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Maria Callas, a masterful bel canto singer, performs in the title role of Bellini's Norma in Paris, May 23, 1964.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Savoring The Bel Canto Sound

March 28, 2012 – The "beautiful singing" of the early 1800s marks an appealing milestone in the story of opera.

Seismic singing from the bottommost voices: Know your basso buffo from your basso profondo.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: In the Basement With The Basses

January 18, 2012 – With opera's subterranean serenaders, it's important to know a basso buffo from a basso profondo.

Tenors may be characterized as head-strong and unpredictable, but they can produce pretty sounds.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Tuning Into Tenors

November 30, 2011 – If you're talking about the kings of the high Cs, make sure you know your facts from fabrications.

Don't mix up your mezzos and contraltos.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Managing Mezzos, Altos And Contraltos

November 16, 2011 – Learn to love our low-voiced lady opera singers who get to play everything from royalty to rivals.

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

Read Rossini's Overlooked 'Otello' WDAV

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

Listen Brilliance In The Shadows: Mercadante's 'Virginia' WDAV

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

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

Listen Second Time Around: Rossini's 'Siege of Corinth' WDAV

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

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The two DiDonatos

Read First Listen: Joyce DiDonato, 'Diva, Divo'

January 16, 2011 – Hear the amazing mezzo-soprano's new gender-bending opera album in its entirety before its release.

Cinderella (Kate Aldrich) and Prince Ramiro (Lawrence Brownlee)

Listen A Fairytale Grows Up:  Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' WDAV

December 24, 2010 – Rossini's take on Cinderella is one of his funniest operas, but it has its share of serious moments. WDAV

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Rossini

Read Composers In The Kitchen: Gioachino Rossini's Haute Cuisine

November 25, 2010 – Though Rossini mainly composed comic operas, he didn't fool around when it came to food.

Sigismondo

Listen Recycled Brilliance:  Rossini's 'Sigismondo' WDAV

October 29, 2010 – Modern audiences embrace this rarely-performed opera, even though Rossini reuses earlier tunes. WDAV

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Joyce DiDonato

Listen Teachers Who Made A Difference: Joyce DiDonato's Seeds Of Confidence

October 13, 2010 – The opera star recalls a third grade letter to her parents, turning potential tragedy into triumph.

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Read Dudamel Conducts The L.A. Philharmonic KUSC

October 7, 2010 – Hear the young conductor lead the orchestra, and tenor Juan Diego Florez, in music by Rossini. KUSC

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