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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 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

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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.

Opera Abbreviated: Cosi fan Tutte

Isabel Leonard as Dorabella and Susanna Phillips as Fiordiligi in Mozart's
Isabel Leonard as Dorabella and Susanna Phillips as Fiordiligi in Mozart's "Così fan tutte."
11:35AM
April 24, 2014

Cosi fan Tutte, a bittersweet battle of the sexes is the next Met-in-HD presentation and is the subject of the latest Opera Abbreviated podcast. Listen up.

Opera Abbreviated: Opera at Ohio State

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Peter Pears, Kathleen Ferrier and Benjamin Britten with the score to The Rape of Lucretia
2:03PM
April 8, 2014

Here’s a special edition of Opera Abbreviated. Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia will be performed April 17th and 19th by OSU Opera Dept at Drake Performance Center

Opera Abbreviated: La Boheme

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Opera Abbreviated (and the Met) present Puccini's La boheme
1:55PM
April 1, 2014

Puccini’s La boheme is the next installment of the Met-live-in-HD-series. See it April 5. Opera Abbreviated that tells you all you need to know, and encourages a good cry.

Opera Abbreviated: Prince Igor

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Ildar Abdrazakov as Prince Igor Svyatoslavich in Borodin's "Prince Igor."
10:00AM
February 25, 2014

The latest Opera Abbreviated podcast features Borodin’s Prince Igor. See it live form the Met in HD on March 1 at noon, or listen to the live radio broadcast on Classical 101

Podcast: Opera Abbreviated – Rusalka

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Piotr Beczala as the Prince and Renée Fleming in the title role of Dvořák's "Rusalka."
11:00AM
January
29, 2014

Opera Abbreviated tells you everything you need to know aobut Dvorak’s opera Rusalka. You can see the opera in HD live from the Met on February 8.

Opera Abbreviated: Falstaff

Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
11:55AM
December 5, 2013

Opera Abbreviated presents a pithy few minutes on Verdi’s Falstaff

Opera Abbreviated: TOSCA

Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
2:59PM
November 5, 2013

In this episode of Opera Abbreviated, Classical 101′s Christopher Purdy takes a look at Giacomo Puccini “Tosca” which will appear in movie theaters starting Nov. 9 as a part of The Met’s 2013-14 Live in HD season.