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Verdi's Otello: We All Have Demons, But Sometimes The Demons Have Us
The legendary Plácido 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. Plácido 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 Plácido 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. Leahy 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 Quiñones, Ania Grzesik, Khrista Rypl and Matt Abramovitz. Original music by Hannis Brown.
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SPECIAL EPISODE - Floyd's Susannah: Hopeless in New Hope, featuring Rene Fleming
When the great American composer Carlisle Floyd wrote his first full-length opera, Susannah, back in the 1950s, he had no way of knowing how the Biblical themes of shame, blame and lust would still resonate today. In this special episode of Aria Code, host Rhiannon Giddens joins soprano Renée Fleming, writer and stage director Thomas Holliday, and feminist writer Leora Tanenbaum to consider the haunting folk aria “The Trees on the Mountains,” and the devastating loss of innocence at the heart of the story. You’ll hear Fleming’s performance from the Metropolitan Opera’s 1999 production of Susannah, as well as Rhiannon Giddens’ version from her new album, there is no Other. The Guests One of the most celebrated singers of our time, soprano Renée Fleming has used her voice to break down the barriers between different genres of music. From opera to Broadway to jazz, and even the movie soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings, this fourteen-time Grammy nominated artist has sung it all. Stage director and writer Thomas Holliday practically became a member of the Floyd family when he embarked on five years of research and interviews for the comprehensive biography Falling Up: The Days and Nights of Carlisle Floyd. Feminist writer Leora Tanenbaum has been writing books and articles about slut-shaming and the sexual double standard for over 20 years. When she’s not fighting the good fight for gender equality, Leora can be found at Columbia University, where she is Director of Communications. Special thanks to the Metropolitan Opera, Boosey & Hawkes, and Nonesuch Records for the music in this episode.
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