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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.

Customer Reviews

So wonderful!

Such a great podcast, and I'm so sorry that there are only 10 episodes. I hope the excxellent reviews encourage the team to make more of these. I love opera, but know next to nothing about it, and so these podcasts have just been so great for me! And the podcast is so well put together, it's such a pleasure to listen.

So much fun!

I am in the process of binge-listening to season one of this podcast. The perspectives and insights are interesting and fun. Please have a season two, as soon as possible!

A major round of applause for Aria Code & Rhiannon Giddens!

I listened to every one of the Aria Code podcasts and was enthralled by the whole concept of this production. The way every aria is dissected and demystified was amazing. Each was thoroughly researched and the comments from the guests brought so much more insight into these marvelous pieces. Thanks Ms. Rhiannon Giddens for bringing forth this aural delight to the operaphiles of the world. I'm looking forward to the future episodes of Aria Code!

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