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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.
Rossini's La Cenerentola: Opera's Cinderella Story
Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann: Fool for Love
Puccini's Turandot: Bewitched, Bothered, And Beheaded
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess: Rise Up Singing
Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier featuring Renée Fleming: Here's To You, Mrs. Marschallin
Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice: Don't Look Back in Ardor
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro: Sleepless in Sevilla
Philip Glass’s Akhnaten: I Am Your Sunshine, Your Only Sunshine
Puccini's Madama Butterfly: When My Ship Comes In
Aria Code with Rhiannon Giddens is Back!
Floyd's Susannah: Hopeless in New Hope, featuring Renée Fleming
Flower Power: Don José and Dangerous Love in Bizet's Carmen
Massenet's Werther: You've Got Mail!
Mozart's Queen of the Night: Outrage Out of This World
Verdi's Rigoletto: First Love, Wrong Love
Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment: Sailing the High Cs
Saint-Saëns’s Dalila: She's a Femme Fatale
Puccini's Tosca: I Offered Songs to the Stars
Puccini's La Boheme: Is Love at First Sight Really a Thing?