Don't be caught fishing for facts about Verdi on the bicentennial of his birth.
October 9, 2013 Don't know your Traviata from your Trovatore or your Otello from your Aida? Try out this handy cheat sheet — with music — to explore the greatest of Italian composers on the centennial of his birth. Hear his music and learn the unlikely story of his rise from a small town to international renown.
Don't let a bounty of baritones leave you bewildered.
December 14, 2011 Hear what happens when the natural male speaking voice turns to song in this baritone bonanza.
August 31, 2009 Rising young soprano Danielle de Niese is about to release a new album dedicated to lesser-known Mozart arias. Hear the entire CD before it's released, and download an NPR exclusive bonus track: "Pupille Amate," from an opera Mozart wrote when he was 16.
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November 30, 2007 Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel conquered the world of opera in the '90s, singing at major concert venues the world over. Amid two New York City appearances, he visits the WNYC studios for an interview.
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March 16, 2007 World of Opera presents Verdi's Falstaff, a brilliantly original and insightful comedy written when the composer was nearly 80 years old. The production, by Houston Grand Opera, stars Bryn Terfel as Falstaff.
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