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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: 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.