Aria Code

By WQXR & The Metropolitan Opera

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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.

Episode Date
Puccini's La Boheme: Is Love at First Sight Really a Thing?
25:02
<p><span>Love at first sight is not just a cliché of romantic comedies: more than half of all Americans say they’ve experienced it. Can this explain the timeless appeal of Puccini’s </span><em><span>La Bohème</span></em><span>? In this episode, host <a href="http://www.rhiannongiddens.com/">Rhiannon Giddens</a> and her guests consider what love at first sight is really all about, sharing perspectives on the music, the history and, yes, the brain science. Plus, you'll hear tenor Vittorio Grigolo sing the complete aria "Che gelida manina" from the </span><span><a href="https://www.metopera.org/">Metropolitan Opera</a></span><span> stage. </span><span></span></p> <p><strong>The Guests</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.vittoriogrigolo.com">Vittorio Grigolo</a> started singing as a young boy, when the Italian press gave him the nickname Il Pavarottino (“The Little Pavarotti”). Today, he is one of the world’s leading tenors. He debuted as Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Met in 2010.</p> <p><a href="http://www.jameskuslan.com">James Kuslan</a> is a lecturer and writer on opera and culture. His writing has appeared everywhere from the pages of Opera News to the liner notes of Deutsche Gramophon records.</p> <p><a href="http://www.helenfisher.com">Dr. Helen Fisher</a> is a biological anthropologist who studies the brain systems that affect human social behavior. She holds positions at Rutgers University and the Kinsey Institute. She is also the Chief Scientific Advisor to <a href="https://www.match.com/">Match.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>The Team</strong></p> <p><em><span>Aria Code</span></em><span> is produced by WQXR in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera. Our team includes Merrin Lazyan, Brendan Francis Newnam, Matt Boynton, Ricardo Quiñones, Ania Grzesik, Khrista Rhypl and Matt Abramovitz. Original music by Hannis Brown.</span></p> <p><br><span></span></p>
Dec 12, 2018
Verdi's La Traviata: Opera's Original 'Pretty Woman'
33:10
<p><span>Verdi’s </span><em><span>La Traviata </span></em><span>revolves around the high-class courtesan Violetta, the quintessential "tart with a heart" who falls for Mr. Right but can’t decide whether she really wants to settle down. (Spoiler alert: it’s an opera, so she never gets the chance.) In this episode, host <a href="http://www.rhiannongiddens.com/">Rhiannon Giddens</a> and her guests reflect on Violetta’s spectacular Act I finale and its deep inner conflicts around love and freedom. Plus, you'll hear the complete aria sung from the Met Opera stage. </span></p> <p><strong>The Guests</strong></p> <p><span><a href="https://diana-damrau.com/en/">Diana Damrau</a> is one of the leading sopranos of our time. She has performed at all the world's major opera companies, specializing in lyric and coloratura roles. She's currently singing the role of Violetta at the <a href="https://www.metopera.org/">Metropolitan Opera</a>. </span></p> <p><span><a href="http://coriellison.com/">Cori Ellison</a> is the company dramaturg for Santa Fe Opera and has also worked with the Glynebourne Festival Opera, New York City Opera and the Juilliard School. She's our go-to opera guru for traditional and contemporary repertoire. </span></p> <p><a href="https://www.brookemagnanti.com/">Brooke Magnanti</a> is a writer who earned her doctorate in forensic pathology, but you might know her as Belle de Jour. Her book, <em>The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl</em>, documented her year working as an escort and inspired a TV series and several follow-up books.</p> <p><strong>The Team</strong></p> <p><em><span>Aria Code</span></em><span> is produced by WQXR in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera. Our team includes Merrin Lazyan, Brendan Francis Newnam, Matt Boynton, Ricardo Quiñones, Ania Grzesik, Khrista Rhypl and Matt Abramovitz. Original music by Hannis Brown.<br></span></p>
Dec 04, 2018
Welcome to Aria Code with Rhiannon Giddens
2:21
<p>Aria Code is a new 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 by WQXR in partnership with The Metropolitan Opera.<br><br>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.</p> <p>Our first episode drops December 4, 2018!</p>
Nov 19, 2018