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Interviews & Profiles

Soprano Jessye Norman

June 29, 2010 Hear the celebrated soprano talk about her first new solo record in more than 10 years.

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Soprano Jessye Norman.

September 22, 2009 Hear the extraordinary opulence soprano Jessye Norman brings to Strauss' final songs.

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March 16, 2009 Opera's Jessye Norman and hip-hop artists perform a multimedia work set to Langston Hughes' poetry.

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Richard Wagner was a larger than life figure, and his innovations as a composer changed Western music forever.

May 29, 2008 The controversial composer's innovative music inspired composers, authors, directors, and dictators.

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September 26, 2006 Singer Jessye Norman talks about the importance of arts for schoolchildren.

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News

Soprano Jessye Norman

September 15, 2010 On her 65th birthday, hear the singer's voice soar in heavenly music by Richard Strauss.

September 26, 2006 Singer Jessye Norman talks about the importance of arts for schoolchildren.

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A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.

December 25, 2012 The flow of classical Christmas albums has slowed, triggering a longing for past recordings.

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In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.

September 20, 2013 The soprano tells WBGO that studying jazz vocalists influenced the way she interprets songs.

What happens when musicians slow the music way down?

August 20, 2012 It's good to take it easy during these dog days of summer. But how slow is too slow?

Why are your musical tastes a reflection of you?

August 9, 2012 More than ever, music matters to us — a lot. But why do we like what we like?

Soprano Veronique Gens and tenor Joseph Kaiser star in a production of Gluck's Alceste at the 2010 Aix-en-Provence Festival.

March 8, 2012 The excesses of the early 18th century take a decisive hit from a reformer.

The changing of the season can trigger a change in musical appetite.

September 22, 2011 Some music can trigger a sense of fall. Watch Jessye Norman sing one of Strauss' autumnal treasures.

Music can help assuage Memorial Day blues.

May 29, 2011 War stories are tough, but music can help. Tell us which pieces get you through Memorial Day.

A languishing lute player

September 27, 2010 What's the saddest music you know? Hear the finest of the forlorn and the best of the bereaved.

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Frederic Chopin

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Gillian Welch

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Bon Iver

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Charles Mingus

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Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Roots: My Life, My Song

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  • Album: Roots: My Life, My Song
  • Artist: Jessye Norman
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Beethoven: Fidelio

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  • Album: Beethoven: Fidelio
  • Artist: Jonas Kaufmann
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2011
 

Opera Arias

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  • Album: Opera Arias
  • Artist: Lucia Popp
  • Label: Arts Music
  • Released: 1998
 

Gluck: Alceste [Highlights]

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  • Album: Gluck: Alceste [Highlights]
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: Orfeo
  • Released: 1988
 

Roberto Alagna: French Arias

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  • Artist: Roberto Alagna
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 2006
 

Jommelli: Il Vologeso

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  • Album: Jommelli: Il Vologeso
  • Artist: Frieder Bernius
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Strauss: Four Last Songs

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  • Artist: Jessye Norman
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  • Released: 2007
 

A Wagner Collection

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  • Artist: Jessye Norman
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  • Released: 2005
 

Panorama: Richard Wagner, Vol. 2

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  • Album: Panorama: Richard Wagner, Vol. 2
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  • Released: 2000
 

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  • Album: Lauritz Melchior Anthology, Vol. 3
  • Artist: Lauritz Melchior
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  • Released: 1987
 

Wagner: Die Meistersinger

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  • Title: Wagner: Die Meistersinger
  • Director: James Levine, Met Opera
 

Wagner: Ring Cycle

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The Vienna Philharmonic Plays Wagner

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Wagner Without Fear

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  • Album: Wagner Without Fear
  • Artist: William Berger
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  • Released: 1999