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Conductor and Composer Raymond Leppard - A Champion Of The Old And The New - Has Died

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The British conductor, harpsichordist and scholar helped reignite interest in works by composers like Monteverdi — but he also championed new works and wrote notable film scores of his own.

Not My Job: We Quiz Opera Star Renée Fleming On 'Baby Shark'

Saturday, October 19, 2019

How much do (do do do do do) you think the soprano knows about the hit children's song Baby Shark? We'll find out.

Happy 100th birthday, theremin!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Léon Theremin was a cellist and a physicist and found out that you can create a sound by moving your hand in electromagnetic fields.

After Nearly Losing His Voice To Cancer, Anthony Roth Costanzo Takes On 'Akhnaten'

Monday, October 7, 2019

Ten years ago, Costanzo had surgery that threatened to destroy his singing voice. Now the countertenor is starring as a gender-fluid Egyptian pharaoh in a new production by the Metropolitan Opera.

Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Finds The Humanity In 'Joker'

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Joker is a psychological character study of a disturbed man who turns violent. To give the comic book villain human depth, composer Hildur Guðnadóttir had to dig deep and empathize with the character.

Composer Giya Kancheli, Championed By ECM, Dies At 84

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

One of the most prominent composers of the late 20th century has died. Georgia's Giya Kancheli wrote music full of light, shade and an incandescent longing. He was 84 years old.

Remembering Opera Star Jessye Norman

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Jessye Norman died on Monday at the age of 74.

Opera Singer Jessye Norman Dies At 74

Monday, September 30, 2019

Norman was one of the leading African American opera figures in a time when there were fewer than now. The soprano won four Grammys and the National Medal of Arts.

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