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The late American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens in her signature role as Carmen.

Watch Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

March 21, 2013 – The mezzo with the smoky, sultry voice defined Carmen for generations. Stevens died Wednesday at 99.

A marching band perfroms before the introduction of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City.

Watch Marches Madness: Heralding The Pope

March 14, 2013 – Before the introduction of Pope Francis, a marching band played Charles Gounod's Pontifical March.

The newly elected Pope Francis (formerly known as opera lover and Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City.

Read Breaking: Pope Francis Loves Opera

March 13, 2013 – Pretty much the first thing that Cardinal Egan shared about the new pontiff? That he loves opera.

Cornetist Adam Rosbottom rehearses with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band in January. The band was founded in South Yorkshire, England, in 1917.

Read Britain's Brass Bands: A Working-Class Tradition On The Wane

March 6, 2013 – A matter of civic pride since the 19th century, the U.K.'s coal-town brass bands are dying out.

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Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves court in Paris Tuesday after attending a hearing regarding his seizure request for a new book by Argentinian-born Marcela Iacub detailing their liason.

Read The Operatic Potential Of DSK, A Modern Don Giovanni

February 26, 2013 – Could Dominique Strauss-Kahn's fall from grace make a compelling opera?

The late conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch, captured in rehearsals for a recording of Wagner's Die Meistersinger.

Watch Remembering A Conductor Who Blossomed In Philadelphia

February 25, 2013 – A conductor formed in postwar Germany had a surprising late-life renaissance in the U.S.

Emmanuelle Riva in Michael Haneke's Amour.

Watch Music, The Food Of 'Amour'

February 23, 2013 – The Best Picture nominee about love at the end of life uses music sparingly but crushingly.

Harmony — it's in the ear of the beholder, Australian researchers say.

Read Can You Learn To Like Music You Hate?

February 15, 2013 – A new study says that when you don't understand music, you don't even really hear it.

The late American conductor James DePreist.

Read Remembering American Conductor James DePreist

February 8, 2013 – The African-American conductor flourished at a time when few black men led major orchestras.

Afghanistan's youth orchestra performs in Kabul on Jan. 31. The orchestra is coming to the U.S. and will appear at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Read From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

February 3, 2013 – Young Afghans will be performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S.

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After a decade of lobbying by musicians, it will finally be easier for cellos to fly as comfortably as the people who play them.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

February 1, 2013 – The FAA changes its tune re instruments on planes and the passing of innovator Butch Morris.

In the operatic version of Doubt, Father Flynn (Matthew Worth) must defend his name after a suspicious Sister Aloysius (Christine Brewer) accuses him of sexually abusing an altar boy.

Watch New Opera Gets Benefit Of The 'Doubt'

January 25, 2013 – After a Pulitzer, a Tony and several Oscar nods, Doubt returns to the stage, this time as an opera.

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The Nazis imprisoned Czech composer Rudolf Karel (shown here in a sketch from 1945) for helping the resistance in Prague. He wrote his compositions down on toilet paper.

Read Honoring 'Our Will To Live': The Lost Music Of The Holocaust

January 25, 2013 – An Italian musicologist is resurrecting works written in World War II camps.

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Anne Akiko Meyers, holding the "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu violin, which reportedly sold for a record price. She says the anonymous buyer has offered her use of the instrument for life.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

January 25, 2013 – Anne Akiko Meyer's newest super-pricey fiddle and leadership changes from Munich to New York.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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