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French composer Jules Massenet died 100 years ago, leaving the opera world with a wealth of elegantly composed dramas.
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August 14, 2012 A new 23-CD set explores the suave elegance of one of the most successful opera composers.
'Herodiade' at Vlaamse Opera, Belgium.
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May 13, 2011 Strauss wasn't the only composer to take on the story of Salome--and Massenet's version was denounced as "incendiary" by the director of the Paris Opera.
Sophie Koch and Jonas Kaufmann as the star-crossed lovers in Werther.
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April 29, 2011 Forget Metallica and Megadeth: the lovelorn hero of Jules Massenet's opera 'Werther' romanticizes suicide far more than heavy metal headbangers ever have.
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Some dismiss the music of Jules Massenet as "fluff" — but not Nicholas Cords.
March 17, 2011 For the Brooklyn Rider musician, it wasn't easy being a closeted violist in high school. Now, he's a closeted indie rock fan.
Don Quixote (Jose Van Dam) describes himself as a knight-errant who wanders the world righting wrongs, comforting mourners and aiding the oppressed.
November 12, 2010 Massenet's Don Quichotte is one of several operas based on Miguel Cervantes' 17th-century novel, in which the self-proclaimed knight-errant travels the world righting wrongs.
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February 26, 2010 On this edition of World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Jules Massenet's Manon in a production from the Vienna State Opera. It features a brilliant performance by soprano Diana Damrau as Manon, with tenor Ramon Vargas as Des Grieux.
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September 19, 2008 Massenet's Werther is thrilling, tuneful and one of the saddest operas ever composed, ending with a suicide on Christmas Eve. Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti stars in the title role, in performance from Genoa's Teatro Carlo Felice.
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August 8, 2008 French composers Jules Massenet and Francis Poulenc provide a potent reminder that love isn't always what it's cracked up to be in their one-act operas Portrait of Manon and La Voix Humaine, produced by Glimmerglass Opera.
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March 3, 2008 Di Stefano was known for his thrilling Italianate voice and his successful collaborations with soprano Maria Callas. The retired tenor had been brutally attacked in 2004, and never recovered.
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September 16, 2007 Opera superstar Maria Callas died 30 years ago Sunday, at age 53. But you'd hardly know she was gone, judging from the steady stream of releases from her record company. It's a testament to the continuing appeal of a great artist.
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