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Classic Arts Features The Must-Listen Podcasts for Opera and Classical Music Fans Whether you're a neophyte or a longtime fan, here are the radio shows and podcasts for you!

Whether it’s keeping up with opera companies across the country or indulging in a deep-dive into composers or particular operas, podcasts have fans covered. Hosted by leading opera professionals as well as dedicated fans, there’s something for everyone interested in the genre, from casual listeners to lifelong aficionados. And now Playbill’s Classic Arts has compiled a list of some of the most popular podcasts below.


Metropolitan Opera Guild
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This podcast from the Met Opera Guild features lectures and events presented by the Guild in support of the Metropolitan Opera.

Barbican Centre: Nothing Concrete
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London's Barbican Centre offers interviews with classical music artists, orchestras and ensembles.

London Philharmonic Orchestra
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The London Philharmonic Orchestra's podcast offers a mix of interviews with conductors and soloists, album news, and pre-concert talks.

San Diego Opera (Video)
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A weekly video podcast hosted by Nicholas Reveles featuring artists of San Diego Opera's productions.


BBC Radio 3: Composer of the Week (U.K. only)
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BBC's classical station Radio 3 offers a weekly guide to composer and their music.

Meet the Composer WQXR
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From WQXR's Q2 stream, Nadia Sirota interviews leading contemporary composers.

New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher
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In this weekly podcast from Minnesota Public Radio, Julie Amacher explores new classical music releases.

Classical Performance Podcast WCRB
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Classical musical performances by local up-and-comers to world renowned masters, courtesy of Boston's WCRB.

BBC Music Magazine
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Oliver Condy, editor of BBC Music Magazine and reviews editor Rebecca Franks talk about the month’s best new album releases.

The Naxos Blog
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Raymond Bisha of the classical label Naxos explores the latest releases from Naxos and the performers and composers who make their recordings possible.

Classical Breakdown WETA
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John Banther takes classical music fans behind the scenes with interviews, deep dives, and analysis. Episodes released bi-weekly on Tuesdays. Produced by Classical WETA in Washington, D.C.


Classical Classroom
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Dacia Clay of Houston's classical station KXNG learns about classical music.

Opera for Everyone
From Wyoming's KHOL, this weekly podcast hosted by Keely Herron explores classic operas from a newcomer's perspective.

The Great Composers
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A podcast exploring the history and lives of famous composers and musicians


Aria Code
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Rhiannon Giddens explores famous arias from opera history, with each episode examining a single aria.

Indie Opera
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A weekly podcast focused on news and interviews about new work and the future of opera.

Classical Podcasts
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Lew Smoley's commentary, panel discussions and interviews about classical music.

Crushing Classical
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Crushing Classical podcast is a series of interviews with musicians who are pioneering new career paths in the classical music.

Opera After Dark
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Breezy discussions about opera, co-hosted by Naomi Barrettara, Elspeth Davis and Kyle Homewood.

Opera Box Score
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A talk radio show about opera from WNUR Chicago.


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