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Concerts

Sigismondo

October 29, 2010 Modern audiences embrace this rarely-performed opera, even though Rossini reuses earlier tunes.

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Dudamel sq

October 7, 2010 Hear the young conductor lead the orchestra, and tenor Juan Diego Florez, in music by Rossini.

John Osborn and Olga Peretyatko star in Rossini's "Otello."

May 7, 2010 Rossini reached new depths of emotion in his music with a tragic retelling of Shakespeare's classic.

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Kishani Jaysinghe and Paula Murrihy in "An Insufficient Education."

April 30, 2010 A pair of contrasting comedies on love and marriage takes the stage at Ireland's Wexford Festival.

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Kate Aldrich as Zelmira

April 9, 2010 This dark, dramatic opera proves that Rossini's genius extended beyond his better known comedies.

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August 15, 2008 Glimmerglass Opera presents The Barber of Seville, perhaps the perfect operatic comedy.

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April 4, 2008 William Tell, the opera, is more than just home to the Lone Ranger's galloping theme music.

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November 16, 2007 Cinderella survives a dangerously dysfunctional family in Rossini's La Cenerentola.

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Interviews & Profiles

Cover of IN C remixed

November 22, 2009 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin a wide assortment of new classical CDs.

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August 18, 2004 A classic 1988 appearance on NPR's Performance Today by the late Julia Child.

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Cinderella (Kate Aldrich) and Prince Ramiro (Lawrence Brownlee)

December 24, 2010 Rossini's take on Cinderella is one of his funniest operas, but it has its share of serious moments.

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Cover of IN C remixed

November 22, 2009 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin a wide assortment of new classical CDs.

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August 3, 2007 The 'Figaro Aria' from The Barber of Seville is actually called, 'Largo al factotum.'

News

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

October 4, 2010 The venerable British classical music magazine has announced winners in 24 categories.

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September 16, 2007 With her vivid operatic interpretations, the great diva turned the operatic world on its head.

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January 23, 2005 Miami's New World Symphony offers a unique educational environment for talented young musicians.

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Reviews

The two DiDonatos

January 16, 2011 Hear the amazing mezzo-soprano's new gender-bending opera album in its entirety before its release.

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September 15, 2006 Carol Jantsch, 21, is the first woman to be a principal tuba player in a top U.S. orchestra.

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Joyce DiDonato

October 13, 2010 The opera star recalls a third grade letter to her parents, turning potential tragedy into triumph.

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.

Seismic singing from the bottommost voices: Know your basso buffo from your basso profondo.

January 18, 2012 With opera's subterranean serenaders, it's important to know a basso buffo from a basso profondo.

Tenors may be characterized as head-strong and unpredictable, but they can produce pretty sounds.

November 30, 2011 If you're talking about the kings of the high Cs, make sure you know your facts from fabrications.

Don't mix up your mezzos and contraltos.

November 16, 2011 Learn to love our low-voiced lady opera singers who get to play everything from royalty to rivals.

Conductor Antonio Pappano, who leads this 'William Tell.'

August 12, 2011 It's not just "Hi-ho, Silver!" — there are four whole acts, an apple and a bow.

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The triumph of Italy: Rossini's 'L'Italiana In Algeri' at the Opéra de Lausanne

July 8, 2011 How Rossini's cross-cultural opera shattered another stereotype: the damsel in distress.

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Rossini's operatic version of Shakespeare's Othello came long before Verdi's, and is now rarely performed.

June 10, 2011 Giving R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the 'Othello' story in its first operatic version.

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Saverio Mercadante's rarely performed opera Virginia from Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland.

May 27, 2011 Once a great hit in Italy, this opera of ancient Roman intrigues has unfairly long languished.

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Mahomet II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, is a key figure in two of Rossini's operas.

April 15, 2011 Rossini remakes his own opera Maometto II, a story of conflicting passions and divided loyalties.

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Rossini

November 25, 2010 Though Rossini mainly composed comic operas, he didn't fool around when it came to food.

The cast of Glee

October 5, 2010 What would happen if the popular TV show about singing took a plunge into opera?

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July 3, 2009 A scatterbrained story meets brilliant and compelling music, in Rossini's comedy from La Scala.

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May 15, 2009 Rossini's deceptively brilliant comedy has a sharp yet subtle edge of sadness and regret.

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January 23, 2009 Wackiness was never more beautiful than it is in Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers.

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December 26, 2008 Cinderella survives a dangerously dysfunctional family in Rossini's La Cenerentola.

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November 25, 2004 Gioacchino Rossini, the great opera composer, was also a great gourmand.

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