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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
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
Official WebsiteiTunes
London's Barbican Centre offers interviews with classical music artists, orchestras and ensembles.

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


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

Music To My Ears
Official WebsiteiTunes
BBC Music Magazine’s podcast, Music to my Ears, features a series of interviews with well-known classical musicians and composers about their musical passions and discoveries.

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

The Naxos Blog
Official WebsiteiTunes
Explore the latest releases from Naxos and the performers and composers who make their recordings possible.

Classical Breakdown WETA
Official WebsiteiTunesSpotify
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.

The Operavision Podcast
Official Website
OperaVision next generation podcast series charts the journeys of singers on four young artist programmes across Europe – Oper Frankfurt, Palau de les Arts, the Rossini Opera Festival and Opera for Peace.


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

Opera for Everyone
Official Website
 • iTunes
From Wyoming's KHOL, this weekly podcast hosted by Pat Wright explores classic operas from a newcomer's perspective.

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


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

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

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

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

Lost Music: Exploring Literary Opera
Official WebsiteiTunes • Spotify
A podcast by Marc Eliot Stein of Literary Kicks. Why is opera relevant today? This sometimes-lost art form hides a fascinating, vibrant world.

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


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