Aria Code

WQXR & The Metropolitan Opera

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.

  • 29 November 2023, 9:00 am

    Love Takes Flight: Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas

    52 minutes 54 seconds
  • 15 November 2023, 9:00 am

    Davis’s X: The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X

    45 minutes 50 seconds
  • 1 November 2023, 8:00 am

    Revisiting Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice: Don’t Look Back in Ardor

    32 minutes 55 seconds
  • 18 October 2023, 8:00 am

    Good Things Come to Those Who Weep: Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore

    42 minutes 9 seconds
  • 4 October 2023, 4:00 am

    Death, Faith, and Redemption: Heggie’s Dead Man Walking

    44 minutes 58 seconds
  • 28 September 2023, 4:00 am

    Aria Code Returns for Season 4!

    2 minutes
  • 1 December 2021, 5:00 pm

    P.S. I Love You: Renée Fleming Sings Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

    51 minutes 13 seconds
  • 17 November 2021, 5:00 pm

    To Be Or Not To Be: Dean's Hamlet

    41 minutes 58 seconds
  • 3 November 2021, 4:00 pm

    Potion, Emotion, Devotion: Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

    39 minutes 46 seconds
  • 13 October 2021, 4:00 pm

    Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones: A Boy of Peculiar Grace

    42 minutes 45 seconds
  • 29 September 2021, 4:00 pm

    Verdi's Nabucco: By the Rivers of Babylon

    44 minutes 16 seconds
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