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The Greatest Opera Arias

Do you have a favorite opera aria? From La Scala to Glyndebourne, from Verdi to Tchaikovsky, from Callas to Pavarotti, here are some top interpretations...

What is a countertenor?

It's a feast in falsetto... from Farinelli and the Pope, to King's College Choir and Benjamin Britten, the cult of the countertenor is just beginning...

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: The premiere of Verdi’s Messa da...

Verdi’s Messa da Requiem was premiered in Milan's San Marco church under the baton of the conductor himself. Just 3 days later it lit up La Scala...

🎧 One Thing to Listen for in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

With its vivid depiction of Mother Nature, Vivaldi's Four Seasons needs little introduction. But what about all the creatures that inhabit this musical world? From chirping birds to barking dogs, Vivaldi's animals have voices of their own!

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Cavalleria Rusticana (1890)

Pietro Mascagni's verismo opera Cavalleria Rusticana started out as an unlikely competition entry. But its triumph saw the young Italian become "maestro."

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (1607)

Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo isn’t the first opera. But it’s remarkably close.

This Week in Music History: Verdi’s Falstaff premieres (1893)

Certain facts speak for themselves when it comes to the premiere...

10 Dinner Party Facts About Giuseppe Verdi

1. His date of birth is unclear. Scholars have found references on October 11th that state Giuseppe Verdi was "born yesterday," but...

This Week in Music History: Verdi’s Aida premieres (1871)

“We must at least keep the fee secret,” wrote Verdi in June 1870, about his latest project: Aida.