September 28, 2007 Singer-song writer Joni Mitchell removed herself from the musical spotlight for nearly a decade. Then, in a burst of activity over the past months, she has collaborated on a ballet, launched an art exhibit and released a new album.
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September 26, 2007 Conductor Marin Alsop recently made history by being named the first woman to head a major American orchestra. She plans to lead the Baltimore Symphony in a mix of cutting-edge contemporary pieces and core classics.
September 25, 2007 Soprano Dawn Upshaw is an equal-opportunity vocalist. From Bach to Broadway to today's composers, her creative approach to vocal music and her solid technique have earned her a 2007 MacArthur "genius" grant.
September 22, 2007 She smokes and drinks and brings men to their knees just by crooning a breathy Habanera. She's Carmen, the supreme diva of operatic femmes fatales, the controversial heroine of Bizet's popular opera.
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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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September 12, 2007 Seventy-nine-year-old Leon Fleisher was named a Kennedy Center Honoree today. Fleisher was one of the finest pianists of his generation. But then tragedy hit. He suffered a hand injury that changed his career and his life. After years of playing with just one hand, Fleisher is back with both.
September 7, 2007 Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes takes a fresh approach to an old classic. He taps into the spirit of the Norwegian countryside in a concert performance of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto, with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading the L.A. Philharmonic.
September 6, 2007 With his free-ringing high notes and his immense fame, the singer brought opera into the lives of millions of people worldwide. He embodied the idea of the "Italian tenor" with passion, charisma and a firm, fresh voice.
July 6, 2007 Soprano Regine Crespin excelled in her native French repertoire, but was also famous for singing Wagner and Verdi. Crespin made her debut in a small regional opera house in 1948, and moved on to the great stages of the world.
July 3, 2007 Beverly Sills, world-renowned opera singer, died from lung cancer at the age of 78. With a silvery voice that soared high, and an irrepressible personality, Sills became an opera superstar.
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July 2, 2007 Beverly Sills, the soprano known for her silvery voice and her irrepressible personality, has died of cancer at age 78. She was remembered for creating a uniquely American heroine — and for her second career as a successful and media-savvy arts administrator and advocate.
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June 12, 2007 Strauss' gorgeous music in "At Sunset" is lit with the golden rays of a fall afternoon slipping away into twilight. An opening burst of orchestral color soars, but gets muted in a haze of French horns. The strings, floating high and sweet, weave a long-lined melody.
June 2, 2007 English composer Edward Elgar was born 150 years ago. His music, it was said, put the 'Great' back into Britain. Although the popularity of his symphonies, concertos and choral works has swayed throughout the years, he remains an iconic figure for many Brits.
January 30, 2007 With contemporary singers paying less attention to Brahms, it's a pleasure to turn the clock back to the 1960s to hear mezzo-soprano Janet Baker sing an album of his songs. Baker has a voice of deep purple velvet, as well as intelligence and a sense of detail that can make each song seem like a miniature opera.
December 21, 2006 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's "My love, if I die and you don't--" offers a clear-eyed tribute to everlasting love. But it's hard not to be moved listening to the late singer's gorgeous, smoky voice, as well as her unsentimental approach to music that already aches with yearning and loss.
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