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Johan Botha as the title character and Renée Fleming as Desdemona in the Metropolitan Opera's fall 2012 run of Verdi's Otello.

Read How Verdi Improved On Shakespeare

October 5, 2013 – NPR's Arun Rath says the opera giant's version of Othello just might have the edge on the original.


In Minneapolis, demonstrations in support of musicians have drawn regular support during the yearlong Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute.

Read It's Been A Really Bad Week For Classical Music

October 5, 2013 – What gives when an esteemed conductor quits, an opera goes bankrupt and Carnegie Hall shuts down?


Lawrence Brownlee performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.

Watch Lawrence Brownlee: Tiny Desk Concert

October 5, 2013 – The operatic tenor, acclaimed for his Rossini, circles back to his roots as a singer of spirituals.


Barbara Hannigan and Bejun Mehta in the Festival at Aix production of Written on Skin.

Watch This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out

October 4, 2013 – In George Benjamin's Written on Skin, human cruelty is inextricably connected to passion and art.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Verdi-Care In Effect

October 4, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

In November 2004, the Grand Ole Opry came to Carnegie Hall.

Read How Do You Get Paid $400,000 At Carnegie Hall? Be A Stagehand

October 3, 2013 – The hall's five full-time stagehands went on strike. The dispute wasn't over their eye-popping pay.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz made it big in the classical music scene as a little kid.

Watch Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies

October 3, 2013 – A prodigy's brain might be different than the average person's, but scientists don't quite know how.


Ethel performs its Documerica program, featuring photos from Environmental Protection Agency archives, and music by composers including Vietnam veteran Kimo Williams, at the Park Avenue Armory in 2012.

Watch A Veteran Traces America In Music

October 2, 2013 – A Vietnam vet is among the composers behind a new work based on the Documerica photo archive.


Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrate the 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall in a special gala concert.

Read Gustavo Dudamel And The LA Philharmonic Celebrate 10 Years In Disney Hall KUSC

October 2, 2013 – Hear a concert of classics, and a new work, marking the 10th year of Frank Gehry's shining Hall. KUSC

The New York City Opera let its final curtain fall Saturday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a production of Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Read Chronicle Of A Death Foretold: New York City Opera Shuts Its Doors

October 1, 2013 – After a round of emergency fundraising failed, New York's "People's Opera" is shutting down.


Emily Bear is a classical and jazz pianist. At 12, she is what many call a prodigy.

Read Don't Call This 12-Year-Old Concert Pianist A Prodigy

October 1, 2013 – Emily Bear has recorded six albums and performed at the White House. What have you done lately?


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera for NPR.

Read New At K.486 Mart

September 27, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Stand back, or wear earplugs.

Read Say What? French Horn Players Run Risk Of Hearing Loss

September 25, 2013 – Nearly half the horn players in an Australian study noticed that they'd lost some of their hearing.

Antonio Pompa-Baldi's new album is a tribute to Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf.

Read The Pianist Who Plays 'The Rascal And The Sparrow'

September 25, 2013 – In a new tribute album, pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi pairs songs by Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf.

Vijay Iyer and Jeremy Denk are 2013 MacArthur fellows.

Watch Vijay Iyer, Jeremy Denk Win MacArthur Genius Grants

September 25, 2013 – The two pianists exemplify creative thinking and wide-ranging intellectual and artistic pursuits.

Jeremy Denk's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations comes out Sept. 30.

Read First Listen: Jeremy Denk, 'J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations'

September 21, 2013 – The pianist explores Bach's harnessing of "infinite possibility from a single piece of code."

Leonard Bernstein's Age of Anxiety symphony is as unconventional as its creator.

Read Leonard Bernstein's Unconventional 'Anxiety'

September 21, 2013 – For conductor Marin Alsop, Bernstein's Age of Anxiety is a musical quest into life's big questions.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera for NPR.

Read And 'Fiddler On The Roof' — Not Jewish

September 20, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.

Read Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers WBGO

September 20, 2013 – The soprano tells WBGO that studying jazz vocalists influenced the way she interprets songs. WBGO

Bryce Dessner with the Kronos Quartet: David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt, and Sunny Jungin Yang.

Watch First Watch: Kronos Quartet Plays Music By The National's Bryce Dessner

September 18, 2013 – Hear music for string quartet written by The National's Bryce Dessner and premiered by Kronos.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera for NPR.

Read Mstislav Reaperpovich

September 13, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

An incredible roster of musicians gathered at Carnegie Hall in 2009 to play Terry Riley's epic 'In C' — with the complete, but only single-page, score projected overhead.

Watch Three Symphonies That Aren't Really Symphonies

September 11, 2013 – Explore three non-symphonies with epic — even symphonic — sweep, and hear a sneak preview.


Pamela Armstrong (left) as Alice Ford and Heather Johnson as Meg Page in New York City Opera's production of Falstaff. The so called people's opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.

Read New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain

September 10, 2013 – The New York City Opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.


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