125 episodes

Forget what you thought you knew about classical music, and leave your preconceived notions at the door! Co-hosted by Naomi Barrettara, Elspeth Davis, and Kyle Homewood, Opera After Dark is a journey into the surprisingly wild, sometimes sexy, ALWAYS weird world of classical music. Join us as we settle in, open a bottle of wine, get tipsy, and discuss and share the crazy stories and bizarre facts about the “high art” that we love.

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    • 4.5, 140 Ratings

Forget what you thought you knew about classical music, and leave your preconceived notions at the door! Co-hosted by Naomi Barrettara, Elspeth Davis, and Kyle Homewood, Opera After Dark is a journey into the surprisingly wild, sometimes sexy, ALWAYS weird world of classical music. Join us as we settle in, open a bottle of wine, get tipsy, and discuss and share the crazy stories and bizarre facts about the “high art” that we love.

    Ep. 123: Victoria and Albert

    Ep. 123: Victoria and Albert

    With Memorial Day upon us (USA) and Victoria Day (Canada) just passed, we are taking the opportunity to talk about Queen Victoria and her love of opera, which she shared with her husband Prince Albert.

    • 57 min
    Ep. 122: Carl Maria von Weber

    Ep. 122: Carl Maria von Weber

    In today's episode, we talk about opera composer/conductor, Carl Maria von Weber. He was revolutionary in developing the role of the modern conductor, but of course, his life was full of scandal as well....

    • 34 min
    Ep. 121: Opera in Times of Crisis

    Ep. 121: Opera in Times of Crisis

    COVID-19 is impacting the entirety of the world, not the least of which is the impact on the classical music community. In this episode, we take a look at some of the impacts on the opera world, and also talk about some moments throughout history in which opera faced and overcame crisis.

    • 50 min
    Ep. 120: Der fliegende Holländer

    Ep. 120: Der fliegende Holländer

    In this episode, we talk about the opera that Wagner considered his first "true" work - DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER! Or, The Flying Dutchman. Its got leitmotifs. Its got arias. Its got orchestral storms with lots of brass. Its got a love triangle, a curse, a ghost ship, a ghost captain, and a obsessive leading lady. What more could you want in an opera?

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 119: Maria de Buenos Aires

    Ep. 119: Maria de Buenos Aires

    Most Opera After Dark episodes are recorded weeks in advance so you won't hear any mention of COVID-19 in today's episode, but please remember to support your local arts companies and artists during this crazy time.

    In the episode, we talk about the world's first, and perhaps only, tango opera: Maria de Buenos Aires. We hope you enjoy learning about this provocative piece by tango superstar Astor Piazzolla.

    • 37 min
    Ep. 118: Werther

    Ep. 118: Werther

    In this episode, we talk about one of Elspeth's favorite operas - the incredibly dramatic, over the top, ultimate French romantic work: WERTHER! The composer, Massenet, basically defined the music of the French Belle Époque, and he definitely made up for the lack of scandal in his personal life with the drama and emotions of Werther! And fun fact: this opera has a saxophone part.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

Ira Class ,

Favorite podcast!

There’s nothing better than listening to three people who love opera as much as you (especially when you’re not surrounded by opera lovers in your day to day life). Elspeth and Naomi are very informed (and Kyle has great reactions), and while yes, they do pronounce things wrong sometimes, that’s not the point. I loved being able to learn new things- even about operas I thought I knew!- and binged the whole podcast during quarantine.

torcat ,

Love these guys!

In one episode Kyle nicely says we can be your friends who like opera, that is what this podcast is in a nutshell. Every episode is a riot. It is also like Drunk History for opera. I never feel like they’re talking down to someone who doesn’t know about opera or music in general:

PaulWBR ,

Too much profanity

Some interesting information, but I couldn’t get past the excessive swearing of the commentators and had to stop listening to several episodes.

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