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Soprano Patricia Ciofi sings an aria from Verdi's Rigoletto.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Arias, Odds And Ends

January 25, 2012 – The skinny on what's sung when the singer stands alone.

A 1791 painting of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on his deathbed, surrounded by his wife and friends.

Read Deathbed Music: The Final Works Of Famous Composers

January 8, 2012 – Mozart, Beethoven and others wrote bold, uncharacteristic pieces during their last days on Earth.

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Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) in the second installment of Guy Ritchie's steampunk action-mystery franchise.

Read Sherlock Holmes And The Adventure In Good Music

December 28, 2011 – Can only movie villains love classical music? The new Sherlock Holmes flick turns around a trope.

Violist Nicholas Cords likes his Japanese soba noodles on the quiet side.

Read Nicholas Cords: Soba And Silence

November 23, 2011 – Brooklyn Rider's intrepid violist finds a perfect musical partner for his favorite Japanese food.

Operatic tenor Joseph Calleja has a passion for music, food and wine.

Read A Maltese Thanksgiving With Tenor Joseph Calleja

November 21, 2011 – The celebrated tenor pairs music and wine with three seasonal dishes from his home country.

The Emerson String Quartet.

Read Mozart Quartets Fit For A King

October 18, 2011 – Hear the superb Emerson String Quartet — in their 35th year together — play Mozart.

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Erwin Schrott as Don Giovanni

Listen Placido Domingo Conducts 'Don Giovanni' WDAV

September 23, 2011 – Mozart's dark comedy features music of limitless genius, and a drama that lives up to the score. WDAV

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'La Clemenza di Tito' at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, July 2011.

Read Love At Any Cost: Mozart's 'La Clemenza Di Tito' WDAV

August 26, 2011 – The story of a man so in love that he's willing to burn down Rome. WDAV

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A 1779 portrait of the Mozarts: Nannerl, Wolfgang and their watchful father Leopold.

Watch Picturing Nannerl: A New Film About Mozart's Silenced Sister

August 22, 2011 – A new film joins the pile of ruminations on another very talented Mozart: Wolfgang's sister.

Conductor Ivan Fischer rehearses his own production of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni,' first staged in Budapest and then at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival.

Read A Conductor-Director Reframes Mozart's Villain

August 10, 2011 – One of the world's leading conductors takes on the role of stage director.

Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout at the Savannah Music Festival 2011.

Listen Mozart's Character: Kristian Bezuidenhout

July 13, 2011 – The artist explores rarely heard elements of Mozart's genius on what he calls "the old piano."

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Thomas Dolie as Papageno and actor William Nadylam in Peter Brook's 'A Magic Flute.'

Watch The Alchemy Of 'The Magic Flute'

July 11, 2011 – What makes Mozart's last opera so ripe for reinvention?

Abdou Ouologuem, Dima Bawab, Thomas Doliz and William Nadylam in a scene from director Peter Brook's A Magic Flute.

Read 'The Magic Flute,' Distilled To An Essence

July 9, 2011 – A new production reduces the lavish Mozart opera to seven singers, a piano and a bare stage.

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Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.

Watch Which Composer Is The Biggest Badass?

June 27, 2011 – An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate.

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