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Jonas Kaufmann's Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album comes out September 11.
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September 2, 2015 With a muscular, mahogany-colored voice, one of the today's finest tenors sings his way through the hits and lesser-known operas by Puccini.
Joseph Calleja performed a Tiny Desk Concert November 26.
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March 24, 2014 He's a young tenor with an old-school style and all the world's top opera houses want him. Calleja's expressive shading and dynamic control hearken back to an earlier era — and he's funny.
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Opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, circa 1900.
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January 17, 2014 One diva brought another to the screen in this week's episode of the celebrated drama. New Zealand native Dame Kiri Te Kanawa appeared as her predecessor Dame Nellie Melba, an Australian singer in high demand in the years before and After World War I. Hear the real Melba in a signature role.
Soprano Licia Albanese sang the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly 72 times at the Metropolitan Opera.
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July 22, 2013 The beloved star of the Metropolitan Opera is revered for her portrayals of Puccini heroines, especially Madama Butterfly. Her service to opera includes creating the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, which supports emerging singers.
February 8, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
March 9, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Know your rallentando from your accelerando? Opera singers must follow the composer's musical road signs.
February 1, 2012 Opera singers must obey the musical traffic signals, knowing an accelerando from a rallentando.
Vittorio Grigolo and Adrana Damato in 'La Boheme.'
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September 30, 2011 Puccini's genius: making an indelible opera out of ordinary people's stories. Vittorio Grigolo stars in this performance.
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June 2, 2011 Conductor James Levine has had his ups and downs lately. Celebrate the famed (and beleaguered) conductor's 40 years at the Met with this interactive puzzler.
April 8, 2011 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, on Deceptive Cadence.
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