Thomas Hampson (left) stars as Rick Rescorla in the opera Heart of A Soldier, by Christopher Theofanidis, which receives its world premiere Sept. 10 at the San Francisco Opera. Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera hide caption

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Michael Gordon's young son provided the title to his father's composition, The Sad Park. iStock hide caption

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Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 when she starred in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Sony Classical Archives hide caption

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Marian Anderson's Long Overdue Operatic Moment

Hear the famed contralto sing Verdi in a newly issued 1955 radio broadcast, live from the Metropolitan Opera.

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Norway's natural wonders, depicted in this album photo, were inspiration for the 19th-century violinist and composer Ole Bull. Jim Bengston/ECM Records hide caption

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A Mellow Ode To Ole Bull

The famed Norwegian composer-violinist has inspired a meditative tribute by two of his countrymen.

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