Opera at Noon brings listeners to opera houses around the world for incredible performances of this art form that dates back to the 16th Century.

August 20: Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov performed by the Vienna State Opera. Mussorgsky’s masterpiece, Boris Godunov, is based on the play of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. It’s a story full of intrigue, war, and assassination in Tsarist Russia. Ukrainian bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk sings the title role, with Vitalij Kowaljow as Pimen and Dmitry Golovnin as Grigory. Sebastian Wiegle conducts.

August 27: Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut performed by the Vienna State Opera. In Puccini’s story of love and loss, Asmik Grigorian sings the title role, with Brian Jagde as Des Grieux and Artyom Wasnetsov as Geronte de Ravoir. Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducts.

September 3: Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda performed by La Scala. Saioa Hernández performs as Gioconda, with Daniela Barcellona as Laura Adorno, Fabio Sartori as Enzo Grimaldo, Judit Isabela Kutasi as La Cieca, and more. Frédéric Chaslin conducts this exquisite performance, set in a dark and mysterious Venice.