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August 22, 2008 Rarely performed in its French version, the opera set the standard for melodrama and mad scenes.

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Interviews & Profiles

Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera.

October 7, 2013 One of today's preeminent Verdi singers spins deep tracks by the master opera composer.

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Renata Scotto

February 24, 2011 The great soprano chooses favorite recordings for a session of listening and conversation.

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Maria Callas as Turandot

February 15, 2010 The late, great opera diva continues to thrill and divide audiences with her distinctive sound.

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February 12, 2008 The popular video site provides a glimpse into great musical performances of the past.

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December 11, 2007 Musical scores, dresses and love letters offer a glimpse of the private passions of Maria Callas.

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March 3, 2008 The famed tenor possessed a robust voice imbued with the warmth of Italian sunshine.

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February 12, 2008 The popular video site provides a glimpse into great musical performances of the past.

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December 11, 2007 Musical scores, dresses and love letters offer a glimpse of the private passions of Maria Callas.

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September 16, 2007 With her vivid operatic interpretations, the great diva turned the operatic world on its head.

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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 Why are so many operatic moms depicted as murderous women on the verge of a nervous breakdown?

A diva on the town finds her way to NPR's new headquarters.

April 15, 2013 After a week on the town, NPR Music's cut-out Diva-in-Residence arrives at our new headquarters.

Maria Callas, a masterful bel canto singer, performs in the title role of Bellini's Norma in Paris, May 23, 1964.

March 28, 2012 The "beautiful singing" of the early 1800s marks an appealing milestone in the story of opera.

Is there good music that somehow isn't getting through to you?

February 6, 2012 Ever feel guilty about not appreciating music you know you should?

Soprano Natalie Dessay -- with the blood to prove it -- as the unhinged Lucia di Lammermoor.

September 29, 2010 How well do you know your divas? Take this interactive opera quiz and find out for yourself.

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Maria Callas: Legend

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  • Album: Maria Callas: Legend
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Released: 2005
 

The Callas Conversations

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  • Album: The Callas Conversations
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Released: 2005
 

Maria Callas: The Legend

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  • Artist: Maria Callas
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Verdi: Requiem Mass; Cherubini: Requiem in C minor

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  • Album: Verdi: Requiem Mass; Cherubini: Requiem in C minor
  • Artist: Riccardo Muti
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 1995
 

Verdi: Otello [1991 Recording]

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  • Album: Verdi: Otello [1991 Recording]
  • Artist: Luciano Pavarotti
  • Label: London
  • Released: 1991
 

Verdi: Il Trovatore [1957]

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  • Album: Verdi: Il Trovatore [1957]
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 1993
 

Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani

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  • Album: Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani
  • Artist: James Levine
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • Released: 1974
 

Verdi: I Due Foscari

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  • Album: Verdi: I Due Foscari
  • Artist: Piero Cappuccilli
  • Label: Philips
  • Released: 2007
 

Ernani

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  • Album: Ernani
  • Artist: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Label: Opera d'oro
 

Bellini: Norma

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  • Album: Bellini: Norma
  • Artist: Tullio Serafin
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 2003
 

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

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  • Album: Puccini: Madama Butterfly
  • Artist: John Barbirolli
  • Label: EMI Classics
 

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

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  • Album: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
  • Artist: Claudio Abbado
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 2006
 

Richard Strauss: Elektra

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  • Album: Richard Strauss: Elektra
  • Artist: Georg Solti
  • Label: Decca
 

Gaetano Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia

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  • Album: Gaetano Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 1989
 

Diva:Montserrat Caballe

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  • Album: Diva:Montserrat Caballe
  • Artist: Montserrat Caballé
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 1995
 

Callas Live

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  • Album: Callas Live
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: Angel Records
  • Released: 2005
 

Leyla Gencer, Vol. 2

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  • Album: Leyla Gencer, Vol. 2
  • Artist: Leyla Gencer
  • Label: Myto Records
 

Complete Decca Recitals

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  • Album: Complete Decca Recitals
  • Artist: Marilyn Horne
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2008
 

Homage to Maria Callas

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  • Album: Homage to Maria Callas
  • Artist: Angela Gheorghiu
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • Released: 2011
 

Mad Scenes

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  • Album: Mad Scenes
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 1997
 

Homage to Maria Callas [Deluxe Edition]

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  • Album: Homage to Maria Callas [Deluxe Edition]
  • Artist: Angela Gheorghiu
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • Released: 2011
 

Bellini: I Puritani

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  • Album: Bellini: I Puritani
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: EMI
 

Simply Callas [Box Set]

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  • Album: Simply Callas [Box Set]
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: Fonit Cetra Archives
  • Released: 2007
 

Bizet: Carmen

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  • Album: Bizet: Carmen
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 1964
 

Live in Concert

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  • Album: Live in Concert
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 1997
 

Prima Voce: Tetrazzini

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  • Album: Prima Voce: Tetrazzini
  • Artist: Luisa Tetrazzini
  • Label: Nimbus
  • Released: 1990
 

La Stupenda: The Supreme Voice of Joan Sutherland

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  • Album: La Stupenda: The Supreme Voice of Joan Sutherland
  • Artist: Joan Sutherland
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2001
 

Classic Recitals: Operatic Recital

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  • Album: Classic Recitals: Operatic Recital
  • Artist: Giuseppe di Stefano
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2004
 

Opera Heros

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  • Album: Opera Heros
  • Artist: Giuseppe di Stefano
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 1998
 

1944: His First Recordings

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  • Album: 1944: His First Recordings
  • Artist: Giuseppe di Stefano
  • Label: Grammofono 2000
 

Complete Studio Recordings

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  • Album: Complete Studio Recordings
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 2007
 

Life and Art (w/DVD)

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  • Album: Life and Art (w/DVD)
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Released: 2004
 

Puccini: Tosca

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  • Album: Puccini: Tosca
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 2004
 

Lyric and Coloratura Arias

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  • Album: Lyric and Coloratura Arias
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 2005
 

Bellini: Norma

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  • Album: Bellini: Norma
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 2003