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Missy Mazzoli's next opera, Lincoln in the Bardo, was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and is slated for a 2025 production. Caroline Tompkins/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Trade, created by Emma O'Halloran and Mark O'Halloran, will be featured at the PROTOTYPE festival this year. Maria Baranova/Unison Media hide caption

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Who says opera needs a grand stage? This festival is all about intimate productions

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A photo of Lionel Mapleson, pasted in one of his journals. Alex Teplitzky/NYPL hide caption

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This man's recordings spent years under a recliner — they've now found a new home

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Lyrics from 'One by One,' written by Connie Converse, will stay with you

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Angelo Badalamenti in a portrait taken Feb. 9, 1990. The composer, best known for his work with director David Lynch, died Dec. 11, 2022. ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images hide caption

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A 2005 exterior shot of The Juilliard School, which is located on the campus of Lincoln Center in New York City. Stan Honda/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The classical singer Julia Bullock has released Walking in the Dark, her debut solo album. Grant Legan/Nonesuch Records hide caption

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With a bold debut album, Julia Bullock curates an unconventional career

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Julia Bullock's Walking in the Dark is one of NPR Music's top 10 classical albums of 2022. Photo illustration: Jackie Lay/NPR / Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images hide caption

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British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs on stages around the world, sharing his love of classical, folk and pop. Courtesy Decca Classics hide caption

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Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason celebrates his eclectic inspirations

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Kelli O'Hara as Laura Brown, Renée Fleming as Clarissa Vaughan, and Joyce DiDonato as Virginia Woolf in Kevin Puts's "The Hours." Evan Zimmerman/Met Opera hide caption

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Three superstar divas power opera 'The Hours' - coming to movie theaters everywhere.

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Oleh Mahlay, the artistic director of the Bandurist Choir, conducts members of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America and Ukrainian Children's Choir at New York City's Carnegie Hall on Sunday. Fadi Kheir hide caption

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A rare recording of Phinney's Rainbow — thought to be the first produced musical of Stephen Sondheim (shown here as a wizened showbiz veteran of 32, with three Broadway musicals under his belt) — has been found on a bookshelf in Milwaukee. Michael Hardy/Express/Getty Images hide caption

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A rare recording of a musical by an 18-year-old Stephen Sondheim surfaces

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