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Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole Smith in Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the final production from the New York City Opera, which closed its doors for good this fall.
December 31, 2013 A beloved conductor made a triumphant return, an opera singer took a stand and Walt Disney was reanimated by Philip Glass. It was quite a year in classical music, which also brought the closing of a prominent opera company and the continued silence of a major orchestra.
October 11, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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October 10, 2013 Watch a thrilling and masterful performance for the Verdi bicentennial: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Riccardo Muti, performing in one of the composer's very greatest works, the furious and glorious Requiem.
Giuseppe Verdi's operas have an uncanny ability to probe into our contemporary psyche.
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October 10, 2013 On the bicentennial of the composer's birth, his music seems keenly suited to our triumphs and our failures. His operas may star dukes, prostitutes or court jesters, but they are all packed with vital insights into human nature.
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Don't be caught fishing for facts about Verdi on the bicentennial of his birth.
October 9, 2013 Don't know your Traviata from your Trovatore or your Otello from your Aida? Try out this handy cheat sheet — with music — to explore the greatest of Italian composers on the centennial of his birth. Hear his music and learn the unlikely story of his rise from a small town to international renown.
Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera.
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October 7, 2013 To mark the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, one of today's preeminent sopranos spins her favorite music by the master opera composer — from the emotionally electrifying fourth act of Il trovatore to the tender purity of the "Ave Maria" in Otello.
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Johan Botha as the title character and Renée Fleming as Desdemona in the Metropolitan Opera's fall 2012 run of Verdi's Otello.
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October 5, 2013 This coming week will mark Italian opera giant Giuseppe Verdi's bicentennial. NPR's Arun Rath isn't just a fan of the composer's adaptation of Othello — he says it just might have the edge on the Bard's original.
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October 4, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
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