Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 when she starred in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera.
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August 30, 2011 Hear the famed contralto sing Verdi in a newly issued 1955 radio broadcast, live from the Metropolitan Opera.
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This Decca recording is one of the few major label albums to be nominated for a Gramophone award this year.
August 17, 2011 The classical music magazine's award nominees are flush with independent labels.
Few operatic tipplers enjoy hoisting a tankard of wine more than the title character in Verdi's Falstaff.
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August 15, 2011 Test your taste for drinks and love for opera in this interactive puzzler.
August 12, 2011 Watch the miraculous hands (and feet) of the Grammy-winning organist in an all-Bach performance.
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Norway's natural wonders, depicted in this album photo, were inspiration for the 19th-century violinist and composer Ole Bull.
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August 9, 2011 The famed Norwegian composer-violinist has inspired a meditative tribute by two of his countrymen.
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In my dreams, I can swing like Stuff Smith, with the tone of Itzhak Perlman.
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August 8, 2011 Love music but can't play an instrument? Dreaming that you can jam like a pro has its advantages.
Photographer Clemens Kalischer celebrates 60 years of music at Marlboro.
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August 4, 2011 See a slide show of Marlboro musicians in action over the past six decades.
July 27, 2011 Your credit rating may rise or fall, depending on your answers to this opera-meets-economy puzzler.
A bust of Richard Wagner (scupted by Arno Breker) stands in Bayreuth Festival Park on the grounds of the Bayreuth Festival.
July 25, 2011 The notoriously tough-to-get-into festival of Wagner's opera begins today in Bayreuth, Germany. Watch satirist Anna Russell's take on the composer's Ring cycle.
This beautiful wooden box houses the new Michael Gordon piece, Timber, scored for six percussionists and six two-by-fours.
July 23, 2011 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.
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The image for Steve Reich's new album, released Sept. 6, has already sparked controversy.
July 21, 2011 As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 draws near, one album cover courts controversy.
Channeling Bach: Heinz Holliger revisits some soul-searching music.
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July 19, 2011 Hear the veteran oboist make his instrument sing in blissful music by J.S. Bach.
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Musical gumbo: The Savannah Music Festival mixes a broad variety of musicians and genres each year.
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July 13, 2011 Hear some of the top classical artists in concert at the 2011 Savannah Music Festival.
The Ebène Quartet plays everything from surf rock and jazz standards to Debussy and Ravel.
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July 13, 2011 Hear the versatile group play Ravel, Debussy and Fauré at the Savannah Music Festival.
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Nikolai Lugansky carries on the tradition of the grand Russian pianist.
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July 13, 2011 Hear an outstanding Russian pianist play Chopin and rarely heard Rachmaninov in recital.
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