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Don't be caught fishing for facts about Verdi on the bicentennial of his birth.
October 9, 2013 Don't know your Traviata from your Trovatore or your Otello from your Aida? Try out this handy cheat sheet — with music — to explore the greatest of Italian composers on the centennial of his birth. Hear his music and learn the unlikely story of his rise from a small town to international renown.
December 27, 2009 From Osvaldo Golijov's cross-cultural musical fiesta to the chestnut-colored voice of Rolando Villazon, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and All Things Considered host Guy Raz spin a few of the most notable classical recordings of the past ten years.
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October 30, 2009 Massenet's Werther is thrilling, tuneful and one of the saddest operas ever composed, ending with a suicide on Christmas Eve. Tenor Rolando Villazon stars in the title role, in a production from the Paris National Opera.
April 4, 2009 NPR's Tom Huizenga takes Scott Simon on a guided tour of a fascinating new set of opera CDs, documenting singers and their recordings from 1898 to 2007. Along the way, hear opera great Enrico Caruso in his first recording session and the penatrating sound of dramatic soprano Eva Turner.
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August 15, 2008 William Berger, author of Puccini Without Excuses, sizes up two new and very different recordings of the composer's best-known opera. Berger says the beauty of Bohème lies in the little details of the characters' lives.
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April 27, 2008 Rolando Villazon's new CD Cielo e Mar celebrates the tenor's return to opera. He took a five-month hiatus after his voice began to falter.
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December 21, 2007 Minnesota's Twin Cities area is a hotbed of excellent classical music. It's also home to American Public Media, where classical music thrives. APM's Brian Newhouse thinks these 10 new classical recordings rise to the top of the year's offerings.
March 21, 2004 Several talented young tenors are leaping at the chance to fill Luciano Pavarotti's rather large shoes. Among them are Italy's Salvatore Licitra, Juan Diego Florez of Peru, Mexican Ramón Vargas and his countryman, Rolando Villazón. NPR's Liane Hansen speaks with Villazón, in his early 30's, about his music and recordings of such great works as Verdi's La Traviata.
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