Soprano Licia Albanese sang the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly 72 times at the Metropolitan Opera. The Metropolitan Opera Archives hide caption

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The Long Walk, Brian Castner's memoir of PTSD and a difficult homecoming, will soon be an opera. YouTube hide caption

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A Veteran's Piercing True Story Leaps From Page To Stage

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Pinto leads protesters in song during anti-austerity demonstrations. "I'm just a normal citizen," she says. "I just have this strong instinct of protecting what I love, and I do deeply love my country." Courtesy of Ana Maria Pinto hide caption

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Opera Singer Becomes (Soprano) Voice Of Protest In Portugal

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Cellist Angelique Montes, resident advisor Melissa Willams and clarinetist Tom Jeon arrive at Purchase College, State University of New York to begin their NYO-USA adventure. Chris Lee/courtesy of Carnegie Hall hide caption

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Conductor Valery Gergiev leads the National Youth Orchestra through its first rehearsal with the maestro, at Purchase College outside New York City. Chris Lee hide caption

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From Carnegie Hall, A Youth Orchestra That's A National First

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Modern hymn writers Kristyn and Keith Getty run through their song "In Christ Alone" at their home near Nashville's Music Row. Courtesy of Stephen Jerkins hide caption

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Modern Hymn Writers Aim To Take Back Sunday

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The Benedict Music Tent in Aspen. Alex Irvin/courtesy of the Aspen Music Festival and School hide caption

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Violinist Amandine Beyer holds Mozart's own violin backstage at Boston's Jordan Hall on Monday. Kathy Wittman/Courtesy of the Boston Early Music Festival hide caption

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Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

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Nathan Gunn and Sasha Cooke star in the new opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene as Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus) and the title character. San Francisco Opera hide caption

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A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

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Cliburn medalists Beatrice Rana, second place winner; Vadym Kholodenko, first place winner; and Sean Chen, third place winner, receive applause from the audience at the final awards ceremony at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Sunday. Rodger Mallison/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Ukrainian Wins Top Prize At Van Cliburn Piano Competition

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Artists from the Philadelphia Orchestra perform at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, capital of China. Luo Xiaoguang /Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Why Being Stuck On A Tarmac With The Philly Orchestra Rocks

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Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong, 22, performs at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. The Juilliard School graduate student is among six musicians chosen for the final round. Ralph Lauer/Cliburn Foundation hide caption

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The Cliburn Competition After Van

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An image from the 2013 production of Le Sacre du Printemps by the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, reflects the hard jumps and stamps of Vaslav Nijinsky's original choreography. Herbert Migdoll/Joffrey Ballet hide caption

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Then The Curtain Opened: The Bracing Impact Of Stravinsky's 'Rite'

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Cellist Janos Starker with one of his classes at Indiana University. He said he was "put on this earth to be a teacher." Indiana University Jacobs School of Music hide caption

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Remembering Janos Starker, The Cellist 'Born To Be A Teacher'

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Hungarian-born American cellist Janos Starker died Sunday at 88. Starker's career included more than 165 recordings, as well as decades of teaching. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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Hear Janos Starker Discuss His Career With NPR’s Susan Stamberg

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The late trumpeter Bud Herseth, former principal player for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years. Jim Steere/courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Caroline Shaw, winner of this year's music Pulitzer, performing with the ACME ensemble in New York in September 2012. AJ Wilhelm for NPR hide caption

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The late Colin Davis conducting the last night of Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall in September 1968. George Freston/Getty Images hide caption

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Musician Jace Clayton, who also performs under the name DJ /rupture, says he fell in love with the work of little-known composer Julius Eastman. Rocio Rodriguez Salceda/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jace Clayton Revives A Forgotten Voice From New York's Vanguard

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