Aria Code

By WQXR & The Metropolitan Opera

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Subscribers: 1197
Reviews: 6
Episodes: 50

 May 29, 2021
Outstanding podcast. As scintillating as it is informative...and the music is sublime.

 Feb 20, 2021
This is a great podcast, beautiful and educational. I can't wait for it to teturn.

 Apr 1, 2020
wonderful, opens up the music and story

 Nov 7, 2019
A wonderful podcast about wonderful art, music and artists. Never thought I'd enjoy opera.

 Jun 18, 2019


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 Roberto Alagna, 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 Dame Judi Dench 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
Love and Other Drugs: Gounod's Roméo et Juliette
Jan 17, 2024
You Don't Own Me: The Myth and Magic of Bizet's Carmen
Jan 03, 2024
Revisiting Mozart’s Queen of the Night: Outrage Out of This World
Dec 13, 2023
Love Takes Flight: Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas
Nov 29, 2023
Davis’s X: The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X
Nov 15, 2023
Revisiting Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice: Don’t Look Back in Ardor
Nov 01, 2023
Good Things Come to Those Who Weep: Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
Oct 18, 2023
Death, Faith, and Redemption: Heggie’s Dead Man Walking
Oct 04, 2023
Aria Code Returns for Season 4!
Sep 28, 2023
P.S. I Love You: Renée Fleming Sings Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
Dec 01, 2021
To Be Or Not To Be: Dean's Hamlet
Nov 17, 2021
Potion, Emotion, Devotion: Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
Nov 03, 2021
Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones: A Boy of Peculiar Grace
Oct 13, 2021
Verdi's Nabucco: By the Rivers of Babylon
Sep 29, 2021
Once More Into the Breeches: Joyce DiDonato Sings Strauss
Sep 15, 2021
Breaking Mad: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
Aug 25, 2021
Crisis in the Kremlin: Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov
Aug 11, 2021
Only the Good Die Young: Verdi's La Traviata
Jul 21, 2021
Guys and Dolls: Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann
Jul 07, 2021
Strauss's Elektra: Waltzing With a Vengeance
Jun 23, 2021
Puccini's Tosca: Death is But a Dream
Jun 09, 2021
Handel's Agrippina: Nice Romans Finish Last
May 19, 2021
Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress: I Walk the Line
May 05, 2021
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro: Count On a Reckoning
Apr 21, 2021
Rossini's Barber of Seville: On a Wig and a Prayer
Apr 07, 2021
Verdi's Aida: There's No Place Like Home
Mar 24, 2021
Puccini's Turandot: Hope Never Sleeps
Mar 10, 2021
Aria Code Is Back and Bigger Than Ever!
Mar 03, 2021
Rossini's La Cenerentola: Opera's Cinderella Story
Feb 05, 2020
Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann: Fool for Love
Jan 29, 2020
Puccini's Turandot: Bewitched, Bothered, And Beheaded
Jan 22, 2020
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess: Rise Up Singing
Jan 15, 2020
Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier featuring Renée Fleming: Here's To You, Mrs. Marschallin
Dec 18, 2019
Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice: Don't Look Back in Ardor
Dec 11, 2019
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro: Sleepless in Sevilla
Dec 04, 2019
Philip Glass’s Akhnaten: I Am Your Sunshine, Your Only Sunshine
Nov 27, 2019
Puccini's Madama Butterfly: When My Ship Comes In
Nov 20, 2019
Verdi's Lady Macbeth: Sleepwalk with Me, featuring Anna Netrebko
Nov 13, 2019
Aria Code with Rhiannon Giddens is Back!
Nov 07, 2019
Floyd's Susannah: Hopeless in New Hope, featuring Renée Fleming
Jun 21, 2019
Flower Power: Don José and Dangerous Love in Bizet's Carmen
Feb 06, 2019
Massenet's Werther: You've Got Mail!
Jan 30, 2019
Mozart's Queen of the Night: Outrage Out of This World
Jan 23, 2019
Verdi's Rigoletto: First Love, Wrong Love
Jan 16, 2019
Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment: Sailing the High Cs
Jan 09, 2019
Saint-Saëns’s Dalila: She's a Femme Fatale
Jan 02, 2019
Puccini's Tosca: I Offered Songs to the Stars
Dec 26, 2018
Puccini's La Boheme: Is Love at First Sight Really a Thing?
Dec 12, 2018
Verdi's La Traviata: Opera's Original 'Pretty Woman'
Dec 04, 2018
Welcome to Aria Code with Rhiannon Giddens
Nov 19, 2018