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.
Leontyne Price, at the peak of her career, is captured in a live Met broadcast of Puccini's Tosca, from 1962.
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February 3, 2011 If you have a thing for old time Metropolitan opera broadcasts, hearing a few favorite historic singers, like Lily Pons, Giuseppe Di Stefano and Franco Corelli, recorded live on the Met stage just got a little easier.
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December 10, 2010 Fridays are more fun with a classical cartoon at noon.
When Mimi (Krassimira Stoyanova) comes upstairs to borrow a candle from Rodolfo (Stephen Costello), they are immediately attracted to each other.
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October 1, 2010 Puccini's talent lay in creating realistic characters who deal with universal problems such as love, envy, and loss. Hear selections from the Vienna State Opera's opening night performance of his popular romantic tragedy.
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A scene from Puccini's "Tosca"
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September 16, 2010 Where will True Blood fans get their fix now that season three has ended? In a word: Opera. Learn about, and hear, operas that make the adventures of Sookie, Bill, and the rest, seem like a soothing Sunday in the park.
Tosca (Catherine Naglestad) with her politically subversive lover, the painter Caravadossi (Roberto Alagna).
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August 20, 2010 Execution, extortion, and exploitation. No, it's not an episode of Showtime's Dexter. It's Puccini's operatic thriller Tosca, which takes a surprisingly realistic approach to the passage of dramatic time with scenes of physical and psychological torture.
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June 5, 2009 Renowned bass Samuel Ramey stars as a serial murderer in Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle, and as the devious title character in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, a comedy with a corpse at the center of the action. It's a deadly double bill from the Washington National Opera.
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