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Mozart's Queen of the Night (portrayed here by soprano Diana Damrau), in his The Magic Flute, is one of opera's more intense mothers.

Read Moms In Opera: 5 Women On The Edge

May 9, 2013 – Why are so many operatic moms depicted as murderous women on the verge of a nervous breakdown?

A diva on the town finds her way to NPR's new headquarters.

Read Maria Callas On The Move: A Diva Does D.C.

April 15, 2013 – After a week on the town, NPR Music's cut-out Diva-in-Residence arrives at our new headquarters.

Maria Callas, a masterful bel canto singer, performs in the title role of Bellini's Norma in Paris, May 23, 1964.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Savoring The Bel Canto Sound

March 28, 2012 – The "beautiful singing" of the early 1800s marks an appealing milestone in the story of opera.

Is there good music that somehow isn't getting through to you?

Watch Where Are Your Musical Blind Spots?

February 6, 2012 – Ever feel guilty about not appreciating music you know you should?

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu conjures the spirit (and the music) of the late diva Maria Callas on her new album.

Read Angela Gheorghiu's Callas Comparisons

November 15, 2011 – One of today's reigning opera divas needn't rely on an icon to help sell records.

Renata Scotto

Listen Guest DJ Renata Scotto: Opera, Risks, And Keeping It Real

February 24, 2011 – The great soprano chooses favorite recordings for a session of listening and conversation.


Soprano Natalie Dessay -- with the blood to prove it -- as the unhinged Lucia di Lammermoor.

Listen The 2010 Lucia Challenge: Name The Divas And Win A Dose Of Dignity

September 29, 2010 – How well do you know your divas? Take this interactive opera quiz and find out for yourself.

Maria Callas as Turandot

Watch Maria Callas: Voice Of Perfect Imperfection

February 15, 2010 – The late, great opera diva continues to thrill and divide audiences with her distinctive sound.


Listen Mad About Donizetti's 'Lucie Di Lammermoor'

August 22, 2008 – Rarely performed in its French version, the opera set the standard for melodrama and mad scenes.


Listen Italian Tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano Dies at 86

March 3, 2008 – The famed tenor possessed a robust voice imbued with the warmth of Italian sunshine.


Listen A Classical Treasure Trove at YouTube

February 12, 2008 – The popular video site provides a glimpse into great musical performances of the past.


Listen Love Letters and More from La Divina Up for Auction

December 11, 2007 – Musical scores, dresses and love letters offer a glimpse of the private passions of Maria Callas.


Listen Maria Callas, The Legend Who Lived for Her Art

September 16, 2007 – With her vivid operatic interpretations, the great diva turned the operatic world on its head.


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