The Must-Listen Podcasts for Opera and Classical Music Fans

Classic Arts Features   The Must-Listen Podcasts for Opera and Classical Music Fans
 
Whether you're a neophyte or a longtime fan, here are the radio shows and podcasts for you!
Podcasts_Opera_Classical_Music_HR

Whether it’s keeping up with opera companies across the country or indulging in a deep-dive into composers or particular operas, podcasts have fans covered. Hosted by leading opera professionals as well as dedicated fans, there’s something for everyone interested in the genre, from casual listeners to lifelong aficionados. And now Playbill’s Classic Arts has compiled a list of some of the most popular podcasts below.

PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS AND VENUES

Metropolitan Opera Guild
Official WebsiteiTunesGoogle Play MusicSoundcloud
This podcast from the Met Opera Guild features lectures and events presented by the Guild in support of the Metropolitan Opera.

Barbican Classical Music
Official WebsiteiTunesGoogle Play MusicSoundcloud
London's Barbican Centre offers interviews with classical music artists, orchestras and ensembles, hosted by Edward Seckerson

Glyndebourne Opera
Official WebsiteiTunesSoundcloud
Podcasts centered around the productions presented by the annual summer festival.

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Official WebsiteiTunes
The London Philharmonic Orchestra's podcast offers a mix of interviews with conductors and soloists, album news, and pre-concert talks.

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Official WebsiteiTunes
Backstage at Lyric features behind-the-scenes interviews from Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Concert
iTunes
This podcast features performances from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

San Diego Opera (Video)
Official WebsiteiTunesGoogle Play Music
A weekly video podcast hosted by Nicholas Reveles featuring artists of San Diego Opera's productions.


RADIO NETWORKS & RECORD LABELS

BBC Radio 3: Composer of the Week (U.K. only)
Official WebsiteiTunesSoundcloud
BBC's classical station Radio 3 offers a weekly guide to composer and their music.

Meet the Composer WQXR
Official WebsiteiTunesGoogle Play MusicSoundcloud
From WQXR's Q2 stream, Nadia Sirota interviews leading contemporary composers.

New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher
Official WebsiteiTunesSoundcloud
In this weekly podcast from Minnesota Public Radio, Julie Amacher explores new classical music releases.

Classical Performance Podcast WGBH
Official WebsiteiTunes
Classical musical performances by local up-and-comers to world renowned masters, courtesy of Boston's WCRB.

BBC Music Magazine
Official WebsiteiTunes
Oliver Condy, editor of BBC Music Magazine and reviews editor Rebecca Franks talk about the month’s best new album releases.

The Naxos Blog
Official WebsiteiTunes
Raymond Bisha of the classical label Naxos explores the latest releases from Naxos and the performers and composers who make their recordings possible.


FOR BEGINNERS

Classical Classroom
Official WebsiteiTunesGoogle Play MusicSoundcloud
Dacia Clay of Houston's classical station KXNG learns about classical music.

Opera for Everyone
iTunesSoundcloud
From Wyoming's KHOL, this weekly podcast hosted by Keely Herron explores classic operas from a newcomer's perspective.

The Great Composers
Official WebsiteiTunesGoogle Play MusicSoundcloud
A podcast exploring the history and lives of famous composers and musicians


COMMENTARY & OPINION

Indie Opera
Official WebsiteiTunesGoogle Play MusicSoundcloud
A weekly podcast focused on news and interviews about new work and the future of opera.

Classical Podcasts
Official WebsiteiTunes
Lew Smoley's commentary, panel discussions and interviews about classical music.

Crushing Classical
Official WebsiteiTunesGoogle Play Music
Crushing Classical podcast is a series of interviews with musicians who are pioneering new career paths in the classical music.

Opera After Dark
Official WebsiteiTunesGoogle Play MusicSoundcloud
Breezy discussions about opera, co-hosted by Naomi Barrettara, Elspeth Davis and Kyle Homewood.

Opera Box Score
Official WebsiteiTunesSoundcloud
A talk radio show about opera from WNUR Chicago.


Recommended Reading: