Don Giovanni (Gerald Finley, left) is pulled down to hell by the ghost of the Commendatore (Alastair Mills) in a Glyndebourne production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Robbie Jack /Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

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Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole Smith in Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the final production from the New York City Opera, which closed its doors for good this fall. Stephanie Berger hide caption

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Consumed By Violence, With Hope For Peace: Britten's 'War Requiem'

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A singer takes the stage during the first performance of "Grimes on the Beach," an outdoor production of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, on June 17, 2013 in Aldeburgh, England. Bethany Clarke/Getty Images hide caption

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Making Music To Be Useful, And For The Living

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Britten: War Requiem

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Hear an Audio Introduction to 'Death in Venice'

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The Jupiter String Quartet in Studio at WGBH

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Master Cellist, Conductor Rostropovich Dies at 80

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The Festivus Quartet: Everybody's In Charge

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