In this rarely revived opera, Rossini reuses many of his own tunes, but modern audiences have embraced it. This production, from Rossini's hometown, places the main character in a mental ward, where he is tormented with visions of the wife he sentenced to death.
The band brought its hazy, dreamily rocking best to this late-summer show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Featuring songs from the group's debut album, I Heart California, the set plays out as a journey through the sun-bleached freeways of the Golden State.
From the playful energy of the inner child to the lyrical complexities that define adulthood, the trio's latest release is a great blend of song, style and meaning. Hear the subtle jazz and orchestral touches live in concert at noon ET.
She's made her career in blues and soul, but on her latest album, the singer-songwriter returns to her gospel roots. Her Mountain Stage set includes a cover of Sweet Honey in the Rock's spirited single "I Remember, I Believe."
There's nothing particularly funny about most 16th-century choral music, but the young members of the a cappella ensemble Stile Antico cracked themselves up the entire time they sound checked for this Tiny Desk Concert. But when the cameras started rolling, they were all business. Watch the 12-person ensemble perform in the NPR Music offices.
One of the most challenging things about being at a large scale music festival is the sheer number of bands and venues. Bob Boilen told All Songs Considered intern Sarah Ventre that her job was to find one band to fall in love with. She found them.
Strauss's lurid yet sumptuous one-act opera tells the story of Elektra and her decidedly dysfuntional family — her murdered father Agamemnon, her frantic sister Chrysothemis and their homicidal mother, Klytaemnestra.
The Boston pop-rock band is living proof that simple instruments, poignant lyrics and loyal fans can be the perfect recipe for success. From local fame to national notoriety, the band continues to win fans over with energized live performances. Hear Guster at noon ET.