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Baritone William Shimell sings the title role in Handel's opera Hercules in Aix-en-Provence in 2004.
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February 29, 2012 Opera seria, with its prescribed plots and extravagant music, dominated 18th-century opera.
July 4, 2007 Wendy Wang started singing before she even learned to talk. Now 16, the mezzo soprano spends a lot of time in activities besides singing. She's on the mock trial team and also started a jewelry company. She performs Scarlatti: "Se Florindo e fedele." This segment originally aired Dec. 20, 2006.
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April 1, 2005 A native of California, Jon Nakamatsu broke onto the international musical scene in 1997 when he became the first American since 1981 to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He performs music from Scarlatti and Liszt at NPR.
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