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'La Finta Giardiniera' at La Monnaie in Brussels, March 2011.

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June 24, 2011 – Finding the method inside of the madness created by an 18-year-old Mozart. WDAV

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Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride' at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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June 17, 2011 – A Russian composer's fascination with a shadowy tale from the life of Ivan the Terrible. WDAV

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Rossini's operatic version of Shakespeare's Othello came long before Verdi's, and is now rarely performed.

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June 10, 2011 – Giving R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the 'Othello' story in its first operatic version. WDAV

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Aida at the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence.

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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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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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The ballad opera 'Flora': from early 18th-century England to 21st-century Charleston.

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May 20, 2011 – How an English innovation led to the first opera to be produced in North America. WDAV

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'Herodiade' at Vlaamse Opera, Belgium.

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May 13, 2011 – The juicy story of Salome--this time, told by Massenet. WDAV

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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Sophie Koch and Jonas Kaufmann as the star-crossed lovers in Werther.

Listen Ending It All In Massenet's 'Werther' WDAV

April 29, 2011 – Forget Metallica and Megadeth: here's Massenet on fading to black, in his opera 'Werther.' WDAV

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Soprano Anna Netrebko stars in the Vienna State Opera production of Donizetti's Anna Bolena.

Read History Under the Bright Lights: Donizetti's 'Anna Bolena'

April 22, 2011 – The historical figure Anne Boleyn comes vividly to life in Donizetti's psychological drama.

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Mahomet II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, is a key figure in two of Rossini's operas.

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April 15, 2011 – Rossini remakes his own opera Maometto II, a story of conflicting passions and divided loyalties. WDAV

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Anja Harteros in the title role of Handel's Alcina, with Vesselina Kasarova as Ruggiero.

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April 8, 2011 – Who knew there were story franchises in the Baroque era? WDAV

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The tortured relationship between Carmen (mezzo-soprano Beatrice Uria-Monzon) and Don Jose (tenor Roberto Alagna) is at the center of one of opera's biggest blockbusters.

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April 1, 2011 – Georges Bizet is only known for one opera — but he packs more hummable tunes than usual into it. WDAV

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Rusalka (Christine Opolais) gives up her immortality for a chance at love with the prince (Klaus Florian Vogt) — but she's not the only one who has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Read Life Yields to Love in Dvorak's 'Rusalka' WDAV

March 25, 2011 – In this fairy-tale opera, a water nymph gives up her immortality for the love of a prince. WDAV

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The scheming Count Almaviva (Erwin Schrott, left) and Basilio the music master (Benjamin Bruns) prop up a swooning Susanna (Slyvia Schwartz), the object of the Count's nefarious affections.

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March 18, 2011 – Mozart's premier creative partnership with Lorenzo Da Ponte produced a masterpiece for the ages. WDAV

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