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Scandals at La Scala

La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy, is one of the most cut-throat and coveted stages for singers around the world. This is the home of classical music at its most scandalous...

This Week in Music History: Brahms and Tchaikovsky were born (1833/1840)

Brahms and Tchaikovsky shared a birthday but little else. Tchaikovsky thought the German a "mediocre composer" and having met him, "a frightful tippler"...

This Week in Music History: Schubert is born (1797)

Franz Peter Schubert’s parents, Franz Theodor and Maria Elisabeth, were wise to get to church as soon as possible after his birth on January 31, 1797.

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Brahms’s First Piano...

Full of Christmas cheer, Brahms wrote to Clara Schumann in December 1857:

This Week in Music History: Hans Sachs is born (1494)

There are relatively few shoemakers with their own entry in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the standard reference work for classical music. But Hans Sachs was no ordinary shoemaker.

This Week in Music History: Wagner’s Ring cycle is first performed...

Classical music has such a long, storied history, that it can be difficult to know where to start. Each week, we’ll be exploring an...