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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


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


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


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


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


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


'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


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

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


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

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


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


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

Listen An Epic Spin-Off: Handel's 'Alcina' WDAV

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


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


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


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.

Read First-Time Perfection: Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro' WDAV

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


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