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October 7, 2011 – Wagner's lonely wanderer anticipates a generation of Westerns — in a vivid and compelling story. WDAV

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Vittorio Grigolo and Adrana Damato in 'La Boheme.'

Listen 'La Boheme': 19th-Century 'Reality Opera' WDAV

September 30, 2011 – Puccini's genius: making an indelible opera out of ordinary people's stories. WDAV

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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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Placido Domingo stars as Bajazet, with soprano Sara Coburn as Asteria, in Handel's Tamerlano.

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September 16, 2011 – Placido Domingo takes on his 126th role: as Bajazet in Handel's taut drama Tamerlano.

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Elena Mosuc as the title character in 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at the Teatro Regio in Turin.

Read A Romantic Sensation: 'Lucia Di Lammermoor' WDAV

September 9, 2011 – An opera that's wound its way into a host of other works, from Anna Karenina to The Departed. WDAV

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Stéphanie d'Oustrac as Cybèle in Lully's 'Atys' at the Opera Comique, Paris.

Read Mortals, Beware: Lully's 'Atys' WDAV

September 2, 2011 – Lully shows us what happens when mere mortals get involved with the gods. 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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Marcus Pelz, Marian Talaba, Janice Watson and Deborah Polaski in 'Katya Kabanova' at the Vienna State Opera.

Read Subtle Villainy: Janacek's 'Katya Kabanova'

August 19, 2011 – An opera with a most unusual — and very disturbing — 'bad guy': a little old lady.

Conductor Antonio Pappano, who leads this 'William Tell.'

Read More Than Just A Pretty Overture: Rossini's 'William Tell' WDAV

August 12, 2011 – It's not just "Hi-ho, Silver!" — there are four whole acts, an apple and a bow. WDAV

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An early Olympiad depicted on a 5th-century BC black figure Greek vase: a scenario that inspired an opera by Pergolesi.

Read Fruit From A Brief Life: Pergolesi's 'L'Olimpiade' WDAV

August 5, 2011 – An opera that gives a glimpse of what might have been — had its composer lived past the age of 26. WDAV

Eri Nakamura as Juliet and Tara Erraught as Romeo in the Bavarian State Opera production of Bellini's 'I Capuleti e i Montecchi.'

Read Bellini's Rare Bird: 'The Capulets And The Montagues' WDAV

July 29, 2011 – There are many failed operas based on Romeo and Juliet — here's one of the successes. WDAV

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Marie-Nicole Lemieux as the crazed title character in 'Orlando Furioso.'

Read Legacy Of An Epic: Vivaldi's 'Orlando Furioso' WDAV

July 22, 2011 – How Vivaldi — as well as Handel, Haydn and Rossini — made hits out of a single poem. WDAV

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'Ernani'

Read Dramatic Transformation: Verdi's 'Ernani' WDAV

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

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The triumph of Italy: Rossini's 'L'Italiana In Algeri' at the Opéra de Lausanne

Read Rescue Reversed: Rossini's 'L'Italiana in Algeri' WDAV

July 8, 2011 – How Rossini's cross-cultural opera shattered another stereotype: the damsel in distress. WDAV

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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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