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Guest DJ: Simone Dinnerstein

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After 200 Years, A Schubert Song Still Resonates

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Magda Olivero performing Francis Poulenc's one-woman opera La voix humaine at San Francisco Opera in 1979. Ron Scherl/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Enduringly Dramatic Italian Soprano Magda Olivero Dies At 104

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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. Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging hide caption

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Reneé Fleming And Susan Graham At Carnegie Hall

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Listen: Renee Fleming On 'Song Travels'

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Piano Jazz Christmas Special 2009

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Renee Fleming: 'Four Last Songs' Of Strauss

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Marian McPartland's Holiday Offerings

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Verdi trumps Shakespeare by inserting a hauntingly beautiful "Ave Maria" into his operatic version of Othello. Universal Classics hide caption

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Hear What Makes 'Ave Maria' From Verdi's 'Otello' Great

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Renee Fleming Sings 'Lucrezia Borgia'

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