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John Bonham of Led Zeppelin at the Los Angeles-area Inglewood Forum in 1973.
August 8, 2014 In classical music, percussionists go wild with drums of all shapes and sizes. Can you guess which pieces spotlight the timpani, snare and bass drums?
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.'
Musacchio & Ianniello/BBC Proms
August 12, 2011 It's not just "Hi-ho, Silver!" — there are four whole acts, not to mention that apple and bow.
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The triumph of Italy: Rossini's 'L'Italiana In Algeri' at the Opéra de Lausanne
Marc Vanappelghem/Opéra de Lausanne
July 8, 2011 The plot is wacky and not at all politically correct, but Rossini's cross-cultural opera shattered another stereotype: that of 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 some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the 'Othello' story in its first operatic version — written some 70 years before Verdi's far more famous work.
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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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Mahomet II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, is a key figure in two of Rossini's operas.
April 15, 2011 Rossini was a genius composer, but he was also practical. After moving to France he needed a quick hit, so he remade one of his earlier operas, Maometto II, a story of conflicting passions and divided loyalties.
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