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Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld and his wife Malwina were Wagner's original Tristan and Isolde in 1865.
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June 10, 2015 Wagner's epic meditation on love turns 150. Projected on a cosmic level, the music triggered a seismic shift in Western music.
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Gods, monsters and Rhinemaidens populate Richard Wagner's 16-hour epic Ring cycle.
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April 1, 2014 Get Richard or die trying: For one opera company, it's go big or go home. In Texas, Rio Grande Opera is performing Wagner's epic Ring operas back to back and over and over until $8 million is raised.
Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole Smith in Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the final production from the New York City Opera, which closed its doors for good this fall.
December 31, 2013 A beloved conductor made a triumphant return, an opera singer took a stand and Walt Disney was reanimated by Philip Glass. It was quite a year in classical music, which also brought the closing of a prominent opera company and the continued silence of a major orchestra.
It was a big year for extravagant classical box sets.
December 6, 2013 It's been a banner year for classical box sets. Deceptive Cadence hosts Anastasia Tsioulcas and Tom Huizenga tell us why and choose a few of their favorites.
The Valkyries, led by Brunnhilde (soprano Debra Voigt, lower left), are the warrior maidens of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle.
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May 21, 2013 For the 200 anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth, William Berger, author of Wagner Without Fear, guides us through five of his favorite Wagner moments — musical episodes that keep the composer's extraordinary dramas in our lives today.
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Rudolph Cronau's drawing of Wagner's opera house, Bayreuth, flanked by his birthplace (left) and place of death.
April 13, 2013 Marking the 200th anniversary of the controversial composer's birth, conductor Marin Alsop and friends rethink Wagner in a series of multimedia concerts.
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April 12, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
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February 16, 2013 Described as the greatest living Wagnerian tenor, Kaufmann is using the Richard Wagner's bicentennial to reacquaint listeners with the controversial composer's work.
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Turkish-born pianist Fazil Say, who has been indicted for "insulting religious values."
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June 1, 2012 An indictment in Istanbul, Wagner in Israel and a possible Putin protest in St. Petersburg: all the news that's fit to link.
May 18, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
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