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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: Die Meistersinger

A scene from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
A scene from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
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

The Metropolitan Opera presents Carmen, live in HD
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
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
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

Take a look at Pagliacci which will be performed June 14-15 directed by Classical 101's Christopher Purdy.
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

Kirstin Chavez sings Carmen with the Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus, May 9 and 10
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."
6, 2014

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

Opera Abbreviated: Cosi fan Tutte

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Isabel Leonard as Dorabella and Susanna Phillips as Fiordiligi in Mozart's "Così fan tutte."
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
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

Opera Abbreviated (and the Met) present Puccini's La boheme
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.