Mozart's Queen of the Night (portrayed here by soprano Diana Damrau), in his The Magic Flute, is one of opera's more intense mothers.
May 9, 2013 Try rummaging through opera to find a tender scene between a mother and child and you'll come up stymied. Why are so many operatic moms depicted as murderous women on the verge of a nervous breakdown?
In a production of Verdi's opera Rigoletto at the Sydney Opera House, the title character (baritone Jonathan Summers) reels at the discovery of his dead daughter.
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April 11, 2012 Hear why these three composers are still superstars in opera houses worldwide.
January 3, 2012 The Queen of Soul is looking for a prince or princess of Puccini in a new competition for opera singers. And she's the one judging.
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June 1, 2011 The American singer enjoyed a career that stretched from the Metropolitan Opera to Broadway to Hollywood.
John Steane wrote about opera in an unstuffy, knowledgeable way.
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March 30, 2011 The British writer's breathtaking knowledge and affable prose set him apart from all others, fueling the passions of opera fans everywhere. Read reminiscences from Steane's fans and friends and hear some of his favorite singers.
Enrico Caruso (center) stars in the 1910 world premiere of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West. On the right, soprano Emmy Destinn as Minnie.
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December 10, 2010 Puccini's neglected spaghetti western makes a centennial return to the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Although the music is some of Puccini's most daring and satisfying, the opera has languished behind his bigger hits.
May 29, 2009 Torn between true love and the privileges of wealth, Puccini's Manon Lescaut tries to have it both ways and winds up losing everything. Karita Mattila sings the poignant title role in a production from Houston Grand Opera.
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