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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: Prince Igor

Ildar Abdrazakov as Prince Igor Svyatoslavich in Borodin's
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

Piotr Beczala as the Prince and Renée Fleming in the title role of Dvořák's
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.

Podcast: Opera Abbreviated – Shostakovich’s The Nose

Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
7:49AM
October 23, 2013

In this episode of Opera Abbreviated, Classical 101′s Christopher Purdy takes a look at Shostakovich’s The Nose which will appear in movie theaters starting October 26 as a part of The Met’s 2013-14 Live in HD season.

Podcast: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
12:00PM
September 25, 2013

In the first episode of the Opera Abbreviated podcast, Christopher Purdy takes a look at Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, which will appear in movie theaters starting October 5 as the opening of The Met’s 2013-14 Live in HD season.