A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90

A birthday salute to a famed Italian tenor who knew how to guard his vocal resources. Not as loud or imposing as his rivals, Bergonzi sang with elegance and intensity for decades.

Tenor Carlo Bergonzi as Radames in Verdi's Aida in 1956, the year of his Metropolitan Opera debut.

After 36 Years, A Trumpeter Sounds His Last Note In New York

Philip Smith — principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, former teacher of Wynton Marsalis and hero to brass nerds everywhere — is retiring. Hear what makes him so idolized.

New York Philharmonic principal trumpeter Philip Smith plays at New York's Park Avenue Armory in a performance in June 2012.

Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93

The conductor served as musical and administrative head of New York's second-largest opera company at a time when American talent was flowering.

Julius Rudel, photographed (ca. 1970) in rehearsal with the orchestra of the New York City Opera, spent more than three decades with the company.

New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow

Glenn Dicterow became the youngest concertmaster in New York Philharmonic history in 1980, when he was just 31. After spending more than half his life leading the violin section, he says goodbye.

Glenn Dicterow joined the New York Philharmonic as its concertmaster in 1980. He has performed as its soloist every year since.

What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola

The sale of the most expensive musical instrument in history could be announced Wednesday. And it's a viola. (Will the viola jokes stop now?)

David Aaron Carpenter plays the 'Macdonald' Stradivarius viola at Sotheby's auction house for NPR in April.

Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler

To mark the changing of the season, test your ears in a musical puzzler inspired by warm summer evenings and the promise of romance.

At the Moab Music Festival in Utah, summer night performances take place in picturesque settings.

Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

A new opera from composer Ricky Ian Gordon, best known for his adaptation of The Grapes Of Wrath, uses tiny moments to tell the story of a big personality.

Stephanie Blythe (left) as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2014 production of 27.

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Swaying triple time has besotted dancers and musicians alike around the globe. But the quintessential high-society dance has surprisingly indecent roots.

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."

The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz

Know your "Marseillaise" from your "God Save the Queen?" If you fancy yourself a World Cup know-it-all, try matching the team to its national anthem in this musical puzzler.

German soccer players sing their national anthem Monday before their 2014 World Cup match against Portugal in Salvador, Brazil.

Join A Nationwide Performance Of The National Anthem

Today at 4 p.m. Eastern, everyone in the U.S. is invited to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." It's a Smithsonian tribute to the bicentennial of the anthem, a product of the War of 1812.

The Star-Spangled Banner manuscript and flag together in a gallery at the National Museum of American History.