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Lisa Smirnova studied Handel's suites for five years before recording them.
February 12, 2012 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.
Simon (Dmitri Hvorostovsky, center), on the verge of death, is comforted by Amelia (Olga Guryakova) and Adorno (Marco Berti), in Simon Boccanegra from Houston Grand Opera.
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February 19, 2010 Verdi drew inspiration from his own tragic life as a father for a number of his operas, including Simon Boccanegra, where a father-daughter relationship fuels one of his most complex and moving of his tragedies.
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October 26, 2007 The title character in Simon Boccanegra is among the most complex and poignant that Verdi ever created, and the opera is among his most beautiful. In this production from Houston, Boccanegra is played by the renowned baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
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