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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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Aida at the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence.

Read Love Triangles And Pyramids: Verdi's 'Aida' WDAV

June 3, 2011 – When it comes to evoking the exotic aura of ancient Egypt it's tough to top Verdi's wartime romance. WDAV

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Conductor James Levine, early in his career.

Read The Official James Levine Puzzler

June 2, 2011 – Celebrate the famed (and beleaguered) conductor's 40 years at the Met with this interactive puzzler.

Bass Georgio Tozzi.

Read Bass Giorgio Tozzi Dies At 88

June 1, 2011 – The American singer enjoyed a career that stretched from the Metropolitan Opera to Hollywood.

Saverio Mercadante's rarely performed opera Virginia from Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland.

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May 27, 2011 – Once a great hit in Italy, this opera of ancient Roman intrigues has unfairly long languished. WDAV

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Verdi's 'Nabucco' performed at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

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May 6, 2011 – Did one chance encounter lead to Verdi's first great triumph? WDAV

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John Steane wrote about opera in an unstuffy, knowledgeable way.

Watch Remembering Critic And Opera Hero John Steane

March 30, 2011 – The British writer's breathtaking knowledge and affable prose set him apart from all others.

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.

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Cover art for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Grammy-winning CD.

Listen Dark Horses And Indie Labels: An Eclectic Mix At The Classical Grammys

February 14, 2011 – When a recording of dense, mystical organ music wins, something good has happened at the Grammys.

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky

Watch What Was Your Favorite Musical Moment Of 2010?

December 6, 2010 – As the year winds down, tell us the story of your best musical moment of 2010.

Verdi And Food

Read Composers In The Kitchen: Risotto Giuseppe Verdi Style

November 17, 2010 – The king of opera was humble about his music, but not so when the subject was cooking risotto.

Spira Mirabilis

Watch Random Acts Of Classical Music

November 10, 2010 – Flash concerts have grown popular in the past year as a way to reach a wider audience.

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

Listen 2010 Gramophone Award Winners Announced

October 4, 2010 – The venerable British classical music magazine has announced winners in 24 categories.

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Row of ancient tomes

Read 5 Books To Ignite An Opera Obsession

September 23, 2010 – These five books will initiate you into a long and happy career as an operaholic.

Placido Domingo sing the title role in Verdi’s 'Simon Boccanegra' at the BBC Proms, July 18th.

Listen Domingo The Baritone In Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra' WDAV

August 13, 2010 – The famed tenor takes on one of Verdi's most nuanced roles for baritone at this year's BBC Proms. WDAV

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