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Opera Abbreviated Podcast: 'Samson et Dalila'

Bring on the dancing. The Metropolitan Opera has a hot new production of Camille Saint-Saens' Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah) complete with bacchanal.

14mins

17 Oct 2018

Rank #1

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Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Giuseppe Verdi's 'Aida'

The Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus present Giuseppe Verdi's Aida at the Ohio Theatre, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. Rossen Milanov conducts.

30mins

31 Jan 2018

Rank #2

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SoundReels: Dancing With The Devil In Leonard Bernstein's Score For 'West Side Story'

Even if you’ve never seen the 1957 hit musical West Side Story, I'll bet you can hum the tune from "Tonight," "Maria," "America" or any number of the show's signature songs and dance pieces on command.

15mins

1 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Verdi's 'Aida' At The Met

The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD presentations, beamed into cinemas worldwide, begins a new season Saturday, Oct. 6. Anna Netrebko stars in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida.

30mins

4 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Idomeneo

The Metropolitan Opera's next performance of Mozart's Idomeneo will be seen Live in HD in cinemas all over the world at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

10mins

21 Mar 2017

Rank #5

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Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Gioachino Rossini's 'Semiramide'

The Metropolitan Opera presents Gioachino Rossini's Semiramide, broadcast live from New York in HD to movie theaters worldwide at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10.

16mins

1 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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SoundReels: Cycles of Fate in John Corigliano's Score for 'The Red Violin'

A violin with a past is fated to keep dooming the present.

13mins

1 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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Opera Abbreviated: Donizetti's 'Daughter of the Regiment'

In 1972, I saw a production of Gaetano Donizetti's opera La Fille du Regiment ("The Daughter of the Regiment"), starring Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. And in 1972, there were no two opera singers more famous, more skilled or greater.

13mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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SoundReels: Classical 101 Launching New Film Music Podcast

Ah, the joys of summer — sunshine, long days, grilling on the patio — and movies.

1min

30 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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Opera Abbreviated Podcast: 'Cendrillon,' the French Cinderella

The Metropolitan Opera presents a new production of Jules Massenet's Cendrillon, screened live in HD at movie theaters worldwide at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

19mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #10