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Maria Callas at home in her Milan Apartment, in 1958. One of 85,000 archive films British Pathé has uploaded to YouTube.
April 25, 2014 From Queen Victoria's funeral to a tour of Maria Callas' Paris apartment, a British newsreel archive has just uploaded 85,000 historic films to YouTube. Watch a few of our favorite music clips.
Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera.
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October 7, 2013 To mark the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, one of today's preeminent sopranos spins her favorite music by the master opera composer — from the emotionally electrifying fourth act of Il trovatore to the tender purity of the "Ave Maria" in Otello.
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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 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?
A diva on the town finds her way to NPR's new headquarters.
April 15, 2013 After a week on the town, with visits to the White House, the Opera House and Ben's Chili Bowl, NPR Music's Diva-in-Residence (and cardboard cut-out) makes her way to our brand-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 Angela Gheorghiu conjures the spirit (and the music) of the late diva Maria Callas on her new album.
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November 15, 2011 One of today's reigning opera divas needn't rely on a long-gone legend to help sell records.
Renata Scotto has retired from the stage, but she hasn't slowed down — she's now a director and costume designer.
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February 24, 2011 After decades of performing with the greatest singers — from Maria Callas to Luciano Pavarotti — Scotto's giddy enthusiasm for music is undiminished. She chooses her favorite recordings for an informal session of listening and conversation.
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Soprano Natalie Dessay -- with the blood to prove it -- as the unhinged Lucia di Lammermoor.
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September 29, 2010 How well do you know your divas? Can you tell a Callas from a Caballe? A Dessay from a Destinn? A Take this interactive opera quiz and find out well you rate on the scale of operatic nerdhood.
More than 30 years after her death in 1977, Maria Callas' voice continues to thrill and divide fans and experts.
February 15, 2010 The late, great opera diva's sound could sometimes be hollow and dark, sometimes shrill, sometimes gorgeous. Callas continues to thrill and divide audiences with her distinctive voice and the raw intensity she put into it.
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