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Katia Pellegrino as Norma

October 8, 2010 Perhaps the ultimate bel canto classic, Bellini's masterpiece features a challenging soprano role.

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I Puritani

September 17, 2010 The characters are devout Puritans, but Bellini packs plenty of worldly action into this love story.

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Sonnambula

July 2, 2010 A young woman's habit of sleepwalking leads to troublesome, but surmountable, consequences.

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Ermonela Jaho and Varduhi Abrahamyan in 'Zaira'

March 5, 2010 The compelling story had all the elements for success but fell flat partly due to operatic politics.

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May 16, 2008 The title role in Bellini's masterpiece Norma is one of the most challenging in any opera.

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Interviews & Profiles

Maria Callas as Turandot

February 15, 2010 The late, great opera diva continues to thrill and divide audiences with her distinctive sound.

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Discover Songs

Soprano Anna Netrebko (left) with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca

December 18, 2009 Hear today's top classical musicians revisit the music they know and love best.

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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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Mozart's Queen of the Night (portrayed here by soprano Diana Damrau), in his The Magic Flute, is one of opera's more intense mothers.

May 9, 2013 Why are so many operatic moms depicted as murderous women on the verge of a nervous breakdown?

Maria Callas, a masterful bel canto singer, performs in the title role of Bellini's Norma in Paris, May 23, 1964.

March 28, 2012 The "beautiful singing" of the early 1800s marks an appealing milestone in the story of opera.

Eri Nakamura as Juliet and Tara Erraught as Romeo in the Bavarian State Opera production of Bellini's 'I Capuleti e i Montecchi.'

July 29, 2011 There are many failed operas based on Romeo and Juliet — here's one of the successes.

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Saverio Mercadante's rarely performed opera Virginia from Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland.

May 27, 2011 Once a great hit in Italy, this opera of ancient Roman intrigues has unfairly long languished.

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Bellini: Norma

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  • Album: Bellini: Norma
  • Artist: Tullio Serafin
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  • Released: 2003
 

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

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  • Album: Puccini: Madama Butterfly
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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

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  • Album: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
  • Artist: Claudio Abbado
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  • Released: 2006
 

Richard Strauss: Elektra

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  • Artist: Georg Solti
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Gaetano Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia

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  • Artist: Various
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  • Released: 1989
 

Diva:Montserrat Caballe

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  • Artist: Montserrat Caballé
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  • Released: 1995
 

Callas Live

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  • Album: Callas Live
  • Artist: Maria Callas
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  • Released: 2005
 

Leyla Gencer, Vol. 2

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  • Artist: Leyla Gencer
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Complete Decca Recitals

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  • Artist: Marilyn Horne
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  • Released: 2008
 

Bellini: I Puritani

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  • Album: Bellini: I Puritani
  • Artist: Maria Callas
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Simply Callas [Box Set]

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  • Album: Simply Callas [Box Set]
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: Fonit Cetra Archives
  • Released: 2007
 

Bizet: Carmen

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  • Album: Bizet: Carmen
  • Artist: Various
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  • Released: 1964
 

Bellini: Norma (Highlights)

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  • Album: Bellini: Norma (Highlights)
  • Artist: Maria Callas
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  • Released: 1998
 

Ponselle

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  • Artist: Rosa Ponselle
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  • Released: 1989
 

Complete Studio Recordings

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  • Artist: Maria Callas
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  • Released: 2007
 

Life and Art (w/DVD)

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  • Album: Life and Art (w/DVD)
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Released: 2004
 

Puccini: Tosca

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  • Artist: Maria Callas
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Lyric and Coloratura Arias

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  • Artist: Maria Callas
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Bellini: Norma

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Bel Canto

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  • Artist: Renée Fleming
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