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This Week in Music History: Montserrat Caballé is born (1933)

Freddie Mercury described Monserrat Caballé's voice as “the best in the world.” Caballé was a born diva, and in 1964, became an instant star...

How to stage a controversy: Carl Nielsen’s Aladdin

Carl Nielsen’s Aladdin score is astonishingly evocative and shamelessly theatrical. But it's not just the music that made a lot of noise at the 1919 premiere...

🎧 One Thing to Listen for in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in...

The "talking" bass clarinet impersonating a caterpillar. Life in Unsuk Chin's psychadelic version of wonderland sure is a trip!

Episodes in the life of an artist: The astonishing life and...

150 years after Hector Berlioz's death, we recognise a man who dauntlessly pursued his artistic vision — his life and music a complex web of passion...

Did Berlioz really say all that!?

Take the #Berlioz150 quiz if you dare and see if you can tell Berlioz from Beethoven, Shakespeare and Goethe!

🎧 One Thing to Listen for in Bizet’s Carmen

The habanera. Bizet blends a lilting Cuban rhythm, a "borrowed" Spanish melody, and a heavy dose of chromaticism into one of opera's most recognizable hits.

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Carmen (1875)

The debut of Bizet's incendiary femme fatale who, for all her fatal attraction, couldn't win over her first audience...

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.

Love gone wrong: horrifying tales from classical music

Anyone who's familiar with the operatic stage knows that most love stories don't end with the perfect pair riding off into the sunset...

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

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