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The 'Blues' According to Ruben Santiago-Hudson
The actor's one-man show, "Lackawanna Blues," captures the colorful world of the 1950s boardinghouse in upstate New York that was his childhood home.
Aired 9 months ago 26:43
Verdi's Otello: We All Have Demons, But Sometimes The Demons Have Us
The legendary PlÃ¡cido Domingo says he's not a jealous guy, but he must know something about it because he's played the part of Othello more than 200 times. Shakespeare called jealousy the "green-eyed monster" and no opera captures what happens when that monster takes over better than Verdi's adaptation of the tragedy. In this episode, host Rhiannon Giddens and her guests consider how jealousy always seems to know where to find us: at work, in our friendships, and of course, in love. PlÃ¡cido Domingo takes you through his career-defining role, sharing the tragedy of a man undone by his demons, plus you'll hear him sing the complete aria "Dio mi potevi Scagliar" from the Metropolitan Opera stage. The Guests PlÃ¡cido Domingo is not only Rhiannon's favorite singer, but he is also one of the most influential artists in the history of opera. He just celebrated fifty years of performing at the Met and has played the role of Otello (by his count) 225 times. Robert L. LeahyÂ is teaches at Weill Cornell Medical School and is the director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York. He's written 27 books, including The Jealousy Cure. Ruben Santiago-Hudson is an actor, playwright and director. He may best known for his work on TV and on Broadway, but this year he directed Othello for Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater. Virginia Mason Vaughan is a member of the faculty at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. For more than three decades, she's studied the construct of race in Shakespeare's time and is the author of Othello: A Contextual History. Thanks, too, to Justin Cunningham who read the part of Othello. He's a Julliard-trained actor and you'll see him next in the new Netflix series about the Central Park Five. The Team Aria Code is produced by WQXR in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera. Our team includes Merrin Lazyan, Brendan Francis Newnam, Matt Boynton, Ricardo QuiÃ±ones, Ania Grzesik, Khrista Rypl and Matt Abramovitz. Original music by Hannis Brown.
Aired 8 months ago 26:04
Mozart's Queen of the Night: Outrage Out of This World
When the Voyager spacecraft set off to explore the galaxy in 1977, it carried a recording to represent the best of humanity. The â€œGolden Recordâ€ featured everyone from Bach to Chuck Berry, but there was only one opera aria: the rage-fest from Mozartâ€™s The Magic Flute. In this episode, host Rhiannon Giddens and her guests consider why the Queen of the Nightâ€™s big moment â€“ â€œDer HÃ¶lle Racheâ€ â€“ is an out-of-this-world achievement, how Mozart created a profound fairy tale for adults and what it takes for a soprano to reach the stratosphere. Youâ€™ll hear Kathryn Lewek hit all those high notes onstage at the Metropolitan Opera and talk to Timothy Ferris, the man who produced NASAâ€™s â€œGolden Record.â€ The Guests Soprano Kathryn Lewek describes singing â€œDer HÃ¶lle Racheâ€ as throwing darts with your eyes closed. But after performing the part more than 200 times, she certainly knows how to hit the bullseye. Harvard University professor Carolyn Abbate once took her son to see The Magic Flute and he declared it to be â€œbad, but not in the way I expected it be bad.â€ Her latest book is A History of Opera: The Last Four Hundred Years. Composer and author Jan Swafford was a graduate student when he spent his last $50 to buy a copy of The Magic FluteÂ and immediately regretted it: he hated the opera. To say heâ€™s warmed to Mozart over the years would be a wild understatement. Timothy Ferris produced the Golden Record that went up with NASAâ€™s Voyager space probes in 1977. It was the only record he ever produced, but he's written many books includingÂ Coming of Age in the Milky Way, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.