Metropolitan Opera & WQXR Announce Third Season of Aria Code

By Francisco Salazar

WQXR and the Metropolitan Opera have announced the third season of their opera podcast Aria Code.

The podcast, which is hosted by MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award–winning musician Rhiannon Giddens, brings to life the human experience at the heart of opera through storytelling, interviews, and performances from the Metropolitan Opera’s treasured archives.

The new season will launch on March 10, with an episode centered on the aria “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot. For the first episode, Giddens will be joined by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and former Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette who place the aria in its historical context, and Dr. Michael Cho, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who speaks to its powerful place in the present.

The season will also feature an episode with Terence Blanchard’s opera, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” “O patria mia” from Verdi’s “Aida,” “Il dolce suono… Spargi d’amaro pianto” from Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Una voce poco fa” from Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” and “Dostig ja vishei” from Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.”

Musical performances and recordings will include arias sung by Franco Corelli, Latonia Moore, Gerald Finley, Pretty Yende, Joyce DiDonato, Natalie Dessay, Joseph Calleja, Erin Morley, Renée Fleming, René Pape, Nina Stemme, Deborah Voigt, Will Liverman, and more. Other featured guests will include Naomi André, Fred Plotkin, Paul Thomason, Cori Ellison, James Conlon, Philip Ewell, Mahtem Shiferraw, Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, and Alex Ross.

Episodes will be released bi-weekly through November.