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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.
To Be Or Not To Be: Dean's Hamlet
Potion, Emotion, Devotion: Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
Verdi's Nabucco: By the Rivers of Babylon
Once More Into the Breeches: Joyce DiDonato Sings Strauss
Breaking Mad: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
Crisis in the Kremlin: Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov
Only the Good Die Young: Verdi's La Traviata
Guys and Dolls: Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann
Strauss's Elektra: Waltzing With a Vengeance
Puccini's Tosca: Death is But a Dream
Handel's Agrippina: Nice Romans Finish Last
Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress: I Walk the Line
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro: Count On a Reckoning
Rossini's Barber of Seville: On a Wig and a Prayer
Verdi's Aida: There's No Place Like Home
Puccini's Turandot: Hope Never Sleeps
Aria Code Is Back and Bigger Than Ever!
Rossini's La Cenerentola: Opera's Cinderella Story
Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann: Fool for Love