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Scream and scream again

Leonie RysanekBorn on this day in 1926 soprano Leonie Rysanek.   Read more »

Just Heaven!

Astonishing Anna Netrebko intones the “Monologo di Fedra” at a dress rehearsal of Adriana LecouvreurRead more »

Broadcast: Madama Butterfly

For your listening and discussing pleasure tonight, cher public:  Madama Butterfly live from the Met at 7:25 PM.

Change the world – I want to get off

A dozen women or more talk and sing about all sort of important and exciting things, with “a man” near the bottom of their list of priorities.

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Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes

A wonderfully committed Ailyn Pérez and Gerald Finley at Saturday afternoon’s revival abetted by Emmanuel Villaume’s passionate conducting converted me to a Thaïs believer.

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Allowing the birds to nest in your hair

In the seventies and eighties Dominick Argento (who turned ninety this year) was one of the most oft-performed of American opera composers.

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Check yourself before you Rex yourself

On this day in 1940 the animated film Fantasia produced by Walt Disney and starring Leopold Stokowski (not pictured) was released.

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Broadcast: Adriana Lecouvreur

The broadcast debuts of Anna Netrebko‘s Adriana and Piotr Beczala‘s Maurizio.

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Popp star

Born on this day in 1939 soprano Lucia Popp.

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Broadcast: Thaïs

“C’est Thais, l’idole fragile qui vient pour la première fois.”

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