"In the midst of chaos, I find peace by loving," Joyce DiDonato says. "I love, and that gets me out of the situation." Brooke Shaden/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joyce DiDonato On Why Art Matters In The Midst Of Chaos

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Joyce DiDonato stars in the new opera Great Scott as a world-famous diva who returns to her hometown and finds its opera company struggling to stay afloat. Karen Almond/Dallas Opera hide caption

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In 'Great Scott,' Joyce DiDonato Leads An Opera Within An Opera

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Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole Smith in Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the final production from the New York City Opera, which closed its doors for good this fall. Stephanie Berger hide caption

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In her latest video message, opera star Joyce DiDonato ponders the art of loneliness on the road. Nicholas Heavican hide caption

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"Music modulates levels of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical responsible for reward and pleasure," says author Daniel Levitin. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Houston Grand Opera on World of Opera -- 'La Cenerentola'

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Rossini, Riley And Remixes: New Classical CDs

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Champs-Elysees Theatre on World of Opera -- 'Beatrice and Benedict'

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Why George Frideric Handel Still Matters

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An American Opera Star Shines in Britain

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With the presidential election set for Tuesday, we take a look at operas that tackle today's toughest political issues. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen Prejean and Philip Cutlip as Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie's opera Dead Man Walking. Felix Sanchez/courtesy of Houston Grand Opera hide caption

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Jake Heggie: Dead Man Walking

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