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Regina Resnik as Ellen Orford in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes in 1948.

Watch Versatile Opera Star, Director, Teacher Regina Resnik Dies at 90

August 9, 2013 – The Bronx native began her career early, then did it all — singing as both a soprano and a mezzo.

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

Watch Licia Albanese: An Opera Diva Hits 100

July 22, 2013 – The beloved Met Opera star is revered for her Puccini heroines, especially Madama Butterfly.

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

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

July 20, 2013 – The Long Walk, Brian Castner's memoir of PTSD and a difficult homecoming, will soon be an opera.

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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."

Watch Opera Singer Becomes (Soprano) Voice Of Protest In Portugal

July 18, 2013 – After drowning out the president in song, Ana Maria Pinto now leads choirs of angry Portuguese.

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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.

Read Carnegie Hall's Barnstorming Youth Movement

July 17, 2013 – What does a new national symphony for teenagers mean to classical music — and to Carnegie Hall?

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

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

July 13, 2013 – The country's best teen musicians are going on tour, with top-notch training and some famous help.

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The Benedict Music Tent in Aspen.

Read Music Is The Mission, Not Money

July 8, 2013 – The president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival, Alan Fletcher, delivers some trenchant words.

Mezzo soprano Jamie Barton, who won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition Sunday night.

Watch Meet The 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World

June 24, 2013 – 31-year-old American mezzo Jamie Barton walked away with both the main prize and the song award.

Violinist Amandine Beyer holds Mozart's own violin backstage at Boston's Jordan Hall on Monday.

Read Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

June 14, 2013 – Hearing — and holding — Mozart's own instruments is a thrill like no other.

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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.

Read A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

June 12, 2013 – Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene examines the titular figure's relationship to Jesus.

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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.

Read Ukrainian Wins Top Prize At Van Cliburn Piano Competition KERA

June 10, 2013 – Vadym Kholodenko, 26, takes home the $50,000 purse, plus three years of professional management. KERA

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Artists from the Philadelphia Orchestra perform at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, capital of China.

Watch Why Being Stuck On A Tarmac With The Philly Orchestra Rocks

June 7, 2013 – Four members of the Philadelphia Orchestra turned a three-hour flight delay into something magical.

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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.

Read The Cliburn Competition After Van

June 5, 2013 – The iconic pianist died earlier this year, leaving behind a prestigious piano competition.

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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.

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

May 25, 2013 – The ballet premiered in 1913, provoking a response just as striking as the music and dance.

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Henri Dutilleux, a leading French composer and unique voice in new music, has died at age 97.

Watch Henri Dutilleux, Leading French Composer, Dies At 97

May 22, 2013 – The composer will be remembered for a small quantity of perfectly realized, richly textured works.

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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.

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.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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