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.

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Rossini's Barber of Seville: On a Wig and a Prayer 2021-04-07
Verdi's Aida: There's No Place Like Home 2021-03-24
Puccini's Turandot: Hope Never Sleeps 2021-03-10
Aria Code Is Back and Bigger Than Ever! 2021-03-03
Rossini's La Cenerentola: Opera's Cinderella Story 2020-02-05
Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann: Fool for Love 2020-01-29
Puccini's Turandot: Bewitched, Bothered, And Beheaded 2020-01-22
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess: Rise Up Singing 2020-01-15
Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier featuring Renée Fleming: Here's To You, Mrs. Marschallin 2019-12-18
Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice: Don't Look Back in Ardor 2019-12-11
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro: Sleepless in Sevilla 2019-12-04
Philip Glass’s Akhnaten: I Am Your Sunshine, Your Only Sunshine 2019-11-27
Puccini's Madama Butterfly: When My Ship Comes In 2019-11-20
Verdi's Lady Macbeth: Sleepwalk with Me, featuring Anna Netrebko 2019-11-13
Aria Code with Rhiannon Giddens is Back! 2019-11-07
Floyd's Susannah: Hopeless in New Hope, featuring Renée Fleming 2019-06-21
Flower Power: Don José and Dangerous Love in Bizet's Carmen 2019-02-06
Massenet's Werther: You've Got Mail! 2019-01-30
Mozart's Queen of the Night: Outrage Out of This World 2019-01-23
Verdi's Rigoletto: First Love, Wrong Love 2019-01-16
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