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Mimi and Rodolfo

October 1, 2010 Hear selections from Vienna's opening night performance of Puccini's popular romantic tragedy.

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Tosca and Cavaradossi

August 20, 2010 The opera's realistic approach to the passage of dramatic time includes scenes of emotional agony.

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October 10, 2008 Electric passion becomes lasting love, and ends with desperate tragedy, in Puccini's "La Boheme."

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October 3, 2008 Placido Domingo conducts Puccini's Madame Butterfly from the Washington National Opera.

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August 17, 2007 Italian verismo meets America's frontier, in Puccini's sizzler The Girl of the Golden West.

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July 20, 2007 Puccini's Turandot is home to the familiar, soaring tenor aria, 'Nessun dorma!'

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June 15, 2007 Maria Guleghina stars in the title role of Tosca, Puccini's "shabby little shocker."

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April 27, 2007 In Puccini's opera, Manon Lescaut is a young woman torn between true love and the lap of luxury.

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Interviews & Profiles

Boheme (300)

April 21, 2009 Critic Ted Libby explains why La Boheme is perhaps the best-loved opera of all time.

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August 16, 2008 Author William Berger sizes up two new recordings of Puccini's best-known opera.

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April 29, 2008 A Chinese composer has put a new spin on Turandot, the famous opera set in mythical China.

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June 15, 2007 A car phone salesman is winning hearts in Britain.

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October 22, 2006 The film director brings a new vividness to Puccini's famous opera.

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Discover Songs

A scene from Puccini's "Tosca"

September 16, 2010 Where will True Blood fans get their fix now that season three has ended? In a word: Opera.

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September 4, 2007 Soprano JiYoung Lee performs "Un bel di," from Puccini's Madame Butterfly.

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News

Soprano Licia Albanese sang the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly 72 times at the Metropolitan Opera.

July 22, 2013 The beloved Met Opera star is revered for her Puccini heroines, especially Madama Butterfly.

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March 3, 2008 The famed tenor possessed a robust voice imbued with the warmth of Italian sunshine.

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September 16, 2007 With her vivid operatic interpretations, the great diva turned the operatic world on its head.

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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

soprano Leontyne Price as Puccini's Tosca

February 3, 2011 Hearing a few favorite historic singers in Metropolitan opera broadcasts just got a little easier.

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More Stories

September 6, 2007 Luciano Pavarotti sings an aria from Tosca in a 1982 performance in London.

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Vittorio Grigolo and Adrana Damato in 'La Boheme.'

September 30, 2011 Puccini's genius: making an indelible opera out of ordinary people's stories.

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June 5, 2009 Samuel Ramey does double duty in Bluebeard's Castle and Gianni Schicchi.

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Joseph Calleja performed a Tiny Desk Concert November 26.

March 24, 2014 All the world's top opera houses want the young tenor with the old-school approach.

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Opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, circa 1900.

January 17, 2014 One diva brought another to the screen in this week's episode of the celebrated drama.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

February 8, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Don't ask, don't sing.

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.

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.

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April 8, 2011 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, on Deceptive Cadence.

Cartoon Fanciulla

December 10, 2010 Fridays are more fun with a classical cartoon at noon.

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October 17, 2008 The German violin diva reveals what she likes to listen to when she's not practicing.

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1944: His First Recordings

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