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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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Leontyne Price, at the peak of her career, is captured in a live Met broadcast of Puccini's Tosca, from 1962. Courtesy of Sony Classical hide caption

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Tosca: Act 3 duet 'O dolci mani' (Leontyne Price, Tosca; Franco Corelli, Cavaradossi)

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Washington National Opera on World of Opera -- 'Bluebeard's Castle'

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An Introduction to 'Madame Butterfly,' with Placido Domingo

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