famous aria, usually with the singer but also with people who have some subject-matter experience with what's going on in the story -- a psychologist, a marital therapist, an astrophysicist (it makes sense in the context of the discussion of Mozart's "Queen of the Night" aria) even a former sex worker. Then you get to hear the entire aria under discussion. I love the whole 360-degree approach to the discussion -- the music, the sociology, the psychology, the storytelling. I'm taking a second listen to season one as I eagerly await season two. Thank you, Rhiannon and crew.

Lilacstar ,

Brava! Da Capo!

I rarely write reviews for Podcasts. However I enjoyed this podcast series so much that I wanted to write a review for it. I’ve always loved opera and been a huge fan. And I’ve listen to a lot of opera related podcasts over the years. And I have to be honest and say this is actually been one of the best done of this field. So many of them are filled with gossip and not information or are only meant as promos for various singers or various opera companies. But this opera podcast series makes the story of opera accessible and relatable and both the guests and the narrator of this podcast are excellent. And it really gives people a sense of the people that are behind these incredible areas that they sing on stage. And how emotional and impactful what they seeing on stage can really be for them personally. And I’m often asked to recommend A good podcast about opera and so far this podcast has really been the only one that makes the top of my list. It’s not intimidating so those who are just wanting to learn a little bit about opera find it to be informative and not intimidating and those that have left opera for many years still enjoy the stories and the gas and how the podcast is put together. I truly hope that this podcast continues and they do more episodes. A lot more episodes. It would be nice if it would be updated to wet it’s the sooners know whether it will be back for a second season or not.

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