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Gustavo Dudamel conducts Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Carnegie Hall.
January 9, 2013 Were you paying attention to what was happening in classical music in 2012? Here's a pop quiz. Try your hand at nailing the big and not so big stories of the past year.
Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli uncovers the music of Agostino Steffani, a 17th-century composer who led a double life as a diplomat.
September 24, 2012 The award-winning soprano uncovers the music of an Italian composer on her new album, Mission.
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September 23, 2012 The celebrated mezzo-soprano unearths music from a mysterious Baroque composer who doubled as a diplomat. Mission stands as another fascinating success in Bartoli's keen and continuing musical archeology.
Baritone William Shimell sings the title role in Handel's opera Hercules in Aix-en-Provence in 2004.
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February 29, 2012 Opera seria, with its prescribed plots and extravagant music, dominated 18th-century opera.
Baffled by buffo? Talking about opera can be like walking through a linguistic thicket.
November 3, 2011 Know your singspiel from your sitzprobe? Opera has its own special lexicon, and it can be baffling.
October 31, 2009 Inspired by the emotionally charged and virtuosic music of the Baroque era, the adventurous mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli's new CD is devoted to the dazzling music associated with the age of the castrati.
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December 11, 2007 The opera star is known for her musical obsessions, her latest being the music and repertoire of 19th-century diva Maria Malibran. Bartoli has built a traveling shrine to Malibran, and they're currently on tour together.
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September 25, 2002 Opera star Cecilia Bartoli is in the United States for a brief concert tour, singing selections from her new CD, The Art of Cecilia Bartoli. She talks with Robert Seigel about the recording, and her love of 18th century music.
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