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Countertenor David Daniels (right) and dancer Reed Luplau in the Santa Fe Opera's world-premiere production of Oscar, based on the life of Oscar Wilde.
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July 25, 2013 Daniels is one of the world's most celebrated countertenors: male vocalists who sing in a range usually associated with women. Hear a sneak preview from the new opera Oscar, starring the famous countertenor as Oscar Wilde.
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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.
Placido Domingo stars as Bajazet, with soprano Sara Coburn as Asteria, in Handel's Tamerlano.
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September 16, 2011 Placido Domingo takes on his 126th role: as Bajazet in Handel's taut drama Tamerlano..
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Placido Domingo stars as Bajazet, with soprano Sara Coburn as Asteria, in this production by Washington National Opera.
Karin Cooper/Washington National Opera
November 26, 2010 Placido Domingo takes on his 126th role, as Bajazet in Handel's taut drama, Tamerlano.
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April 30, 2009 Though Handel became a superstar in London with a string of deadly serious operas, he revealed his lighter side in the delightfully quirky comedy Partenope — an opera featuring a ditzy queen and a cross-dressing duellist.
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October 19, 2007 Countertenor David Daniels takes the brilliant title role in Julius Caesar, Handel's slightly offbeat take on Roman history, from Houston Grand Opera.
December 21, 2003 It certainly is the age of the song. The days of the MP3 aren't so different from the days of the 45 rpm. You pay a buck; the quality is good, but not as good as its more expensive counterpart. Back in the days of the 45, you'd stack your faves on a round 45 adapter, best side up, and one by one they would play, the tone arm lifting off the record long enough for the next 45 to magically fall onto the platter and play. You'd hope it wouldn't skip. The days of the 45 or even mix tapes seem antiquated in the age of the iPod and homemade CD's. We've "streamed" our picks for 2003's best songs, so click to listen and hope it doesn't skip!
November 22, 2002 Lynn Neary talks with counter-tenor David Daniels. When Daniels was training in graduate school at the University of Michigan he sang tenor but felt it wasn't his true singing voice. With help from a therapist, he decided counter-tenor was what he should be singing. He's had a very successful career as a counter-tenor and will perform in the first ever counter-tenor solo concert at Carnegie Hall tomorrow night. The music heard in this piece was: Vivaldi: "Fac ut ardeat" from Stabat Mater (Virgin Veritas 7243-5-45474-2 3); Handel: "Ombra mai fu" from opera Serse (Virgin Veritas 7243-5-45326-2-7); Handel: "Cara speme" from opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Virgin Veritas 7243-5-45326-2-7); Handel: "Despair No More Shall Wound Me" from opera Semele (Virgin Classics 7243-5-45497-2-4).
November 18, 2000 Countertenor David Daniels is performing in the title role of Rinaldo at the New York City Opera. He's making quite a name for himself, as all of the performances have been sold out. David D'Arcy has a profile.
September 13, 2000 Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews recordings by two countertenors: a collection of religious music for solo voice by Vivaldi performed by German born Andreas Scholl (on Decca) and Serenade (Virgin Classics) by American David Daniels.
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