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Tenor Carlo Bergonzi as Radames in Verdi's Aida in 1956, the year of his Metropolitan Opera debut.
Metropolitan Opera Archives
July 11, 2014 A birthday salute to a famed Italian tenor who knew how to guard his vocal resources. Not as loud or imposing as his rivals, Bergonzi sang with elegance and intensity for decades.
Mozart's Queen of the Night (portrayed here by soprano Diana Damrau), in his The Magic Flute, is one of opera's more intense mothers.
May 9, 2013 Try rummaging through opera to find a tender scene between a mother and child and you'll come up stymied. Why are so many operatic moms depicted as murderous women on the verge of a nervous breakdown?
Maria Callas, a masterful bel canto singer, performs in the title role of Bellini's Norma in Paris, May 23, 1964.
March 28, 2012 The "beautiful singing" of the early 1800s marks an appealing milestone in the story of opera.
From stratospheric coloraturas to jet-powered Wagnerians, learn to love our highest-flying singers.
November 9, 2011 From stratospheric coloraturas to jet-powered Wagnerians, learn to love our highest-flying singers.
Elena Mosuc as the title character in 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at the Teatro Regio in Turin.
Alberto Ramella/SYNC/Teatro Regio di Torino
September 9, 2011 An opera that's wound its way into a host of other works, from Anna Karenina to Martin Scorsese's The Departed.
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June 2, 2011 Conductor James Levine has had his ups and downs lately. Celebrate the famed (and beleaguered) conductor's 40 years at the Met with this interactive puzzler.
Saverio Mercadante's rarely performed opera Virginia from Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland.
Clive Barda/Courtesy of Wexford Festival Opera
May 27, 2011 Once a huge hit in Italy, this opera by the nearly forgotten Saverio Mercadante has long languished. But it's full of great music — and ancient Roman intrigues.
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Soprano Anna Netrebko stars in the Vienna State Opera production of Donizetti's Anna Bolena.
Michael Pohn/Vienna State Opera
April 22, 2011 Thanks to Donizetti, the historical figure Anne Boleyn has been sung by some of the world's greatest divas — from Maria Callas to Montserrat Caballé. With this new Vienna production, Anna Netrebko joins the list.
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Queen Elizabeth (soprano Carmela Remigio) tries to use her power to gain love — with disastrous consequences.
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
March 4, 2011 Donizetti's semi-historical drama brings life to rumors that were already spreading back in the 1500s: that the so-called "Virgin Queen" actually had a secret and passionate love life.
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December 31, 2010 Donizetti's unassuming comedy serves up magic elixirs and romance -- and a couple of solid insights. It demonstrates that, when it comes to love, the genuine article beats any potion-induced passion.
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