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It's time to get the dish about your favorite opera. But, you need to know what to expect in all the high-drama and exultant singing of this opera season. "Opera Abbreviated" gives you the plotlines without the platitudes – your CliffsNotes© of opera.

Host Christopher Purdy of Classical 101 provides in each 3-7 minute podcast a snapshot of performances from The Met: Live in HD series. With witty commentary and quick audio highlights from each opera, Purdy takes you through the action in an instant: the sordid relationships, the tortured romances, the joyous unexpected encounters and the tally of on-stage demises.

Know before you go. Listen to "Opera Abbreviated" before watching The Met: Live in HD series at these local theaters:

For more information on The Met: Live in HD series and to purchase tickets, visit: The Met's website

Most Recent Episodes

Opera Abbreviated: Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle

Anna Netrebko in the title role of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta.
Anna Netrebko in the title role of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta.
4:33PM
February 10, 2015

Opera Abbreviated, learn all about a magnificent double bill: Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.

Opera Abbreviated: The Tales of Hoffmann

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Erin Morley as Olympia and Vittorio Grigolo in the title role of Offenbach's "Les Contes d’Hoffmann."
8:48AM
January 30, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera presents Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann live in HD, Saturday January 31 at 1 pm. Opera Abbreviated takes you there early!

Opera Abbreviated Podcast: The Merry Widow

Renée Fleming as Hanna Glawari in Lehár's The Merry Widow.
Renée Fleming as Hanna Glawari in Lehár's The Merry Widow.
10:50AM
January 15, 2015

Opera Abbreviated tells you everything you need to enjoy this week’s live in HD broadcast of Lehar’s The Merry Widow.

Opera Abbreviated: Die Meistersinger

A scene from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
A scene from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
11:27AM
December 10, 2014

Opera Abbreviated gives you a glimpse of Wagner’s opera The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. You can see the opera live from the Met in a movie theater near you, on December 13 at noon.

Opera Abbreviated: Carmen

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The Metropolitan Opera presents Carmen, live in HD
9:49AM
October
29, 2014

Opera Abbreviated is all you need to enjoy Bizet’s Carmen, live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera, Saturday November 1 at 1 PM.

Opera Abbreviated: The Marriage of Figaro

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Listen to Opera Abbreviated for more on The Marriage of Figaro
4:11PM
October 15, 2014

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera, October 18 at 1.30 PM

Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Macbeth

Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera
Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera
9:01AM
October 8, 2014

Opera Abbreviated presents Macbeth, an Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi based on Shakespeare’s play. See it live in HD from the Met on Saturday, October 11.

Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Opera Project Columbus’ Pagliacci

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Take a look at Pagliacci which will be performed June 14-15 directed by Classical 101's Christopher Purdy.
2:05PM
May 30, 2014

Opera Project Columbus presents Pagliacci at the Jewish Community Center of Columbus June 14 and 15. Here’s a new Opera Abbreviated podcast with the violent story!

Opera Abbreviated: Carmen

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Kirstin Chavez sings Carmen with the Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus, May 9 and 10
1:15PM
May 6, 2014

Bizet’s opera Carmen comes to the Ohio Theater May 9 and 10. Check out the latest Opera Abbreviated podcast !

Opera Abbreviated: La Cenerentola/Cinderella

The Met's Rossini's La Cenerentola
Pietro Spagnoli as Dandini, Joyce DiDonato as Angelina, Rachelle Durkin as Clorinda, and Patricia Risley as Tisbe in Rossini's "La Cenerentola."
9:48AM
May
6, 2014

A look at Rossini’s La cenerentola, the final Met in HD offering of the season.