Classical 101 Podcasts

Listen to the latest Opera Abbreviated episode above! The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus collaborates with Opera Columbus for two performances of Bizet's Carmen in the Ohio Theatre, Friday and Saturday May 9 and 10 and 8 pm. Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts.

This performance will be broadcast on the Columbus Symphony broadcast series May 18 at 1 pm. 

Carmen! What's not to love. She's comes down to us as a gypsy girl, hands on hip, rose in her teeth, a man killer, a harlot, the nightmare of every boy's Mama.

The Metropolitan Opera presents Rossini's La cenerentola.

La cenerentola takes some liberties with the story of Cinderella as we know her. This zany and delightful opera dates from 1818.

Successful performances depend on a spot-on conductor, a hunky tenor with lots of coloratura and a lovely mezzo-soprano with lots and LOTS of coloratura. This is what I mean by coloratura:

The Metropolitan Opera presents Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte live in HD Saturday April 26 at 1 PM. James Levine conducts. For locations in our listening area and more information, go to The Met's website.

When an opera is called Cosi fan Tutte, you pay attention. Mozart wasn't thinking of ice cream or Little Richard (Tutti-frutti). Instead he created an opera of great beauty and charm with an unsavory premise.

The School of Music at The Ohio State University presents Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at The Drake Performance and Event Center on Thursday, April 17 and Saturday, April 19.

Russel Mikkelson conducts with the production by A. Scott Parry. More information at

The Metropolitan Opera presents Puccini's La Boheme live in HD in move theaters worldwide, Saturday April 5, at 1 p.m. 

Opera Abbreviated tells you everything you need to know to enjoy the world's most loved operas.

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) was killer handsome, a world class womanizer, a lover of good cigars, fast cars and women, women, women. Women in the flesh and women on the page.

The Metropolitan Opera presents a new production of Jules Massenet's Werther live in HD in cinemas around the world, Saturday March 15 at 1 p.m.

Do you remember the commercials with the kindly Grandpa dandling a bonny three-year old and feeding him butterscotch candy? Werther's is a wonderful candy popular hereabouts, and who doesn't love a sweet Grandpa?

Werther is Massenet's French opera is based on a German novella by Goethe, Die leiden des jungen Werther.