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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is facing budget battles, and the shame of being silenced while backing a pop group.

Read Agitation In Atlanta, Luck In London And John Cage On The A Train

August 17, 2012 – The Atlanta Symphony struggles, a one-handed pianist graduates and the music of John Cage continues.

New categories at the 2012 Olympics.

Read Faster, Higher, Louder

July 27, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Danielle De Niese performs at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on Jan. 23, 2012.

Watch Danielle De Niese In Concert

May 3, 2012 – Watch an intense performance by a soprano who mixes rock glam with operatic elegance.

Baritone William Shimell sings the title role in Handel's opera  Hercules in Aix-en-Provence in 2004.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: The Age Of 'Serious Opera'

February 29, 2012 – The prescribed plots and extravagant music of Opera Seria dominated 18th-century opera.

Lisa Smirnova studied Handel's suites for five years before recording them.

Read From Hyperpianos To Harmonious Handel: New Classical Albums

February 12, 2012 – NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.

Messiah vs. Nutcracker

Read Christmas Music: It's A Bout Time

December 16, 2011 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Richard Croft and Danielle de Niese star in Handel's 'Semele' at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Read Going With The Flow: Handel's 'Semele' WDAV

July 1, 2011 – Handel's attempt to fuse the spiritual with the profane — with his audience firmly in mind. WDAV

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The ballad opera 'Flora': from early 18th-century England to 21st-century Charleston.

Listen 'Flora' — An 18th-Century British Invasion WDAV

May 20, 2011 – How an English innovation led to the first opera to be produced in North America. WDAV

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Anja Harteros in the title role of Handel's Alcina, with Vesselina Kasarova as Ruggiero.

Listen An Epic Spin-Off: Handel's 'Alcina' WDAV

April 8, 2011 – Who knew there were story franchises in the Baroque era? WDAV

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Bejun Mehta is a popular countertenor

Watch When A Man Sings Like A Woman: A Countertenor Convergence

November 30, 2010 – In classical music, guys who sing high are countertenors. Three of the best have brand new CDs.

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McGegan

Listen Rendezvous With The Dead: Nicholas McGegan Invites Handel To Dinner

November 2, 2010 – Conductor Nicholas McGegan wants to hear all the gossip about Handel's contemporaries — firsthand.

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Rodelinda

Listen Riches Rediscovered:  Handel's 'Rodelinda'

October 15, 2010 – Handel's operas are just emerging from obscurity -- like the king in Rodelinda, who fakes his death.

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Conductor Charles Mackerras

Listen Conductor Charles Mackerras Dies At 84

July 15, 2010 – Although he never opted for a glittery career, Mackerras was a favorite of fans and critics.

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Hercules

Read The Classical Strongman's Guide To Awesome Abs

February 24, 2010 – Feel better and look healthier when you exercise to these inspiring classical-music masterworks.

Listen 'Agrippina,' Handel's Unlikely Comedy

January 29, 2010 – Handel’s early, odd-ball comedy, stars ruthless characters from ancient Rome.

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