Joseph Calleja performed a Tiny Desk Concert November 26. Abbey Oldham/Abbey Oldham/NPR hide caption

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Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert

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Opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, circa 1900. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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

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Vittorio Grigolo and Adrana Damato in 'La Boheme.' Karin Cooper/courtesy of Washington National Opera hide caption

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Hear An Audio Introduction To The Opera

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