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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.

Mystery Woman Sings Opera In Los Angeles Metro — And Goes Viral

Sunday, September 29, 2019

A video posted on Twitter by the LAPD shows the woman, her hair pulled up in pigtails and arms loaded with bags, singing a famous Puccini aria, and hitting every note.

Jherek Bischoff Crafts A Symphonic Sound On 'Composed'

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The musician, songwriter, composer and producer has made a name for himself by playing with the likes of Amanda Palmer.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra And Musicians Continue To Clash As New Season Approaches

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

After nearly a year, the 103-year-old orchestra's musicians and management are still at odds over a new contract. Its new season is scheduled to begin on Saturday.

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