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Confessions Of An Operaholic

May 20, 2014 — Over the weekend, five London-based critics reviewed a new opera production — and each attacked the weight of one of the female soloists. Do they treat male vocalists the same way?
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Mar 18, 2014 — Sample a trio of new vocal albums ranging from a blistering Beethoven Mass to ancient Russian Orthodox traditions and an opulent but overlooked opera from the dawn of the 20th century.
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Feb 6, 2014 — The opera, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen, is streaming for free for the next 90 days. Its libretto is by Annie Proulx, who wrote the original short story.
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Jan 14, 2014 — The celebrated conductor recalls how a brand new record player and a stack of Mozart LPs sparked his life-long love of opera. Hear what he describes as "still my favorite recording of my favorite piece in the world."
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Oct 7, 2013 — To mark the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, one of today's preeminent sopranos spins her favorite music by the master opera composer — from the emotionally electrifying fourth act of Il trovatore to the tender purity of the "Ave Maria" in Otello.
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Aug 28, 2013 — Mesmerized by the Caruso records he heard on the streets of lower Manhattan as a poor kid, Richard Tucker took to singing and never looked back. New York honors its native son with arias and corned beef.
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Dec 11, 2012 — The soprano, whose life unfolded with more tragic and triumphant twists and turns than any opera plot was celebrated for her electrifying performances and her dissident political views.
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Dec 11, 2012 — The Swiss soprano will be remembered especially for singing songs and operas by Richard Strauss, which fit her sweet and silvery voice like couture gowns. She appeared more than 400 times at the Vienna State Opera and was a favorite at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1950s and '60s.
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Aug 16, 2012 — A panel of experts takes the pulse of opera today and discuss its possibilities for the future.
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Aug 14, 2012 — A new 23-CD set explores the suave elegance of one of the most successful opera composers.
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