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Scottish-American soprano Mary Garden (1874-1967) portrayed Goethe's character Gretchen, known as Marguerite in Charles Gounod's opera Faust.
October 19, 2014 On Oct. 19, 1814, an Austrian teenager named Franz Schubert wrote "Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel," a boldly innovative song that remains an inspiration for singers and songwriters.
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Magda Olivero performing Francis Poulenc's one-woman opera La voix humaine at San Francisco Opera in 1979.
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September 8, 2014 The intensely expressive Italian singer had an unusually long career. "I always have the sense that when I hear her recordings that she's singing just for me," says soprano Renée Fleming.
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Madama Butterfly is one of many unhappy moms in opera.
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May 8, 2014 Mothers in opera tend to be, well, operatic — stressed, dramatic, expressive. Try identifying the manic moms in this Mother's Day puzzler.
From taffeta to tackles: Soprano Renee Fleming has been tapped to sing at Super Bowl XLVIII.
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January 21, 2014 We won't guess what her odds were, but it's superstar soprano Renee Fleming.
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December 13, 2013 The opera star sings some of her favorite songs, from Schubert to Joni Mitchell's "River," and performs a Gershwin tune with host Michael Feinstein.
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Reneé Fleming (right) and Susan Graham — two "cheerful Americans" often mistaken for each other — are planning an intimate evening of French song.
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January 23, 2013 Two opera stars conjure the intimate atmosphere of the late 19th-century Parisian salon, telling stories and singing songs by Saint-Saëns, Fauré and Debussy.
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has a passion for rhythmically free musical lines.
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April 13, 2011 The mild-mannered pianist is fiercely devoted to expressing rhythmical freedom in the musical line. Hear her pick favorite recordings by artists who share her aesthetic, from Wilhelm Furtwangler to Tift Merritt.
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Renee Fleming in the title role of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at the Washington National Opera.
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August 27, 2010 Acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming tackles the unforgiving title role, with Placido Domingo conducting, in a Washington National Opera production of Donizetti's steamy historical drama.
December 18, 2009 Marian McPartland and her guests from seasons past share their favorite memories when they're not performing Christmas classics and original holiday tunes. Guest artists include George Shearing, Tony DeSare, Renee Fleming, Cleo Brown and Dena DeRose.
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September 11, 2009 Acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming sings the unforgiving title role, with Placido Domingo conducting, in a Washington National Opera production of Donizetti's steamy historical drama.
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