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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.

What stories make the best operas?

There are certain things that every opera needs to have. One is brilliant music, of course. And another is an enthralling plot. But where do opera’s stories come from?

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.

The Classical Coven

Double, double toil and treble! Today we're sharing a playlist of some of our favorite witches in the classical repertoire—some scarier than others...

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...