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Lorin Maazel conducting Mozart's Symphony No. 40 — with no score — live at Carnegie Hall on March 3, 2012.

March 1, 2012 Lorin Maazel leads Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Wagner's 'Ring' whittled down to 70 minutes.

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October 25, 2008 Wagner's turbulent opera focuses on one of his favorite themes: the redemptive power of love.

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February 26, 2008 In an act of symphonic diplomacy, the orchestra pays a visit to the North Korean capital.

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January 18, 2008 Wagner's 'Rienzi' is one of the most spectacular of all operas — and also one of the longest!

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October 12, 2007 Placido Domingo stars as Siegmund in Die Walkuere, from the Washington National Opera.

Studio Sessions

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January 16, 2008 Teen musicians in Atlanta prove their talent both as soloists and orchestral players.

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Interviews & Profiles

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

February 16, 2013 The man called the greatest living Wagnerian tenor says he's bound by duty to honor the composer.

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Renata Scotto

February 24, 2011 The great soprano chooses favorite recordings for a session of listening and conversation.

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A caricature of composer Richard Wagner.

November 17, 2009 Powerful orchestral sounds, as well as silence, elicit an emotional response from the listener.

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November 21, 2008 A new poll in Gramophone magazine ranks it among the top 20 orchestras in the world.

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October 23, 2008 Politicians aren't the only ones to use their influence to alter public opinion about their rivals.

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Richard Wagner was a larger than life figure, and his innovations as a composer changed Western music forever.

May 29, 2008 The controversial composer's innovative music inspired composers, authors, directors, and dictators.

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March 24, 2006 Director Francesca Zambello discusses her bold new interpretation of Wagner's Ring cycle.

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April 29, 2004 The soprano's new CD includes music she was to have sung at Covent Garden before she was fired.

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Measha Brueggergosman

July 18, 2010 Hear this diverse collection of Wagner's operatic orchestral music in its entirety until July 27.

A caricature of composer Richard Wagner.

November 17, 2009 Powerful orchestral sounds, as well as silence, elicit an emotional response from the listener.

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News

Turkish-born pianist Fazil Say, who has been indicted for "insulting religious values."

June 1, 2012 An indictment in Istanbul, Wagner in Israel and a possible Putin protest in St. Petersburg.

Rheinmaidens dangle from the $16 million set in the Met's production of Wagner's Ring cycle.

May 7, 2012 A new documentary follows the Metropolitan Opera's controversial staging of Wagner's Ring cycle.

Conductor Roberto Paternostro leads a rehearsal with the Israel Chamber Orchestra on July 25, 2011 at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany.

July 29, 2011 From Israelis playing Wagner in Germany to a pirate-fighting tenor.

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Roberto Paternostro, the music director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

July 26, 2011 A precedence-shattering concert: an Israeli orchestra playing Wagner at Germany's Bayreuth Festival.

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A bust of Richard Wagner (scupted by Arno Breker) stands in Bayreuth Festival Park on the grounds of the Bayreuth Festival.

July 25, 2011 The notoriously tough-to-get-into festival of Wagner's operas begins today in Bayreuth, Germany.

Around the Classical Internet.

April 29, 2011 Classical music news from points all over, from Philadelphia to Johannesburg to London.

April 23, 2011 From bankrupt orchestras to the Pulitzer Prize, it all happened this week in classical music.

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

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

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March 28, 2008 The native New Yorker takes on the lead role in mid-performance at the Metropolitan Opera.

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February 26, 2008 In an act of symphonic diplomacy, the orchestra pays a visit to the North Korean capital.

February 25, 2008 The group is slated to perform Wagner, Dvorak and Gershwin for the historic occasion.

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April 12, 2007 Video artist Bill Viola and director Peter Sellars remake Wagner's vast Tristan and Isolde.

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January 11, 2006 Nilsson is often described as the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the post-World War II era.

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Reviews

It was a big year for extravagant classical box sets.

December 6, 2013 Amid a banner year for classical music box sets, advice on what to splurge on.

More Stories

Rudolph Cronau's drawing of Wagner's opera house, Bayreuth, flanked by his birthplace (left) and place of death.

April 13, 2013 For the bicentennial of the controversial composer's birth, conductor Marin Alsop rethinks Wagner.

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Baritone Alan Held

October 7, 2011 Wagner's lonely wanderer anticipates a generation of Westerns — in a vivid and compelling story.

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Tannhauser

February 25, 2011 A man learns that there's more to life than sensual pleasure in this extended version of the opera.

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Baritone Alan Held

January 21, 2011 Alan Held makes an impression as the mysterious title character in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.

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Baritone Alan Held

November 27, 2009 Wagner's turbulent opera focuses on one of his favorite themes: the redemptive power of love.

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March 13, 2009 The Prologue to Wagner's Ring is a 160-minute spectacle that seems to fly by in a flash.

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Gods, monsters and Rhinemaidens populate Richard Wagner's 16-hour epic Ring cycle.

April 1, 2014 Get Richard or die trying: An opera company is performing Wagner continuously to raise $8 million.

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 and Walt Disney was reanimated by Philip Glass.

The Valkyries, led by Brunnhilde (soprano Debra Voigt, lower left), are the warrior maidens of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle.

May 21, 2013 For the bicentennial of the composer's birth, author William Berger picks his favorite Wagner.

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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

April 12, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

May 18, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

In a production of Verdi's opera Rigoletto at the Sydney Opera House, the title character (baritone Jonathan Summers) reels at the discovery of his dead daughter.

April 11, 2012 Hear why these three composers are still superstars in opera houses worldwide.

Ask your doctor about prescription Bolero.

January 20, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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.

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.

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.

If Wagner owned a laundromat.

November 18, 2011 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

 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.

Conductor James Levine, early in his career.

June 2, 2011 Celebrate the famed (and beleaguered) conductor's 40 years at the Met with this interactive puzzler.

This lad looks less than enthused about classical music. (Actually, it's a very young Nigel Kennedy, captured by a cameraman in 1964.)

May 16, 2011 How do you get kids enthralled about the music you adore? (Should you even try?)

Soprano Zdenka Fassbender as Brunnhilde, a warrior maiden in a production of Wagner's 'Die Walkure'.   (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

April 21, 2011 The Met has a fancy new production of Die Walküre. Can you puzzle out these historic Wagnerians?

A partridge poses in a pear tree.

December 20, 2010 Enjoy 50% less stress with our Six Days Of Christmas classical quiz.

The cast of Glee

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

Siegfried off the street

October 1, 2010 Every Friday, it's a Classical Cartoon at Noon, at Deceptive Cadence.

If Wagner had a blog

September 17, 2010 Every Friday, it's a Classical Cartoon at Noon, at Deceptive Cadence.

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May 29, 2008 William Berger, author of Wagner Without Fear, chooses his favorite Wagner recordings.

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Obsessions (Wagner & Strauss: Arias and Scenes)

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Reiner Conducts Wagner

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Richard Wagner: Orchestral Works

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Die Walkuere

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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