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Grimoaldo (Paolo Fanale) threatens to kill Rodelinda's (Sonia Ganassi) son if she doesn't marry him -- even though she's already married. Laera/Festival della Valle D'Itria hide caption

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Rodelinda

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Katia Pellegrino performs the grueling role of Norma in this concert production of Bellini's opera. Wojciech Grzedzinski hide caption

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Norma

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When Mimi (Krassimira Stoyanova) comes upstairs to borrow a candle from Rodolfo (Stephen Costello), they are immediately attracted to each other. Michael Poehn/Wiener Staatsoper hide caption

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The Dew Fairy (Ida Falk Winland) wakes Hansel and Gretel at the start of Act 3. Christ Christopoulou/BBC hide caption

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Elvira (Désirée Rancatore) thinks her fiance is cheating on her -- but he's really saving the exiled Queen. Zeininger/Wiener Staatsoper hide caption

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Marguerite (Maureen O'Flynn) confesses that she loves Faust (James Valenti), with no idea that he has sold his soul to the devil. Greg Cable/Opera Carolina hide caption

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Even the few light-hearted moments in Berg's opera are surrounded by darkness. The disturbed Wozzeck (Georg Nigl) has horrific visions of knives and blood, which turn out to be prophetic. Damir Yusupov/Bolshoi Theatre hide caption

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Wozzeck at the Bolshoi Theatre

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Renee Fleming in the title role of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at the Washington National Opera. Karin Cooper via Washington National Opera hide caption

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Renee Fleming Sings 'Lucrezia Borgia'

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Tosca (Catherine Naglestad) with her politically subversive lover, the painter Caravadossi (Roberto Alagna). Photo Grand Angle Orange hide caption

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'Tosca' at Theatre Antique

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Tenor Placido Domingo switches to the baritone register to sing the title role in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra last month at the BBC Proms Concerts. Chris Christodoulou/BBC hide caption

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The Vixen (Isabel Bayrakdarian) sows seeds of discontent among the barnyard animals. New Press Photo Firenze/Maggio Musicale Fiorentino hide caption

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Though Diana (Marie-Claude Chappuis) has a reputation as a virgin goddess, she nevertheless falls for Endimione (Lawrence Zazzo), in La Calisto. Alvaro Yanez hide caption

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Beatrice (Catherine Malfitano) deals with the anger and insecurity of her husband Eddie (Kim Josephson) in A View from the Bridge. Karin Cooper hide caption

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Though Pelléas (Yann Beuron) and Mélisande (Marta Márquez) do not explicitly discuss their love for each other until late in the opera, it smolders throughout the first three acts. Hans Joerg Michel hide caption

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