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Sir Georg Solti at 100 – Part 1

Sir George Solti, everything from Bach to Kodaly
October 22, 2012

We begin a week log celebration of Sir Georg Solti (1912-1997) in honor of his 100th birthday.

Something Wonderful: Joyce DiDonato Answers Your Questions

15, 2011

Joyce DiDonato answers questions about opera from the students at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Tulsa, OK.

Politics on Stage, or Fox News Has Nothing on THIS!

...already an opera
September 26, 2011

What political story would make the best opera? Vietnam? JFK? The 2000 elections?

Some Funny Master Classes

Some laughs at a very serious vocal competition
September 9, 2011

A hoot, or several hoots from the 1995 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Say a Prayer for Salvatore

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Salvatore Licitra. The young tenor is in 'grave' condition following a motorcycle accident in Italy.
August 31, 2011

Tenor Salvatore Licitra is in grave condition following a motorcycle accident in Catania earlier this week. He’s not stranger to dramatic events. The world of opera prays for him.

The Great Caruso

3, 2011

Enrico Caruso died ninety years ago this week. Here’s a small appreciation, including one of his first recordings.

American Music Heroes: Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson as Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera in 1955
Marian Anderson as Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera in her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1955.
June 28, 2011

Remembering the American contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993) as we prepare for the fourth of July weekend.

This Saturday: Classical 101 Remembers Shirley Verrett

Sherley Verrett as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites
Sherley Verrett as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976.
9, 2011

This Saturday, Classical 101′s Serenata and Saturday on Stage remember opera star Shirley Verrett (1931-2010).

Serenata Makes the Art Song Cool

British Tenor Marc Padamore
This week Serenata will feature selections for British tenor Mark Padamore's recent recording of Schubert's song cycle Die schoene Muellerin.
25, 2011

Serenata, a weekly program of thirty minutes with the art song, returns to Classical 101 on Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. The program runs every Saturday through November.

Zheng Cao, A Profile in Courage

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Mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao's career continues after she survived a bout with stage 4 lung cancer.
April 15, 2011

Zheng Cao, a Chinese born mezzo-soprano was diagnosed with lung cancer a number of years ago and was literally sent home to die. She didn’t. Hear about her career and her story of survival.