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The Met: In Focus

In Focus, a new podcast series from the Metropolitan Opera, introduces audience members to the operatic masterpieces presented in the company’s award-winning Live in HD cinema transmissions. Hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger, In Focus provides historical context about the works and their creators, as well as insightful commentary about the drama and the music, accompanied by excerpts from past Met performances. For more information and a Live in HD schedule, visit metopera.org.

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Wagner's Die Walküre

A gallant warrior-goddess bravely defies her father to save a mortal from certain death. Her sisters chime in with one of music’s most famous battle cries. Learn more about Wagner’s Die Walküre with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

12mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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Massenet's Manon

A beautiful ingénue with a taste for the finer things makes her way to Paris, where she becomes irresistible to the men around her—including the passionate Chevalier des Grieux, whose all-consuming love for her leads to ruin. Learn more about Massenet’s Manon with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

12mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Puccini's Turandot

In ancient China, a princess tests the worthiness of her suitors by posing a series of riddles—killing those who answer incorrectly—until a brave warrior proves he’s up to the challenge. Learn more about Puccini’s Turandot with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

14mins

2 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites

From a convent in northeastern France, amid the chaos of the Revolution, an order of nuns commit the ultimate act of martyrdom, giving opera one of its most devastating and unforgettable final scenes. Learn more about Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

13mins

1 May 2019

Rank #4

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Verdi's La Traviata

Love. Heartbreak. Death. A classic tragedy and a classic opera. Learn more about Verdi’s La Traviata with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

13mins

6 Dec 2018

Rank #5

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Bizet's Carmen

She’s one of opera’s iconic heroines, the irresistible gypsy seductress who leads her jealous lover to tragedy. Learn more about Bizet’s Carmen with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

11mins

23 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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Muhly's Marnie

Theft, denial, deceit, and a captivating, enigmatic heroine. Learn more about composer Nico Muhly and librettist Nicholas Wright’s new opera Marnie with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

12mins

31 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment

She’s a spunky orphan brought up by an army regiment in the Alps. He’s the local country boy who falls in love with her. Together, they deliver unforgettable vocal fireworks, in Donizetti’s bel canto charmer. Learn more about La Fille du Régiment with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

11mins

20 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur

A passionate, larger-than-life stage actress vies with a conniving princess for the love of the same dashing count. Learn more about Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

12mins

2 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Puccini's La Fanciulla del West

A gun-slinging heroine. A romantic tale of the Wild West. The first great opera with an American setting. Learn more about Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

12mins

17 Oct 2018

Rank #10