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Listen Storms And Salvation: 'The Flying Dutchman' WDAV

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


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


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


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

Listen Domingo Goes For Baroque In Handel's 'Tamerlano'

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


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


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


'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


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


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


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



Read Dramatic Transformation: Verdi's 'Ernani' WDAV

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


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


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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