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Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, written in response to the devastation of both World Wars, premiered in 1962.
November 10, 2013 Britten's response to the collective bloodshed of the 20th century remains as vital and visceral as it was when his Requiem premiered more than 50 years ago. It was commissioned for the reconsecration of Britain's Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed by a Nazi bomb raid in 1940.
Anna Netrebko's Verdi comes out August 20.
August 11, 2013 For her first studio album in five years, the celebrated soprano reveals a newly darkened, larger-sounding voice in a tribute to Guiseppe Verdi.
Con man/violin dealer Dietmar Machold holds a (purported) Strad in Moscow in 2003.
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September 21, 2012 Plus rumbling of orchestral trouble in Jacksonville, dogs and their music-loving friends and much more: From across the classical internet this week, all the news that's fit to link.
A screenshot of the Met Opera's new iPad app — featuring Anna Netrebko.
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March 15, 2012 Ten things to know about what should be a tech-savvy opera lover's dream app: more than 350 full operas from the 1930s to the present, all ready to stream on your iPad.
Soprano Patricia Ciofi sings an aria from Verdi's Rigoletto.
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January 25, 2012 From recitative to cabaletta, we've got the skinny on what's sung when the singer stands alone.
Anna Netrebko in rehearsal for Donizetti's 'Anna Bolena' at the Metropolitan Opera, September 2011.
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September 30, 2011 The fate of a queen, Chinese politics and some "lost" Beethoven: all the news that's fit to link.
Composer Steve Reich.
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July 22, 2011 An album cover controversy, Deborah Voigt's sharp-shooting and Anna's restaurant: all the news that's fit to link.
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Soprano Anna Netrebko stars in the Vienna State Opera production of Donizetti's Anna Bolena.
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April 22, 2011 Thanks to Donizetti, the historical figure Anne Boleyn has been sung by some of the world's greatest divas — from Maria Callas to Montserrat Caballé. With this new Vienna production, Anna Netrebko joins the list.
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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.
December 18, 2009 When classical musicians literally play to their own strengths, magic can happen. Hear today's top classical musicians revisit the music they know and love best in recordings chosen by Boston's WGBH.
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