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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?

Tenor Joseph Calleja, the 2012 Gramophone Artist of the Year.

Watch The 2012 Gramophone Awards: Some Surprises, Lots Of (Repeated) Familiar Names

September 27, 2012 – From Calleja to Abbado to Grosvenor, read about and hear some of the winners at this year's awards.

Soprano Cheryl Barker (as Jenůfa) and tenor Peter Wedd (as Luca) sing in a production of Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa from Opera Australia.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Wading Into The 20th Century

April 18, 2012 – Opera reinvents itself in the hands of innovative composers facing a new century.

Perfect pairings: wine, food and music.

Read Perfect Pairings: Programming Wine With Music

November 22, 2011 – Suggestions from one of Chicago's top sommeliers — a former professional percussionist.

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.

Claudio Abbado conducts Fidelio

Listen Strife and Salvation: Beethoven's 'Fidelio' WDAV

January 7, 2011 – In Beethoven's only opera, a daring hero risks all to save her imprisoned husband. WDAV

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Classical Clocks: Top 5 Musical Time Pieces WVXU

November 7, 2007 – A list of five classical clocks to chime in the end of Daylight Savings Time. WVXU

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