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Soprano Maria Slatinaru and bass Paul Plishka perform in a 1986 production of Verdi's La Forza del Destino at the San Francisco Opera.

Read Verdi's 'La Forza,' Born Under A Bad Sign

November 10, 2012 – The opera flopped on its first run, and carries the stigma of cursing those who perform it.


Robert Spano conducts members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who are currently in a lock out labor dispute.

Read Why The Atlanta Symphony Matters: Five Recordings For The Lockout

September 6, 2012 – Celebrate the sound of the orchestra while it's silenced by a bitter labor dispute.

In a production of Verdi's opera Rigoletto at the Sydney Opera House, the title character (baritone Jonathan Summers) reels at the discovery of his dead daughter.

Read How Verdi, Wagner and Puccini Got Their Grooves

April 11, 2012 – Hear why these three composers are still superstars in opera houses worldwide.

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.

Know your rallentando from your accelerando? Opera singers must follow the composer's musical road signs.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Musical Signposts

February 1, 2012 – Opera singers must obey the musical traffic signals, knowing an accelerando from a rallentando.

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.

Don't let a bounty of baritones leave you bewildered.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Breaking Down Baritones

December 14, 2011 – Hear what happens when the natural male speaking voice turns to song in this baritone bonanza.

Tenors may be characterized as head-strong and unpredictable, but they can produce pretty sounds.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Tuning Into Tenors

November 30, 2011 – If you're talking about the kings of the high Cs, make sure you know your facts from fabrications.

Don't mix up your mezzos and contraltos.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Managing Mezzos, Altos And Contraltos

November 16, 2011 – Learn to love our low-voiced lady opera singers who get to play everything from royalty to rivals.

 From stratospheric coloraturas to jet-powered Wagnerians, learn to love our highest-flying singers.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Sizing Up Sopranos

November 9, 2011 – From stratospheric coloraturas to jet-powered Wagnerians, learn to love our highest-flying singers.

Carlos Alvarez and Lyubov Petrova in Verdi's Rigoletto at the Washington National Opera.

Listen An All-Consuming Parental Love: Verdi's 'Rigoletto' WDAV

October 21, 2011 – The tragedies of Verdi's own life spurred some of his most extraordinary work. WDAV


Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 when she starred in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera.

Read Marian Anderson's Long Overdue Operatic Moment

August 30, 2011 – Hear the famed contralto sing Verdi in a 1955 radio broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera.



Read Dramatic Transformation: Verdi's 'Ernani' WDAV

July 15, 2011 – It wasn't just Shakespeare who inspired Verdi to new creative heights. WDAV


The excellent Dutch soprano Gré Brouwenstijn is remembered with a new reissue of her mid-1950s recordings.

Listen Dutch Treat: Gre Brouwenstijn Sings Verdi And Wagner

July 5, 2011 – Hear a neglected but terrific Dutch soprano sing an aria from La Forza del Destino.


Giuseppe Verdi poured operatic drama into his Requiem, written in 1874 in memory of his friend Alessandro Manzoni.

Read Verdi's Requiem: An Opera In Disguise

June 4, 2011 – Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the human story and vivid drama Verdi packed into his Requiem Mass.


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